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We The People Have Found Our Voice

Occupy Wall Street #2

[8 minutes, New York 2011]
In collaboration with Iva Rad

We the people have found our voice.
(NYC General Assembly, September 27, 2011)

If it’s our sharing that makes us powerful, why return to normal?
This life is more worth living than the one we left behind.
(Anonymous leaflet, Solidarity March with Occupy Wall Street, October 5, 2011)

How do our voices of dissent encounter each other?
Do we really want to merge our raging cacophony into a unified political agenda?
What if the voice of the people is always in a mode of becoming?
Welcome to the hidden track of Occupy Wall Street:
We are discovering new ways in which our desires can resonate together.
This space is our sonogram of potential.

Presentations:
Union Docs – organized by Rooftopfilms (NYC), ONE WORLD BERLIN Film Festival for for Human Rights and Media – Arsenal Kino (Germany)

Featured in:
99% Videos, European Platform for Progressive Politics, Free Speech TVHarper’s Magazine, The Hunter Envoy, The Filmmaker Magazine, The Polis, Truth Media TV, Reflections of a Revolution, Occupy Videos, Weltnetz TV

Soon on the DVD “Mic Check” – an anthology of short documentaries on Occupy Wall Street. Distributed by the Media Education Foundation.

 

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Nobody Can Predict The Moment of Revolution

Occupy Wall Street #1

[8 minutes, New York 2011]
In collaboration with Iva Rad

Subtitles: Danish, Malayalam, Russian, Spanish (choose language on universal subtitles), German and Japanese

Iva and I, shot this video during the 5th and 6th day of the occupation of Liberty Square. The Occupy Wall Street movement was inpired by recent uprisings in Spain, Greece, Egypt, and Tunisia which most of us were following online. Despite of the initial media blackout by corporate media, yahoo’s attempt to censor e-mail communication and incredible police brutality, the occupation has been growing in numbers and spreading to other cities in the US and abroad.

This video went viral within few days. We received video responses from all over the world, including Berlin and Belgrad!

Presentations:
NYU Gallatin Galleries (NYC), Red Hook Film Festival (NYC), The Commons – organized by The Brooklyn Filmmaker’s Collective (NYC), ONE WORLD BERLIN Film Festival for for Human Rights and Media – Arsenal Kino (Germany)

Featured in:
Brooklyn Rail
, Common Dreams, European Platform for Progressive Politics, Free Speech TV, labournet.tv, Jadaliya Egypt, laournet.tv, The Filmmaker Magazine, The Hunter Envoy, Reflections of a Revolution, Occupy Videos, Occupy.com, Time News Feed, Webdice Japan, ZEIT ONLINE

Soon on the DVD “Mic Check” – an anthology of short documentaries on Occupy Wall Street. Distributed by the Media Education Foundation.

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Protect Me From What I Want – Revisited

[7 minutes, New York 2011]
In collaboration with Iva Rad

In Berlin, I had this poster of Jenny Holzer’s text-installation in Times Square in 1986.
This aphorism stayed with me for a long time.

After having moved to New York, I wanted to visit Times Square 25 years after Holzer’s intervention and find out how people deal with the paradoxical relationship between desire and danger.

It was interesting to learn how our interview partner were relating to the extreme privatization of public space that had occured at Times Square.

The most revealing statement to me was: I don’t need any protection, I don’t want anything that is bad for me. If there is such a thing like “US American mentality” this statement would be emblematic.

Here’s a little quiz: The main character coincidentally shows up in another documentary that Iva and I made. Can you identify the person? Email the answer to: secret@filmdetective.org.

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