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Interview with Support New York

Power and Justice as Unlimited Resources
[22 minutes, New York 2011]

Photography by Lise Chevalier

Kat and Milo share insights in the work of the volunteer run collective Support New York. The collective is dedicated to heal the effects of sexual assault and abuse within the radical community. Support New York focuses on meeting the needs of the survivor, and holding accountable those who have perpetrated harm. The volunteers also strive for a larger dialog within the community about consent, mutual aid, and challenging the society’s narrow definition of abuse.

Even though Support New York operates within a narrow local radius, it can serve as an inspiring case study of community empowerment and transformative justice.

Kat and Milo start of by defining the most important terms used by Support New York such as – survivor, perpetrator, abuse, calling out, and process. Their thoughtful reflections on these definitions always point out to the larger concept of transformative justice.

We discuss the surprisingly persistent figure of the “anarchist hero” and the reasons why groups who deal with anti-oppression work oftentimes replicate oppressive behavior themselves. Later, we dig into the concrete methods that Support New York employs to confront these harmful patterns:

What are the specific demands of survivors? What kind of demands are realistic? How does Support New York deal with revenge phantasies? What are the possibilities to involve perpetrators in a successful process? What are the limitations? How long does a process take? How does a typical scenario look like? …

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Diversity of Tactics

[8 minutes, New York 2011]

The following recordings combines two different protests which occurred within 24 hours. One protest was announced and failed. The other protest was unpredicted and successful. I don’t know if you can hear the difference between failure and success. I believe that the different energy levels are audible. But don’t trust me. I am speaking to you as a participant, not as a docummentarian.

For this piece, I combined field recordings from two different marches of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Both marches happened during the International Day of Rage on October 15, 2011.

The sound bites depict the highly emotionalized temperature of crowds. I decided to contrast them with a personal narration which adds analytical reflection to the field recordings.

I want to play with two time layers: The spontaneity of the crowd as it is trying to act as one body in present tense, and the individual voice that attempts to revisit sound memories after the march has occured.

Featured in:
The People’s Production House

 

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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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Ethics of The Film Detective – A Creative Statement

This is a short script for a performance I enacted in front of a live audience. In this performance, I am reflecting upon my ethical beliefs in relation to filmmaking. The structure is simple. Feel free to adjust it to your own creative practice.

Link to script

 

 

 

 

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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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Vorsorgen (Preventing)

[15 minutes, Berlin 2007]

Only available in German.

I produced this audio piece in 2007 when I was obsessed with the taboo of mortality in capitalist society.

“Vorsorgen” is a unique German verb which means “to prevent”. The literal translation consists of “pre” (vor-) and “worry” (sorgen).

Within a week, I visited several funeral institutions in order to plan all logistical details for my own ceremony. The consultants were all women in their fifties. I was fascinated by their way of talking about death as if it was predictable and unpredictable at the same time. The German obsession with bureaucracy made it apparently possible to forget about the existential issue that was at the center of the planning.

All conversations were recorded with hidden microphones.

Presentation:
Rundgang, University of the Arts 2007

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