documentary

Danny Schechter RIP

Journalist and activist Danny Schechter passed away on Thursday.

I met him in Edinburgh around the time of the G8 in Gleneagles and he was an extremely nice man and we bounced a few emails back and forth after that.

So, in honour of him, here is his documentary Weapons of Mass Deception, about the media coverage surrounding the Iraq war…

The Gallery Of Rogues – With Greg Moodie

Another excellent video from the Phantom Power channel on Youtube.

The full title of this one is…

THE GALLERY OF ROGUES – The Art of Satire in the Scottish Independence Referendum with Greg Moodie

Greg explains the thinking behind the cartoons he has been making, both pre and post referendum…

They Won’t Be Repeating This

This is a must watch.

It’s a documentary documenting the history of obstructions placed in the way of the Scottish Independence movement by successive Tory and Labour governments through the years.

If you haven’t seen it, watch it now. If you have seen it, watch it again.

Saturday Matinee 26 – The Make Believers

This is a crowdfunded documentary that focuses on the coverage in the Scottish Independence referendum debate.

The parts I found particularly interesting are those about the tactics of the No campaign in the Quebec 1995 referendum. Those parts should really be paid close attention by Yes campaigners and activists in the run-up to our referendum… and start thinking of strategies to counteract…

 

Saturday Matinee 23 – Control Room

This is an interesting documentary from 2004 about the Al-Jazeera network.

It focuses on a few different areas such as Al Jazeera’s role in Arab society, bias in the media and notably the killing of Al-Jazeera journalists in Iraq.

The other films in this series are here.

A Lot Of Rubbish Will Be Televised

With the death of Hugo Chavez the bullsh*t-spinning is likely to be so fast that it will create some strange gravitational interactions. Pundits will be mysteriously pulled towards TV and radio stations to talk about this man who was supposedly a menace to “our” way of life, whoever “we” is supposed to be.

If I were you, if you want a better idea of some of the things that went on in Venezuela, I would watch either or both of these two documentaries.

The first is Chavez: Inside The Coup otherwise titled The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. This is a documentary from Irish station RTE which documents the goings on around the attempt in a right-wing coup to topple Chavez. The second one (they are both below) is John Pilger’s wonderful documentary The War On Democracy, which still brings a lump to the throat every time you see it…

Saturday Matinee 20 – Judgement Day: Intelligent Design On Trial

This documentary starts with a rather simplistic tone but it improves as it goes on.

The trial and surrounding events are the interesting parts, and the documentary doesn’t disappoint there.

A few years back in the United States, certain groups were trying to push the “teach the controversy” line with regards to Evolution Vs Intelligent Design, despite the fact that there is no controversy, and Intelligent Design is wrong.

The attempt to shoehorn creationism into the schools via intelligent design failed, but not before the whole thing had gone to court.

It’s a very interesting documentary, and should show you what to expect the next time all this comes up again…

Film Guide (with free films) – Part 7 – Odds & Ends

This is the last of these.

A few years ago I used to run a biweekly free film showing in the University for anyone who wanted to come along. The films were a mix of documentaries, fiction and  based on true story stuff. I would try to get a guest along to speak too.

I thought I would make the list of films available here with links to where you can see them free where possible.

I’ve divided them into rough groups and posted links to where you can find them online if you want to. The first week I had some films about the media and the second was economics, the third was biographies and the fourth was some great anti-war films. The fifth was documentaries about protests. The sixth was some tear-jerkers.

This 7th and last part it is a bit of a mix of everything, but all worth watching…

Why We Fightis a 2006 prize winning documentary film about the US military-industrial complex. The title refers to the World War 2 era eponymous propaganda movies commissioned by the U.S. Government to justify their decision to enter the war against the Axis Powers”.

The full thing is online here.

The War On Democracy“The War On Democracy’ (2007) was John Pilger’s first for cinema. It explores the current and past relationship of Washington with Latin American countries such as Venezuela, Bolivia and Chile”.

The full film is online here.

Supersize Me I am sure most of you have seen this but it is Morgan Spurlock’s documentary about the health effects of McDonald’s food. In order to test this he subjects himself to eating nothing but McDonalds every day for a month.

It is online if you look. Easy to find.

They LiveThis is a rather good film by director John Carpenter, it’s an alien film but, well, it isn’t really. You’ll have to watch it to find out why.

Here is the IMDB page. You can look around online for it too.

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (aka Chavez: Inside the Coup) – “2002 documentary about the April 2002 Venezuelan coup attempt which briefly deposed Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. A television crew from Ireland’s national broadcaster, RTÉ happened to be recording a documentary about Chávez during the events of April 11, 2002. Shifting focus, they followed the events as they occurred. During their filming, the crew recorded images of the events that they say contradict explanations given by Chávez’s opposition, the private media, the US State Department, and then White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer. The documentary says that the coup was the result of a conspiracy between various old guard and anti-Chávez factions within Venezuela and the United States”.

It is online here.

Film Guide (with free films) – Part 5 – Protest Documentaries

A few years ago I used to run a biweekly free film showing in the University for anyone who wanted to come along. The films were a mix of documentaries, fiction and  based on true story stuff. I would try to get a guest along to speak too.

I thought I would make the list of films available here with links to where you can see them free where possible.

I’ve divided them into rough groups and posted links to where you can find them online if you want to. The first week I had some films about the media and the second was economics, the third was biographies and the fourth was some great anti-war films.

This time round we are looking at documentaries from various protests around the world…

Taking Liberties – This is of interest to anyone who has forgotten how bad the bLIAR was and the civil liberties he stripped away. Also of interest to people who want reminding of it and for people who enjoy gnashing their teeth.

Here is a link to the first part online and you can work your way through it.

The Miami Model – A remarkable film about the protests in Miami at the FTAA meeting and the policing of those protests.

It is online here. I wrote a review of it here. David Rovics wrote a song about it here.

The Fourth World War – This documentary takes a look at different struggles all around the world and shows how they are based around similar discontents.

The first part is here and you can work your way through.