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The Movie Crowd by Kyle McDaniel
Video (20 min.), USA: The purpose of The Movee Crowd is to understand how and why a select group of students enrolled at a large university in the U.S. watches motion pictures. The students selected for this study are admitted “cinephiles” and each is involved with one or more university-based film club, organization, or academic endeavor related to film and filmmaking. Participant observation and semi-structured interviews were conducted with each student, as well as a co-owner of a locally owned independent movie theater. (...more)view film
Soil, Struggle, and Justice by Andreas Hernandez
Video (1 hr. 17 min. 39 sec.), USA: This historical and ethnographic video examines the development of a cooperative of the Brazilian Landless Movement (MST) in the South of Brazil, which struggled for access to land and then transitioned to ecological agriculture, or agroecology. The families of COOPAVA constructed space for family farming in an era of transnational industrial agriculture through engaging a mass movement to gain access to land, using agroecological techniques to cut dependencies and recuperate their soil for long-term benefit, and working cooperatively. (...more)view film
3,100 Mile Self-Transcendence Race by Kevin Gotkin and Corrina Laughlin
Video (36 min. 37 sec.), USA: Every summer in Jamaica, Queens, over the course of 52 days, followers of the late Bengali guru, Sri Chinmoy, run the longest certified foot race in the world. Eighteen hours per day, every day, and the runners circle the course: a single city block measuring just over one-half mile. To complete 3,100 miles, the runners must average 60 miles per day. For the runners, the “race” is a spiritual exercise that induces deep meditative states of consciousness. For the community that gathers around the race, it is a testament to the limitlessness of the spiritually driven human body. (...more)view film
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In Security by Ron Harpelle
In Security is an engaging and thought-provoking documentary about how barbed wire, a simple 19th century invention used to claim land for agricultural purposes, has evolved into a silent sentinel that acts as a means of control over people and spaces around the world. Since its inception, barbed wire, a.k.a. the "Devil's Rope," has become a ubiquitous feature of our daily lives, yet we never give it a second thought. Used as a security barrier, it surrounds pastures in the countryside, parking lots, homes and other buildings. While its general purpose is to establish a boundary, barbed wire is also used as a frontline obstacle by the military forces of the world, as a boundary marker between countries, and as an impenetrable wall around prisons and other institutions that demand absolute control over the movement of human beings. (...more)
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Apr. 15, 2015 Publication of second issue.