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]

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]

Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: Dom zły (Wojciech Smarzowski, 2009)

TheDarkHouseSunday July 12th 2015, Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: Dom zły (The Dark House, directed by Wojciech Smarzowski, 2009, 106 minutes). In Polish with English subtitles. Free admission. Door opens at 20:00, Film starts at 21:00.

This is one of the most renowned and popular films from contemporary Poland, and its director is recognized as one of the country’s leading independent artists. The story of this devastating little drama follows an investigation into the murder of a family on a farm in 1978, but the real meaning of the film lies elsewhere in the background. As the police investigation unfolds, the movie becomes an exposé… a dark journey into communist Poland’s past. As the lead character Lieutenant Mróz tries to deduce who the murderer is, he soon discovers that the authorities have absolutely no interest in solving the crime. He’s looking for the truth, and he is told “there is no such thing.”

This is an inventive, but harsh and confronting film that explores the depths of the human soul. Its been described as “An atmospheric Polish horror film set in the communist era.” Like I said, in Poland this riveting and moody gem was a hit… but everywhere else it wasn’t even given a chance outside festivals. […Lees verder]

Benefit for recently established Prisoners Union in german prisons – Volkseten Vegazulu


Monday July 06th 2015, Prisoners Union Benefit. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

This benefit is dedicated to the young Prisoners Union in german prisons. The following interview gives a brief insight into the union.

Union behind bars
experiences from one year of union work – four questions to Oliver Rast (GG/BO)

Who or what is the Prisoners Union? What does it represent and what are its goals?

Last year in May we established ourselves as self-organized union initiative of prisoners at JVA Tegel. Day by day prisoners gather at the workbench and are confronted with highly precarious work situations: low-wage, piecework rush and no pension scheme, which amounts to an express ticket into poverty in old-age after being released. At that point we concentrate on two key demands: social insurance contribution for imprisoned employees and the inclusion of working prisoners in the general statutory minimal wage. By means of those steps we are aiming for full union freedom behind bars. Notions of solidarity, autonomy, emancipation and social reform shall not remain unknown words within the prison population any longer – we know that these are challenging demands.
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July and August 2015 at Joe’s Garage


Taina Asili & Evan Greer, music for social change, Break the Chains tour

BreakTheChains_Euro2015_amsterdamThursday June 25th 2014, Singer songwriters: Taina Asili & Evan Greer, music for social change, Break the Chains European tour. Door opens at 7pm. Concert at 8:30pm, after the people’s kitchen.

Evan Greer one of the founder of the Riot-Folk Collective and Taina Asili, from Boston and New York, will be performing at Joe’s Garage as a part of their Break the Chains European Tour. Evan Greer is a radical genderqueer singer/songwriter from the Riot-Folk collective, based in Boston, MA, performing high-energy acoustic songs that inspire hope, build community, and incite resistance. Taína Asili is a US born Puerto Rican singer, combining powerful vocals with energetic fusion of Afro-Latin, reggae, and rock sounds of rebellion. Evan and Taina are very active in movements of resistance in the US, and in addition to sharing their music, will be sharing updates on the community organizing work they are involved in, especially as it relates to prisoner justice, Black Lives Matter and the movement to free Mumia Abu-Jamal and other US political prisoners.

More infos at: and

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Info night Squatting in the UK after the ban

20150622_infonight_Squatting_in_UK_after_the_banMonday June 22nd 22015, Info night Squatting in the UK after the ban. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm, then info night with a speaker from London.

In 2012 the UK government enacted a law to criminalise squatting in residential buildings despite 95% of responses to its ‘consultation’ opposing any further legislation. The squatting scene has died in almost all cities in England and Wales apart from London, where the movement has only a fraction of the numbers it used to. Squatters are now forced to live in non residential buildings which are often unfit for human habitation. The number of people sleeping rough has increased as London is undergoing a phase of transformation, with inner London becoming unaffordable for lower income people. As property prices rise, there are less empty properties to squat in and owners are able to hire private firms to carry out very fast and often violent evictions. The aim of this talk is to describe the legal situation and challenges to it, and how this has changed the squatting movement into something smaller but much more political and radical. […Lees verder]

Movie Night: 99 Franc (2007)

ng_120229_99francs_01Sunday June 21st 2015, Movie Night: 99 Franc (Jan Kounen, France, 2007, 100 min.). In French with English subtitles. Door opens at 8pm, film begin at 9pm. Free admission.

The film is a satire on the modern advertizement business. The plot mainly concerns the story of a commercial advertisement designer, Octave Parango (Jean Dajardin), who has an easy-going, highly paid job, and an active free life mainly consisting of drugs and random one-time sexual relationships. However, he starts growing weary of his job, and after having his first ever long-time relationship with fellow worker Sophie (Vahina Giocante) fail miserably, he organises a revolt against the advertisement business and his own life. […Lees verder]

Greenhouse Infoshop benefit

greenhouseinfoshopMonday June 15th 2015, Greenhouse Infoshop Project (Philippines) benefit, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm

‘Dear Friends, after almost 8 years of doing food not bombs (mobile soup kitchen), films screenings, free workshops and community grassroots organizing, the Greenhouse Infoshop Project is under threat of eviction due to financial crisis for the past months. Greenhouse Infoshop Project is renting a space for 2,000 pesos monthly due to our small income generated, we are in trouble paying the rental of the space this past month. But we cannot afford to stop what we have started.

With the serious problem we are facing, we don’t have any choices right now but to ask for your support once again. We can go squatting but there are limitations concerning water and electricity. We are asking if you could help us sustain a 1 year rental of our space, just to prepare ourselves into transition and push our worthwhile projects. The total rental will be 24,000 Php or $600 good for 1 year, we are asking if you could help us provide the rental for 1 year.

On the bright side we are starting a project called “The Free Bank”; sharing free services resources or good deeds within a social network or community without money involve.

This is the first major challenge to us as an infoshop and pioneers of anti-authoritarian movements here in Southern Luzon particularly in Naga City Philippines. We know that the financial crisis we are facing are effects of crisis of capitalism. We didn’t own any piece of land but we are struggling and fighting to survive, to put forward our projects. I hope you could consider our appeal and hoping for your positive reply.

For autonomy, hope and freedom.

In Solidarity!

-Noel Regachuelo […Lees verder]