Mar 062011
 

Provo was a Dutch libertarian movement in the mid-1960s that focused on provoking violent responses from authorities using non-violent bait. It was preceded by the nozem movement and followed by the hippie movement. Provo was actually founded, on May 25, 1965, by Robert Jasper Grootveld, Roel van Duyn and Rob Stolk, both the were committed anarchists. Provo was officially disbanded on May 13, 1967.

Provo staged political and cultural interventions into the symbolic and everyday spaces of Holland from 1962-1967. This compilation of Provo footage, newly translated and subtitled by Janna Schoenberger and Dennis de Lange, includes scenes from the early happenings, Dutch political life, and interviews by key members of Provo – including an interview held with Robert Jasper Grootveld on his houseboat in Amsterdam.

See FILMS: Provo – It’s a Happening! and Provo — The Video

Mar 062011
 

A Place Called Chiapas is a Canadian documentary of first-hand accounts of the Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN) the (Zapatista Army of National Liberation and the lives of its soldiers and the people for whom they fight. Director Nettie Wild takes the viewer to rebel territory in the south west Mexican state of Chiapas, where the EZLN live and evade the Mexican Army.

A Place Called Chiapas  is a must movie for everyone who wants to learn more about the difficult situation in Chiapas, Mexico. The bravery and creativity of the indigenous people in this area of Mexico is breathtaking. They have managed to tell the world their story, and survive the presence of the well-armed Mexican troops and paramilitary forces.

See FILMS: A Place Called Chiapas

Mar 062011
 

All Power to the People! ( Parts 1 & 2) examines problems of race, poverty, dissent, and the universal conflict of the “haves versus the have nots”. U.S. government documents, rare news clips, and interviews with both ex-activists and former FBI/CIA officers, provide deep insight into the bloody conflict between political dissent and governmental authority in the U.S. of the 60s and 70s. Globally acclaimed as being the most accurate depictions of the goals, aspirations, and ultimate repression of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. All Power to the People! is a gripping, timeless news documentary. Opening with a montage of 400 years of race conflict in America, this powerful documentary provides the historical context for the establishment of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense in the mid-1960s. Organised by Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton, the Party soon embodied every major element of the civil rights movement which preceded it and the Black, Brown and Red power movements which it helped pioneer. The Party struck fear in the hearts of the white capitalist power structure, which feared it as a terrorist group. During the Nixon years, J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI, with the cooperation of the CIA, used all means at their disposal to infiltrate and derail the Black Power movement. Methods of state repression included assassination, frame-ups, dirty tricks and black propaganda. Witnesses include not only Party veterans and other Black Power pioneers and political prisoners such as Mumia Abu-Jamal, Dr. Mutulu Skakur and Dhoruba Bin Wahad, but also “establishment” figures like former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, CIA officer Philip Edward Agee, and retired FBI agents. Yet, the documentary is not a paean to the Panthers, for it criticizes the megalomania, corruption, and narcissism of some Party leaders, while it praises their courage and idealism. Whether or not one is sympathetic to the Black Panthers, the film is an important historic look at the political and racial turmoils of the 1960s and an up-close look at the leading players. SEE: FILMS