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Archive for April 26th, 2012

 

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A new feature documentary about Ulrike Meinhof and Fusako Shigenobu

Ulrike Meinhof and Fusako Shigenobu emerged from the student revolutions of 1968 to become the leading female revolutionaries of their time. Appalled by the killing in Vietnam, they set out to destroy capitalist power through world revolution, as leaders of the Baader Meinhof Group and the Japanese Red Army.

Authors and journalists Bettina Röhl and May Shigenobu explore the lives of their mothers, Ulrike and Fusako, providing a unique perspective on two of the most notorious “terrorists” in contemporary history.

On the run or kidnapped when their mothers went underground, May and Bettina emerged from difficult childhoods to lead their own extraordinary lives.

With capitalism once more in crisis and revolution again sweeping the Arab world, we ask what were they fighting for and what have we learned?

Shot in Tokyo, Beirut, Jordan and Germany, the film is a co-production between Transmission Films, WDR and the Irish Film Board.

Now available for  rent or download  on iTunes in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

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Guerrilla Semiotics

Consider the Brazilian artist Cildo Meireles, who in 1970, during a time of military dictatorship, initiated what he called “insertions into ideological circuits.” Meireles selected simple agitprop messages, such as YANKEES GO HOME!, and had them stamped onto banknotes and inscribed onto refillable Coke bottles, relying on an existing system of circulation to disseminate them widely. His emphasis was not so much on the message but its serial repetition by a system that if not for its tangential placement would have censored it.

–Barry Schwabsky, Signs of Protest: Occupy’s Guerilla Semiotics, The Nation (Jan. 2, 2012)

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