Sunday October 5th 2014, Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema by Jeffrey Babcock: Knoflíkáři (Buttoners). Directed by Petr Zelenka, 1997, 106 minutes, in Czech with English subtitles. Door opens at 8pm, film begins at 9pm.
The unbelievable burst of creativity that emerged from Czechoslovakian cinema of the 60s is mostly something of the past. Today the general film scene there is as dim as it is everywhere else. But of course there are exceptions, and director Petr Zelenka is one of them. Where many directors are going for a more slick Hollywood-derived approach to cinema, Zelenka is one of the black sheep, the enfant terrible of his generation. His movies are wild, deranged and surreal black comedies, but at the same time they ultimately culminate in some sort of philosophical observation. In general his films explore the broken dreams of the so-called Velvet Generation… the moral confusion and existential loneliness that was ushered in with western consumerism. [...Lees verder]
Friday, September 26th, 19:00: ‘Feminism is for everybody’ spoken word night
We welcome you to our spoken word night about feminism! We adopt the definition of ‘feminist topics’ in the broadest way, so feel free to make your performance about anything YOU think is connected to feminism. And about your experience. To us, that can be anything from racism, transphobia, marxist feminism, gender roles, pay gap, rape culture, pride, reproductive rights, global warming, masculinity, transmisogyny, femmephobia, sex work, beauty standards, black feminism, white middle class feminism, body autonomy, feminism and class, men and feminism, overly academic feminism, fat positivity, inclusive spaces, media representation, safe spaces, body positivity, sex positivity, queer feminism, identity politics, Islamophobia, cat calling, hair, women’s and trans only spaces, communicating consent, and anything else you may have spotted through your experiences.
This event is part of a wider monthly series called ‘Feminism is for everybody,’ taking place in Joe’s Garage and other places in Amsterdam.
What to expect? A safe space for people to:
- talk about feminism and its intersections with racism, classism, transhphobia, homophobia,
- share experiences related to these forms of oppression
- explore ways of expression, from casual chats to semi-structured discussions to workshops to poetry to performances to whatever comes up.
By the way, safe space means that if you behave like an asshole, you will be asked to leave.
Sunday September 14th 2014, Movie night: I love hooligans, an animated short film by Jan-Dirk Bouw (2013, 12min, dutch with english subtitles) and Idiots and Angels, an animated feature film by (2008, 78min, no spoken language). Door opens at 8pm, film begins at 9pm.
I Love Hooligans
In “I Love Hooligans” we enter the world of a homosexual hooligan who feels unconditional love for his club. However, being gay, this hooligan has to hide his identity in order to survive in this world that is so precious to him. Football is what he lives for, and his sexual orientation and love life have been relegated to the margin. It is a well-kept secret.
Update Fr. 12.09.2014: There might be the chance (not yet 100% confirmed) that Jan-Dirk Bouw is joining us for questions and answers about I Love Hooligans. Really great!
Idiots and Angles
Plympton on what inspired the idea for “Idiots and Angles”…
The core idea of “Idiots and Angels” came to me while I was in France and someone asked me, after seeing “Hair High,” what my next project would be. Off the top of my head, I don’t know where it came from – I blurted out “An asshole guy wakes up one morning with wings on his back, and he doesn’t like it because the wings make him do good things.”
The kid who asked the question thought that was an excellent idea for a film, and after I thought about it, so did I. [...Lees verder]
Thursday September 11th 2014: Hands off the trees! Call for action in the Hambacher Forest, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm. With the screening of the Hambacher Forest movie (german with english subtitles) that was finished in 2014.
Time for Action! Cutting season starts in october! We won‘t just stand and watch! Every autumn the forest prepares for the sleepy wintertime. The leaves fall off the trees, the squirrels hide the last nuts and the activists insolate their tree houses. Every being is looking forward to a cold but quiet and peaceful time. But with the beginning of october, the machines intrude the Hambach Forest again. Humans and so-called “Harvester” (big machines for cutting trees) will not grant any rest to the forest and forward the cutting barrier for another 200m towards the camp, to kill more of the already wounded Hambach Forest. But if they won‘t let the forest sleep, we don‘t want to rest either.
There’s innumerable possibilities to interfere, let it be by direct action, confusion or the expansion of the occupation.
So for all those, who don‘t have the time or energy to spend a long time in the forest, there is enough ways to support the struggle: Get your affinity group (people you trust), sit together, be creative and think of an action you would like to do in the forest – on the action weekends, but also on any other day.
If you want to come on your own, you can join in on the bigger monthly action days or come whenever you want and support us in making a difference! [...Lees verder]
Monday September 8th 2014: Benefit for ‘We Are Here’, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.
On Saturday August 23rd, a group of refugees squatted an empty office building on the Jan Tooropstraat. From the Vluchtopvang on the Linneaushof 4, they had squatted on August 16th the Vluchtschool on the Zuidelijke Wandelweg 30 in the Rivierenbuurt, their 10th location in 2 years. They stayed one week in this building before they take the Vlutchgebouw on the Jan Tooropstraat 649.
The death of a refugee from the Vluchtgarage is a tragedy. ‘Our grief is great. One of our brothers died yesterday evening. Naser Galid was 32 years old and a refugee from Somalia. He was wounded after a very unfortunate quarrel in the Vluchtgarage. In the coma for five days, he died in the AMC hospital. The refugees from the Vluchtgarage are living under great tension and very bad living conditions. There are no adequate basic services and the daily stress among the refugees, who have no residence status in Netherlands, is great. Their future is uncertain and the situation is hopeless. They have nowhere to go and have no ability to own something to improve their situation. NGO’s such as Amnesty International were alarmed on several occasions..’
A few days later, a volunteer from ‘We Are Here’ condemned in harsh words mayor Van der Laan in a public statment.
For more information about the ‘We Are Here’ refugees, look on: http://www.wijzijnhier.org
You can bring maintainable food (cans), juice, toilet articles, tea, coffee, etc… This evening at Joe’s Garage and it will be delivered at the refugees. Also you can go there yourself:
Vluchtgebouw: Jan Tooropstraat 649 (nieuw-west)
Vluchtgarage : Kralenbeek 100 (zuid-oost)
NOBODY IS ILLEGAL
FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT [...Lees verder]
Sunday September 7th 2014, Movie night: The Land Between, a documentary film by David Fedele (2013, with english subtitles). Door opens at 8pm, film begins at 9pm.
Synopsis: THE LAND BETWEEN offers an intimate insight into the hidden and desperate lives of Sub-Saharan African migrants living in the mountains of northern Morocco. For most, their dream is to enter Europe by jumping a highly-militarized barrier into Melilla, a Spanish enclave on the African continent.
With unique and unprecedented access, this film documents the everyday life of these migrants trapped in limbo, as well as the extreme violence and constant mistreatment they face from both the Moroccan and Spanish authorities. It also explores many universal questions, including how and why people are prepared to risk everything, including their life, to leave their country, their family and friends, in search of a new and better life. [...Lees verder]
Sunday August, 31st 2014, Yellow Submarine (1968), director: George Dunning, 85 minutes. In English. Door opens at 8pm, film begins at 9pm.
George Dunning(Best known for his work on The Beatles feature ‘Yellow Submarine’) was born on November 17, 1920 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was a producer and director, known for Yellow Submarine (1968), The Flying Man (1962) and The Apple (1963). He died on February 15, 1979 in London, England
Animator, trained under Norman McLaren at the National Film Board of Canada. With UPA from 1955, later taking over their London operation. Remained in England after the unit’s closure, and formed his own company. An expert at glass work and pencil animation. [...Lees verder]
Monday August 25th 2014: Benefit for ‘Theaterstraat, rise from the ashes together!’, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.
Another Theaterstraat Benefit dinner!
On December 2nd 2013 a big fire burned the warehouse of the TheaterStraat collective to the ground. TheaterStraat is well-known for their support during demonstrations and events with their iconic yellow-red stage truck, but also provides transportation with their coaches, logistical support and loads more for diy activist and cultural events.
The trucks and coaches were saved, but all the rest is gone (sound equipment, stage lighting, mixing desks, the tents, containers, tools, the ware-house, the office and so on and so forth. A big mess and an awfull damage and loss!
Thanks to the hands and donations of many, a part of the warehouse and some of the technical equipments is by now cleaned, recovered or replaced. People are still rebuilding, a 5th of the damage got covered by the transport insurance, and an alternative revolutionary crowd funding and other donations also brought in money, so that now half of is covered – but still more is needed.
Therefore, a comité “Help Theaterstraat uit de Brand” together with Paradiso organise a benefit party at Paradiso on Sunday 31st of August with acts of De Kift, The Ex, Kalio Gayo, Fanfare van de Eerste Liefdesnacht and DJ kollectief Kansloos & Schuifdicht, where also burned art and foto’s from the damage will be auctioned. Come all!
This dinner tonight at Joes hopefully makes a small contribution as well. Come and EAT!
Theaterstraat, rise from the ashes together! [...Lees verder]
Sunday August 24th 2014. Pi by Darren Aronofsky, 1998, 84 minutes. In English. Door opens at 8pm, film begins at 9pm.
A paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature.
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
Sunday August 17th 2014. A Time for Drunken Horses by Bahman Ghobadi, 2000, 85 minutes. Door opens at 8pm, film begins at 9pm.
Kurdish Iranian filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi grew up during the devastating Iran-Iraq War, which killed several of his relatives. After starting out in photography, he began attracting attention in his twenties from his short documentary films about Kurdish life. After serving as Abbas Kiarostami’s assistant director on The Wind Will Carry Us (Bād Mā-ra- Khāhad Bord, 1997), he expanded the theme of one of his short documentary films, Life in Fog, to make his first feature film, A Time for Drunken Horses (Zamani Barayé Masti Asbha, 2000). The film, about the harsh circumstances of an impoverished Kurdish family near the Iran-Iraq border where the local economy subsists around the dangerous smuggling trade, was an immediate sensation and multi-award winner, including the FIPRESCI critics prize and the Camera D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Sunday August 10th 2014. Heli by Amat Escalante, 2013, 105 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles. Door opens at 8pm, film begins at 9pm.
Violence as narrative function or, some thoughts on why HELI divides critics
Foremost in reviews of Heli (Amat Escalante, 2013) is the film’s violence. On its Cannes premiere, negative and positive reviewers alike based their assessment on its ability to convince with its realism, and on whether the torture scene at its centre is justified and/or realistic. Like Escalante’s previous feature film, Los Bastardos (2008), Heli is slow moving. Violence when it happens does so at a pace that appears mundane, sudden, and banal. Like the reviewers, I have just used violence here to mean the explicit enactment of physical brutality by one human on another, the portrayal of which is frequently a controversial field in cinema, but difficult to define or delimit. What makes a violent film is often subjective – that is, what the viewer’s level of tolerance is towards it – and value judgements arise which lay claim to objectivity over whether it appears gratuitous, in other words, superfluous to the plot and thereby lacking narrative function. So, does Heli pass muster?
In August we are going to give Joe’s a nice d.i.y. skin peeling subotnik. Come along to repair, paint and construct.
The subotnik weekends in August are on the 09.08/10.08.2014
and and start around noon. 16.08/17.08.2014
We have some tools and materials, coffee and cigarettes, and we can make some nice food together, so come along and bring your friends and comrades.
See you in Joe’s squatted autonomous social center.