Archive for December, 2007
Posted by Dave (The Void) on December 31, 2007
Posted in documentary, environment, globalisation, hegemony, imperialism, militarism, military-industrial complex, neocons, oil politics, technology, USA, video | Tagged: nasa, space race | 1 Comment »
Posted by Dave (The Void) on December 21, 2007
BNP Exposed: The Secret Agent
An undercover BBC reporter infiltrated the BNP, and helped secure the convictions of several party activists.
Re Brand: Nazi Boy
Russell Brand spends the weekend with BNP Youth leader Mark Collett.
Dispatches: Young, Nazi And Proud
More conventional and in-depth profile of Collett, and more disturbing too.
This one goes inside the BNP project and explores Collett’s ego and ideology, while ReBrand is a more shoe-string kind of affair, showing him with real people in the real world. I think both sides of the BNP are worth looking at.
Posted by Dave (The Void) on December 19, 2007
An award winning portrait of life in Thatcher’s Britain; a tale of alienation, identity, and racist violence.
(that’s a trailer; click here to watch the film)
Posted by Dave (The Void) on December 16, 2007
This 1992 BBC documentary (Three episodes of one hour each) uncovers at Operation Gladio, the American-led operation to establish a network of right-wing (often fascist and neo-fascist) paramilitaries in postwar Europe.
Initially conceived as a safeguard against Soviet invasion, Operation Gladio was used to manipulate domestic politics and keep the left from power – and may be behind some of the century’s most notorious terrorist attacks and political murders.
Part One: The Ringleaders
Looks at the establishment of the stay-behind networks during the liberation of Europe.
Part Two: The Puppeteers
In the decades that followed, terrorist attacks and high profile assassinations set the pace of politics – what became known as the “strategy of tension”.
Part Three: The Foot Soldiers
Investigates the role of the stay-behinds in a series of grisly murders in Belgium and the killing of a former Italian Prime Minister, as well as their infiltration of the extrem left.
Posted by Dave (The Void) on December 12, 2007
I’ve stopped getting spam from eBay about early Christmas shopping, and started getting spam from eBay about last-minute Christmas shopping. ‘Tis well and truly the season, then, to stand up to the relentless pressure upon us to consume, consume, consume through the pre-Xmas rush. Here’s two short films and an even shorter stand-up clip that I hope will offset and allay some of that stress.
The Production Of Meaning
From Adbusters (h/t Openmedia), this is a bit too stylish and unsubstantial for my taste (as is the Buy Nothing Day initiative), but it’s enjoyable enough and should put some of the constant background hum of advertising into perspective. 15 minutes.
The Story Of Stuff
Bill Hicks on Marketing
If you only have time for one of these clips, here’s a stand-up gem from the late Bill Hicks that you owe it to yourself to watch – especially if you work in marketing. 3 minutes.
Posted by Dave (The Void) on December 7, 2007
A bizarre but compelling examination of humour in the Third Reich (58 mins). At first this was tolerated, and even encouraged – back then, no-one took the Nazis too seriously, and the more people were snickering the less they were rising up – but as the war drew on jokes became a channel for subversive informationand dissent, and by the end laughter out of turn was cracked down upon severely.
Posted by Dave (The Void) on December 3, 2007
Most of us have no direct experience of war. Most of what we do know of war comes from films, and overwhelmingly American films. Tonight we bring you not one, but two documentaries, via Michael Greenwell, that show how Hollywood’s portrayal of war is influenced by the American military.
Hollywood and the Pentagon