Benefit and Info-night about JAAN (Jakarta Animal Aid Network)

Monday October 26th 2015, Benefit and Info-night about JAAN (Jakarta Animal Aid Network). Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

Thousands of animals in Indonesia live sad lives. They are often chained, caged, neglected, tortured and abandoned. JAAN is a non-profit organization that strives to reduce their suffering and provide them better living conditions. They believe that no animal deserves cruelty and no wild animal should spend its life in captivity.

Tonight, some members of the organization will join us and gives us more information about the ongoing campaigns and their work in Indonesia.
JAAN operates solely on donations from individuals and does not receive any financial support from the government so all the benefit from the evening will go to support them on their work. […Lees verder]

Movie Night: Life in Loops – A Megacities RMX (2006)

Sunday December 21st 2014,  Life in Loops – A Megacities RMX. Directed by Timo Novotny, 2006, 80 minutes, with English subtitles. Door opens at 8pm, film begins at 9pm.

“Radioglaz and the Global City

Glawogger captured the grinding routine of everyday labor and escapism of people on the outskirts of the metropolises New York, Mexico City, Moscow. and Mumbai in his awarded documentary essay Megacities. By finding a film language that not only reflects Zygmunts Bauman’s (1997: 328) assumption of globalization’s force to stratify the world population in globalized wealthy and localized poor, but that also offers an idiosyncratic insight beyond the description of urban peripheries as slums, the filmmaker came close to the poetics of his (aesthetic but not political) role model Dziga Vertov.

However, it was not until 2006 that the Austrian video artist Timo Novotny reviewed the original footage of Megacities in order to rearrange it in the spirit of Dziga Vertov’s radioglaz (3), a film concept and montage policy that counts on the “complex interaction of sound with image’ (Vertov in Hicks 2007: 77). sometimes even favoring the sound as the overriding rhythmizing element over the image. Whereas Megacities tells twelve geographically interspersed but serf-contained stories of survival, Life in Loops breaks them open and uses the audiovisual fragments to paint only five portraits of clandestine ways of living and working in global cities against the backdrop of a filmic contemplation on urban topographies. That way, Life in Loops traces, like Megacities, the conditio humana in relation to glocal subalterntiy, though making use of Vertov’s radioglaz in a more radical way.
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Movie Night – A Time for Drunken Horses (2000)

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.
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Movie Night – The Act of Killing (2012)

Sunday July 27th. The act of killing by Joshua Oppenheimer, 2012, 115min. Door opens at 8pm, film begins at 9pm.

Anwar Congo and his friends have been dancing their way through musical numbers, twisting arms in film noir gangster scenes, and galloping across prairies as yodelling cowboys. Their foray into filmmaking is being celebrated in the media and debated on television, because Anwar Congo and his friends are mass murderers.

MEDAN, INDONESIA When the government of Indonesia was overthrown by the military in 1965, Anwar and his friends were promoted from small-time gangsters who sold movie theatre tickets on the black market to death squad leaders. They helped the army kill more than one million alleged communists, ethnic Chinese, and intellectuals in less than a year. As the executioner for the most notorious death squad in his city, Anwar himself killed hundreds of people with his own hands. Today, Anwar is revered as a founding father of a right-wing paramilitary organization that grew out of the death squads. The organization is so powerful that its leaders include government ministers, and they are happy to boast about everything from corruption and election rigging to acts of genocide.

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Solidarity assembly for Villa Amalias

Saturday December 29th, 6PM, Joe’s Garage, Pretoriusstraat 43, Amsterdam

On December 20th 2012, riot police raided and evicted Villa Amalias in Athens, an anarchist social center squatted for 23 years. Hundreds of people took down the streets to protest against this escalation. The 8 people arrested inside the building have been released on Monday 24th.
We can discuss further solidarity actions for Villa Amalias and other comrades facing repression in Greece. […Lees verder]

Voku Special & Super 8 Sneak Screenings

Mo./Ma. 24th december 2012: Volkseten Vegazulu, Voku Special & Super 8 Sneak Screenings, from 19:00pm, no reservation! Bring your own rolls of Super 8. Voku Special starts at 19:00pm, Film Screenings from 22:00pm.

Do you have something else to do on such an evening than coming to eat at Joe’s Garage, have a good time and watch the unexpected on a Super 8 film projector? We already have a lot to screen. Bring your own rolls of Super 8, we’ll play them, anything you collected at your grand mother’s house, in the street, in the attic of your squat, rolls you bought at the flee market. […Lees verder]

Movie night: Mars Attacks!

Sunday December 23rd 2012, Movie night: Mars Attacks! (Tim Burton, USA, 1996, 106′). Door open at 20pm (films start at 21:00pm)

Mars Attacks! is a 1996 American science fiction film directed by Tim Burton and written by Jonathan Gems. Based on the cult trading card series of the same name, the film uses elements of black comedy and political satire, and is a parody of science fiction B movies. […Lees verder]

FLM (Field Liberation Movement) Benefit, Steun de Wetteren 11

Th./Do. 20 december 2012: Volkseten Vegazulu, FLM (Field Liberation Movement) Benefit, info-night, film and “Bière des Faucheurs”, 19:00 pm.

The court case against the Belgium Field Liberation activists is starting in January 2013. The two Dutch comrades who joined the action in June 2011, are now bringing you a benefit beer ‘La Faucheuse’ in order to support the costs. They’ll be present during this people’s kitchen and will tell you more about the action and the coming court case, and will play you a film.

Het proces tegen de Belgische veldbevrijders gaat in 2013 verder. Twee Nederlandse kameraden waren in juni 2011 van de partij, en moeten nu alvast heel veel benefiet-bier ‘La Faucheuse’ zien aan te prijzen, om donaties te halen voor de proceskosten. Ze zijn bij het etentje aanwezig om een en ander te vertellen over de actie en het aankomend proces. […Lees verder]

Movie night: Larks on a String (1969)

Sunday December 16th 2012, Movie night: Larks on a String (orginal titel: Skřivánci na niti) from Jiří Menzel, Czechoslovakia, 1969, 94 min. In Czech with English subtitles. Door open at 20pm (films start at 21:00pm).

Although it was shot in 1968, Jiří Menzel’s sociopolitical comedy Larks On A String didn’t actually see the light of day until 1990, when it premiered and won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. Censorship had been lifted in Czechoslovakia for a short period, resulting in a fleeting burst of liberalization, especially for filmmakers – but the freedom was soon crushed by the invasion of Soviet tanks, which restored Czechoslovakia’s oppressive regime. Communism once again held a vice-like grip over the country, and Menzel’s film (which had finished shooting) was banned. […Lees verder]

Movienight: Standard Operating Procedure

Sunday December 9th 2012, Movie night: Standard Operating Procedure (Errol Morris, USA, 2008, 115′). Door open at 20pm (films start at 21:00pm)

A blockbuster of a documentary, Errol Morris’s “Standard Operating Procedure” is an inquiry into the prisoner abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib. It’s an estimable roll call, all the more so when you compare it with the average documentary or even a modest fiction film. The very scale of “Standard Operating Procedure” — evident in its costly-looking production values, special effects and elaborately choreographed re-enactments — suggests that Mr. Morris has grown weary of working in the margins to which documentary filmmakers are still too often relegated. “Standard Operating Procedure” is a big, provocative and — it goes without saying — disturbing work, though what makes it most provocative is that its greatest ambitions are for its own visual style. […Lees verder]

Benefit Mapuche Indian communities from Chile

Th./Do. 6th december 2012: Volkseten Vegazulu, Benefit Mapuche Indian communities from Chile, 19:00 pm.

In Maricheweu International (“10 times we shall overcome”) some people have come together whose main goal it is to support the human rights of the Mapuche (People of the Earth). The Mapuche are an indigenous people of South America. Their ancestral lands are located in Chile and Argentina. Currently there live more than 1 million Mapuche in Chile and about 50,000 in Argentina. The ongoing systematic destruction of indigenous peoples in South America is an indisputable fact, and apparently an international political strategy. In Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Chile and elsewhere the human rights of indigenous peoples flouted over and over again. While there is progress on legal issues, as there are made judgements, decrees, laws and international treaties for the protection, conservation and respect for Indigenous People, all this does not seem to suffice. The treatment of the Mapuche people provides an example for this. […Lees verder]

Two benefit diners for the Anarchist Black Cross Mexico

Mo./Ma.  3rd & 17th december 2012: Volkseten Vegazulu, Benefit for the Anarchist Black Cross Mexico, 19PM

It has been 8 years since the Mexican federal government of Jalisco brutally detained and tortured many protesters who mobilised against the summit of the heads of state from Latin American countries, the Caribbean and European Union.
By now, there are still some of arrestees facing criminal proceedings, as the public prosecutor has decided that neither the imposed sentences are finished, nor the statute of limitations has lapsed, and is looking for harsher punishment of the comrades to crush any other attempt of protest in the region. […Lees verder]

Movienight: In Time

Sunday December 2nd 2012, Movie night: In Time (Andrew Niccol, USA, 2011, 109′, Sciencefiction / Thriller, in english). Door open at 20pm (films start at 21:00pm)

In Time is a unique Science fiction action film. Set in a Dystopian society where time is literally money, the rich can live for centuries, the poor have to work for time. The concept of this film is terrific. If you want to live longer, you’ve got to earn more time, either legally or illegally. The world has also been segregated into Time Zones, separating everyone according to their wealth and social class. […Lees verder]