Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: Moi, un noir (Jean Rouch, 1958)

Sunday March 18th 2018, Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: Moi, un noir (1958). Directed by Jean Rouch. 73 minutes. In French with English subtitles. Doors open at 20:00, film starts at 20:30.

Today the name of ethnographer Jean Rouch is barely even whispered in cinema history, which just goes to show that history is always recorded by the winners. Today the winner is Hollywood… but perhaps tomorrow an influence like Jean Rouch could shatter the glass menagerie of American filmmaking. Who knows?

In this cinematic gem Jean Rouch traveled to Abidjan, on the Ivory Coast of Africa, with no predetermined concept. He wanted to make a film with the local people, to record their everyday lives and their dreams. So Rouch starts to hang out in Treichville – one of the poorest neighborhoods of Abidjan – and spends a week with immigrants from Niger who have come to the big city hoping to become successful. Now here is where the real importance of this film begins to shine… these down and out people are doing hard labor (for us here in Europe) and trying to scrape enough money together to buy a bowl of soup, but have re-named themselves after stars in western movies. One calls himself Tarzan, another Edward G. Robinson and another is Eddy Constantine. One even plays an FBI Agent. At night they hang out in bars and try to drink away their misery, and when they go to sleep we follow their dreams of an idealized world. The movie then submerges into poetic mode as we enter these dream-sequences.

The result is a cinematic fusion called “ethnofiction.” Director Jean Rouch had an explosive impact on cinema back in the 60s, and many in the French New Wave, like Jean-Luc Godard, would name him as one of their major influences. Jean Rouch took narrative cinema and fused it with anthropology and sociology: sometimes his films were documentaries tinted with fiction, and at other times they were fiction tinted with documentary.

The magic of this movie is how it nails down the way imperialism works today… less with guns and tanks, and more with the overtaking of dreams. It is clear the local dreams of these people in Africa have been hijacked by foreigners – so what we are talking about is a colonization of the subconscious. I daresay the same is true in Europe today, which has been robbed of its own dreams and replaced by those of the Yankees. Another rare screening of a neglected masterpiece.

Film night at Joe’s Garage, cozy cinema! Free entrance. You want to play a movie, let us know: joe [at] squat [dot] net

March 2018 at Joe’s Garage

Benefit for the struggle against the squat ban in Belgium

Monday March 26th 2018, Benefit for the struggle against the squat ban in Belgium. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

To protest against the new squat ban in Belgium, a demonstration took place in Gent on February 15th 2018. During the demonstration, an empty building, De Braempoort was squatted. Het Kraaiennest became the new social center until it got evicted on March 6th after a super fast trial. In total, Van Monck, Het Kraaiennest and 2 others squats have being evicted in Gent since the new law is effective. In Brussels, demonstrations also took place and faced heavy repression. A new demo is announced in Brussels on March 21st.

Volkseten Vegazulu is a people’s kitchen, every monday and thursday, all year long. We are remaining closed if no one is volunteering to cook. Keep an eye on this page to make sure we are open. Door opens at 7pm. Vegan food for 4€ or donation. All benefits go for social & political struggles. No reservation.

Have you ever considered cooking at Joe’s Garage with your friends? 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.

Colombian film night

Sunday March 25th 2018. Colombian film night. Screening with English subtitles. Doors open at 8pm, film starts at 8:30pm.

Film night at Joe’s Garage, cozy cinema! Free entrance. You want to play a movie, let us know: joe [at] squat [dot] net


Benefit Freedom of Movement

Monday March 12th 2018, Benefit Freedom of Movement, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

All Included is a small campaign organization in Amsterdam that struggles for free migration and sustainable development. We support the migrants’ movement that fights for their rights.

The current developments on the EU-borders demonstrate the power of migration that breaks the illusion of Europe as an island of equal rights, civilization, democracy and welfare(state). We support the migrants who come to our borders and welcome them. The EU has always pretended to be in control of the border security without degenerating into a Fortress Europe. Given the large numbers of migrants entering ‘irregularly’ today, the EU broke out in panic while portraying migrants as a threat and migration as a crime. The repressive EU-deal like the one with Turkey is not new. Other buffer states such as Morocco, Libya, Mauritania, Senegal have had to sign those deals in the past where migrants, irrespective of flight pattern, are kept outside the EU. Human rights are violated outside the EU in return of a bag of money. The war against immigrants is just more visible now because it is clear that the EU cannot control the migration at its borders. We support migrants breaking through borders and confronting the image of the EU as an tolerant civilization. The EU is pressuring African states to stop migration threatening with stopping development Aid: the Velletta agreements. We say: Open Escape Routes! Stop Deportations! Our African friends are resisting these deals: […Lees verder]

Movie night: The Goddess (Wu Yonggang, 1934)

Sunday March 11th 2018: Movie night: The Goddess (Wu Yonggang, 1934). Silent | Chinese intertitles with English subtitles | 85 minutes. Doors open at 8pm, film starts at 8:30pm.

In Shen nu (The Goddess), the legendary Chinese actress Ruan Lingyu plays a single mother driven into prostitution to pay for her young son’s schooling. Her best efforts to maintain some personal dignity run aground on social hypocrisy and male misogyny. It’s a 1934 silent film, but nonetheless described as “a film of startling modernity.”

Film night at Joe’s Garage, cozy cinema! Free entrance. You want to play a movie, let us know: joe [at] squat [dot] net


Benefit Dinner Volkseten Vegazulu for Pan-European meeting for practical solidarity

Monday March 5th 2018, Benefit Dinner, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

Today’s Voku in Joes Garage is dedicated to the “Pan-European meeting for practical solidarity” that is going to take place in Cologne on the of the 17th and 18th of March, around the day of the prisoner.

Doors open at 7 pm. We will prepare a nice soup, vegan dishes and dessert, play canned music and distribute some information about the practical solidarity weekend in March.

From the invitation for the weekend in March:

In 2017, one comrade from Barcelona was sentenced to seven and a half years of prison in Aachen. She is now in Willich prison.

During our work of mutual solidarity that extended throughout Europe, we quite often realized that there is a common wish for better getting to know each other and to jointly express our solidarity with those affected by repression. This led to the idea to make use of the weekend around the day of the prisoner, on 18th of March 2018, for collective activities in Cologne and Willich.

Herewith we would like to invite you for a day-long discussion with comrades from various radical-left movements in Europe on 17th of March and a rally in front of the prison in Cologne on the 18th. A solidarity concert takes place on the evening of the 17th.

We want to broaden our perspectives across national borders, to oppose Fortress Europe with our radical-left perspective, far away from nationalism and the state. The trial in Aachen showed once more that European countries and their agencies do closely cooperate when prosecution and repression is pursued. On day-to-day social, economic and political levels, we do experience the devastating effects of that pan-European cooperation.

However, this might also lead to solidarity and friendship and the desire for gaining consciousness about the various European realities. We are very much interested in making practical transborder solidarity a matter of fact, by talking and discussing about common and diverging experiences and positions of social struggles, with repression and prison.

More Infos:
E-Mail: solidarity1803 [at] riseup [dot] net
All Infos on RADAR:
Complete invitation as pdf: English Version |  German Version […Lees verder]

Black Cat Cine presents: Stranger Than Paradise (Jim Jarmusch, 1984)

Sunday March 4th 2018, Black Cat Cine presents: an 80’s Cult Classic, Stranger Than Paradise (Jim Jarmusch, 1984). This screening starts at 20:00.

One-of-a-kind minimalist masterpiece starring jazz musician John Lurie, former Sonic Youth drummer-turned-actor Richard Edson, and Hungarian-born actress Eszter Balint.
Film night at Joe’s Garage, cozy cinema! Free entrance. You want to play a movie, let us know: joe [at] squat [dot] net