Benefit for the legal costs for the 6 arrested people on June 13th

niculpThursday September 17th 2015, Benefit for the legal costs for the 6 arrested people on June 13th 2015. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

Call for solidarity! In recent months a wave of repression has hit Spain. A package of laws, limiting basic human rights, including freedom of speech and freedom of assembly has been passed, the so-called ‘Ley Mordaza’ (‘gag law’). Two massive police operations, ironically named ‘Pandora’ and ‘Piñata’ have resulted in multiple arrests, house raids, confiscation of electronic equipment and several charges of terrorism. As a response, several anti-repression demonstrations have taken place, with the most recent resulting in 6 arrests and charges including civil disobedience and possession of explosives.
In addition to this, there has been a series of evictions of social centers and harassment from police, which has made fund raising all the more difficult. The situation has reached extremes in which, for example, anti-repression fund-raising accounts have been blocked. International solidarity is needed, especially at a financial level.

Nuestra mejor arma: La Solidaridad!
Abajo los muros de las prisiones!

Volkseten Vegazulu is a people’s kitchen, every monday and thursday, 7pm, vegan food for 4€ or donation. All benefits go for social & political struggles. No reservation.

We’re always looking for cooks. Any help is welcome in the kitchen. Experience not required. Enjoying it is a must. If you want to know which days are still available in the schedule, send an email to joe [at] squat [dot] net and book yourself the night. You can, of course, also participate by rolling up your sleeves and doing the dishes.

Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: White Dog (1982)

white_dogSunday September 13th 2015, Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: White Dog (1982). Directed by Samuel Fuller, 90 minutes, in English. High-definition screening. Free admission. Door opens at 20:00, Film starts at 21:00.

Back in the 80s this was a piece of cinematic dynamite. Just the premise of it sent shock waves through the film industry. Whats it about? It centers on a young girl who injures a stray dog, and takes it home to bring it back to health. Although its a beautiful dog, it does act strange at times. Soon she finds out that it is a “white dog”- a dog which has been programmed into attacking black people by a previous racist owner. That is the premise and the movie then goes into how to deal with the situation.

Adapted from a book by Romain Gary (to whom the picture is dedicated) and it based on a real life event that happened to his wife Jean Seberg. Originally Roman Polanski was signed up to direct it, but then he was forced to escape America after he was charged with a sex crime. So finally, six years later, it fell into the hands of the maverick director Samuel Fuller.

Once it was finished the studio felt it was too volatile and it was shelved (basically banned) so it wasn’t allowed to be screened in America. Director Fuller was pissed off and moved to France and never made another movie in America. It splits audiences like crazy… is it a well-made film or not? Is it racist or anti-racist? Its a controversial film that stirs up a wild discussion in any event. The music score is by Ennio Morricone. […Lees verder]

Movie Night: The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orléans (2009)

The_Bad_Lieutenant_Port_of_Call_New_Orleans_2009Sunday September 27th 2015, Movie Night: The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orléans (Werner Herzog, 2009, fiction, 122 minutes). Door opens at 8pm, film begin at 9pm. Free admission.

Wonder of wonders: The Bad Lieutenant remake is not actually bad at all. German film-maker Werner Herzog has taken Abel Ferrara’s 1992 saga by the scruff of the neck, shifted the action from New York to New Orleans and cast Nicolas Cage in the old Harvey Keitel role, as a morally bankrupt law enforcer. The purists are raging and Ferrara is incensed. If ever a movie arrives hexed with dark voodoo, this movie is it.
And yet Herzog’s devil-may-care insouciance has paid off brilliantly. He does not retread Bad Lieutenant so much as reinvent it. Out goes Ferrara’s dark marinade of blood, semen and Catholic guilt. In comes an espresso of caffeine and amphetamines that, in its way, is just as effective. […Lees verder]

ICAD Benefit

ICADThursday September 24th 2015, ICAD Benefit, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm

Sultan Recip Erdogan is bombing the positions of the Kurdish freedom fighters. The only ones who fought with success against the ISIS fascists were and are the Kurdish. We have seen that with the liberation of Rojava in Syria and the successfully defense of Kobani.

ICAD, International Committee Against Disappearances, has established in Istanbul in 1996. Direct reason was the disappearance of Hasan Ocak, a Turkish activist, in march 1995. Two months later his body was found. To let disappear is a manner of state terror to paralyze social protest against oppression and exploitation. Family, friends, political co-activists don’t know if their beloved ones are still alive. Not only political murders, tortures, extra-juridical killings, secret detention centers is a manner of state terror but also “disappearances”.

Disappearances, a method of state terror. Disappearances are practices of state terror. Specially in countries where exists a big difference between the rich and the poor. There where people resists in an organized way they have to do with all kinds of repression, so as disappearances. More than one million people has been disappeared since the end of the Second World War. […Lees verder]

Iranian Movie night: At Five in the Afternoon (2003)

At_Five_in_the_Afternoon_Maysam_MakhmalbafSunday September 20th 2015, Iranian Movie Night: At Five in the Afternoon (Persian: پنج عصر, Panj é asr‎) by Samira Makhmalbaf, Iran, 2003, 106 min.). In Dari Persian with English subtitles. Door opens at 8pm, film begin at 9pm. Free admission.

It tells the story of an ambitious young woman trying to gain an education in Afghanistan after the defeat of the Taliban. The title comes from a Federico García Lorca poem and is a tale of flourishing against the odds. At Five in the Afternoon was the first film to be shot in Kabul after the NATO invasion.
After the fall of the Taliban regime, the schools again open their doors to girls. Nogreh (Agheleh Rezaie) dreams of liberation. She wants to become Head of State (following Benazir Bhutto’s example), in order to reform the status of the Afghan woman. But the girl and her family only meet misery and desolation in a country in ruins.
This third full-length film by the talented Iranian filmmaker is without question her most pessimistic. It’s the prolongation of the segment she directed within the framework of the collective film 11′ 09′ 01. It also echoes the film Kandahar, directed by her father.

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Film night at Joe’s Garage, cozy cinema! Doors open at 8pm, film begins at 9pm, free entrance. You want to play a movie, let us know: joe [at] squat [dot] net

Cinema of the Dam’d presents: Danger: Diabolik

DiabolikSunday August 23rd 2015, Cinema of the Dam’d presents: Danger: Diabolik. Directed by Mario Bava, 1968, 105 minutes. Doors- 20h, Short films- 20:30, Feature- 21h. Free admission.

Masked criminal mastermind Diabolik (John Philip Law) and his sexy sidekick Eva (Marisa Mell) stage a series of bold heists, hauling their loot to a luxurious underground lair. When Diabolik sets his sights on the nation’s tax buildings, he becomes the world’s most wanted terrorist, sending cops and mobsters in hot pursuit. Mario Bava’s stylish caper boasts striking comic book compositions, eye-popping colors, psychedelic set design and a swinging 60s score by Ennio Morricone. Adapted from a long-running Italian comic book series, DANGER: DIABOLIK is widely-regarded as one of the best translations from panel to picture— a subversive celebration of the super villain as antihero.
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Film night at Joe’s Garage, cozy cinema! Doors open at 8pm, film begins at 9pm, free entrance. You want to play a movie, let us know: joe [at] squat [dot] net

Movie Night: Encounters at the End of the World (2007)

End_of_the_worldSunday August 16th 2015, Movie Night: Encounters at the End of the World (Werner Herzog, 2007, documentary, 99 minutes). Door opens at 8pm, film begin at 9pm. Free admission.

Read the title of “Encounters at the End of the World” carefully, for it has two meanings. As he journeys to the South Pole, which is as far as you can get from everywhere, Werner Herzog also journeys to the prospect of man’s oblivion. Far under the eternal ice, he visits a curious tunnel whose walls have been decorated by various mementos, including a frozen fish that is far away from its home waters. What might travelers from another planet think of these souvenirs, he wonders, if they visit long after all other signs of our civilization have vanished?

Herzog has come to live for a while at the McMurdo Research Station, the largest habitation on Antarctica. He was attracted by underwater films taken by his friend Henry Kaiser, which show scientists exploring the ocean floor. They open a hole in the ice with a blasting device, then plunge in, collecting specimens, taking films, nosing around. They investigate an undersea world of horrifying carnage, inhabited by creatures so ferocious, we are relieved they are too small to be seen. And also by enormous seals who sing to one another. In order not to limit their range, Herzog observes, the divers do not use a tether line, so they must trust themselves to find the hole in the ice again. I am afraid to even think about that. […Lees verder]

Cinema of the Dam’d presents: Kung Fu Hustle

kungfuhustleSunday August 9th 2015, Cinema of the Dam’d presents: Kung Fu Hustle. Directed by Stephen Chow, 2004, 98 minutes. Screened in Cantonese with English subtitles. Free admission. Doors- 20h, Short films- 20:30, Feature- 21h

In 1930s Shanghai, wannabe mobster Sing (Stephen Chow) and his dimwitted pal Bone (Lam Chi-chung) impersonate members of the powerful Axe Gang. When they try to bully the poor residents of Pig Sty Alley, they’re scared off by a trio of tenants with secret kung fu powers. Their antics trigger a war between the actual Axe Gang and the underdogs of Pig Sty Alley, as the world’s most fearsome fighters descend on the doomed neighborhood. Stephen Chow’s anarchic action comedy has the visual invention of a Tex Avery cartoon with the unexpected sweetness of a Chaplin silent. Its imaginative use of CGI breaks the laws of physics and plays with the plasticity of the medium, pushing the wonderfully choreographed fight scenes to surreal comedic heights. Packed with sly movie references and inspired performances by Hong Kong chopsocky legends, KUNG FU HUSTLE is a loving, but irreverent tribute to the martial arts genre.

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Film night at Joe’s Garage, cozy cinema! Doors open at 8pm, film begins at 9pm, free entrance. You want to play a movie, let us know: joe [at] squat [dot] net

Concert with The Resonant Rogues (Asheville, NC)

european_tour_the_resonant_roguesMonday July 27th 2015: Acoustic gig with The Resonant Rogues (Asheville, NC).  Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm. Concert from 9 till 10pm.

The Resonant Rogues, hailing from Asheville, NC, have ears for the past and eyes toward the future. Partners Sparrow and Keith J. Smith write songs that transcend genres, blending Gypsy jazz and Balkan music with American folk traditions like old-time and blues.  Their infectious melodies and eloquent lyrics bring a nouveau pop sensibility to their old fashioned style.  2015 promises to be a big year for the young group, with the release of their new all-original album and tours that span the US and Europe.

This is your last chance to see them in Amsterdam this summer after playing various squats and social centers around the city.

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West Sahara info and movie night: La Güera, my forgotten land

Sunday July 26th 2015, West Sahara info and movie night. ‘La Güera – my forgotten land’ by Gilberto Mastromatteo. Two speakers, film director Gilberto Mastromatteo and co-director Fiorella Bendoni. Door opens at 8pm, event starts at 9pm.

‘La Güera – my forgotten land’ by Gilberto Mastromatteo. Produced by the association “Ban Slout Larbi”.
Mohamed lives in Nouadhibou, in Mauritania. But he can always see the ghost of his former town in front of his eyes. Aalien, the postman, fled to refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria. But he’s still thinking about the houses and the streets where he used to deliver letters. Zeinabu, in Tenerife, looks at the Ocean from her terrace. She looks in the direction of La Güera, her town that no longer exists. The stories of the inhabitants of a “ghost town”, located on the border between Mauritania and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (Sadr). The destiny of a forgotten land hidden under the sand. […Lees verder]

Infonight with speakers from ISM-Palestine, Concert with Trio Bordelestino (Santiago de Chile), The Casual Acoustics (Amsterdam)

20150720_Bordelestino_The_Casual_AcousticsMonday July 20th 2015, Volkseten Vegazulu, peoples kitchen, door opens at 7pm. Infonight with speakers from ISM-Palestine at 8pm. Concert with Trio Bordelestino (Santiago de Chile) and The Casual Acoustics (Amsterdam), gypsy jazz tango bossanova. Early concert!

Informatie avond met sprekers van ISM-Palestine
Woordvoerders van ISM Palestine zijn op Europa-tour, en zullen van 18 tot 22 juli in Nederland zijn (ook dinsdag 21 juli, op de ADM, Info-night about situation in Palestine). Er zijn een aantal bijeenkomsten georganiseerd, waar geïnteresseerden kennis kunnen maken met de doelstellingen, het werk, de geschiedenis, de toekomst en de mogelijkheden om deel te nemen aan het vrijwilligerswerk van de International Solidarity Movement in Palestina (Nablus, Hebron, Ramallah, Gaza).
Spreken zullen o.a.:
– Mariam Barghouti, journalist, student aan de Universiteit van Bir Zeit en bekend van de actie Free.mariam.barghouti (2014) en haar artikelen in de internationale pers:
– Karam, longterm vrijwilliger van ISM-Palestine
– Een woordvoerder van de ISM-NL supportgroep.
Videobeelden van het werk van ISM in Palestina zullen getoond worden. Na de plenaire Q&A zal er gelegenheid zijn om te spreken met de aanwezige vrijwilligers van ISM-palestine en ISM-nederland.

Concert with Trio Bordelestino and The Casual Acoustics.

Trio Bordelestino, a French/Chilean acoustic band formed in Santiago of Chili in 2011, by members Lolita Ponce, violin and vocals, Javier Valdebenito, double bass, and David Santis, accordion and vocals. Their repertoire ranges from tango, to French chanson; from Italian canzonetta and tarantella, to Chilean waltz and tonada; from Balkan music, to jazz, and to their own songs which melt those music genres with stories and poems. The use of acoustic instruments has made us a constant presence on the streets, in Chile, Brasil, France and Italy.

The Casual Acoustics are based in Amsterdam. Trio with Vicente (guitar), Hernan (bass), and one clarinet. Inspired by Tchavolo Schmitt, Django Rheinhardt and south american music with a touch of bossanova. […Lees verder]

Iranian Movie night: The Day I Became a Woman (2000)

TheDayIBecameAWomanSunday July 19th 2015, Iranian Movie night: The Day I Became a Woman (Persian: Roozi ke zan shodam, روزی که زن شدم‎) by Marzieh Meshkini (2000, 78 minutes). In Persian with English subtitles. Door opens at 8pm, film begins at 9pm. Free admission.

It is comprised of three interconnected vignettes that depict women at three stages of life in Iran. It premièred at the 2000 Venice Film Festival and won several festival awards during 2000. This film is episodic and it consists of 3 stories about the women’s situation in Iran.

First story: Hava
One morning a small girl named Hava wakes up and notices that she has become a woman because she is now 9 years old and playing in the streets with the boys is considered a sin from that day on. Hava cries and asks her grandmother to go to the street for one last goodbye with the boys.

Second story: Ahoo
This episode is about a young lady whom participates in the women’s bicycle race with her black traditional chador (veil) and her husband, while riding a horse, threatens to divorce her if she doesn’t get off the bicycle.

Third story: Houra
This episode is about an old woman whom has inherited some money during the last years of her life after years of poverty and now she has decided to spend all the money before she dies and to buy all the stuff that she always wished to buy during her life.

The film was co-written by director Marzieh Meshkini, from a script by her husband Mohsen Makhmalbaf. It was shot on Kish Island in the Hormozgān Province in southern Iran. Meshkini has said that as a female filmmaker, she found making a film in Iran particularly difficult, having to prove her abilities to the cast and crew before being accepted by them.

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Film night at Joe’s Garage, cozy cinema! Doors open at 8pm, film begins at 9pm, free entrance. You want to play a movie, let us know: joe [at] squat [dot] net

Benefit for All Included, Concert Qaraba Ensemble

20150713_Benefit_All_Included_Concert_Qaraba_EnsembleMonday July 13th 2015, Benefit for All Included, for freedom of movement and fair development! Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm. After the voku, concert Qaraba Ensemble, Rebetiko songs, traditional Greek songs.

All Included Amsterdam is a new initiative that fights for freedom of movement and for the right of residence for migrants. In a time when globalization is a fact, migration should be recognized as part of a package deal. It’s All Included. This means: no illegality, no detention for undocumented migrants and no forced evictions.

With the disappearance of national borders, national identity disappears. Everyone becomes global citizen and deserves regardless of origin equal rights and equal opportunities. Therefore also for migrants ‘all included’ rights and obligations. fightsg for an open society through extra-parliamentary action which intervenes in the political climate of assimilation, closeness and fear. Through direct assistance to rejected asylum seekers and other migrants without residence permit, indictments against abuses of current polities are being propagated. We want to contribute to the public debate with alternative visions of migration and globalization based on open borders, solidarity and initiative from the base.

All Included, Plantage Doklaan 12, 1018 CM Amsaterdam

After the food, concert with Qaraba Ensemble. Yannis Karampatzias together with Dine Qaram Baar and Charis Konstantinou, trio guitar, bouzouki and potirokoboloi.

Qaraba was founded in 2012 in Prague by Yannis Karampatzias. He performs on a variety of Greek and Turkish traditional stringed instruments including saz baglama (taburas), lavta (Constantinople lute), tzuras and baglamas. In 2013 together with violinist Milan Jakes (CZ), guitarist Thomas Opata and Geraldine Baar on koboloi they formed the Qaraba Ensemble. The repertoire includes traditional folk music from the Asia Minor to the Black Sea focusing on melodies from Smyrna (Izmir) and Constantinople (Istanbul) of the early 1900’s, Rebetiko songs (undergound musical genre that was born at the end of the 19th century in hash dens and prisons of the Greek urban centers), Byzantine and Ottoman classical compositions emphasizing on the art of taxim (form of improvisation on non-occidental musical scales known as ‘makams/maqamat’).
Qaraba Ensemble […Lees verder]