Review: Cultures of Resistance

Review: Cultures of Resistance

When we think of “resistance,” what mostly comes to mind is guerrilla warfare: Vietnamese closing in on the besieged French at Dien Bien Phu, Angolans ambushing Portuguese troops outside of Luanda, or Salvadorans waging a war of attrition against their...
Review: Tahrir 2011

Review: Tahrir 2011

In the recent documentary Tahrir 2011: The Good, The Bad & The Politician, three directors present varying perspectives on the Egyptian Uprising and provide a comprehensive overview of what was happening on Tahrir Square, and why. The documentary is divided into...
The Spirit Level: Inequality Coming to a Theater Near You

The Spirit Level: Inequality Coming to a Theater Near You

The best book on inequality since the Great Recession began may soon become a major motion picture playing at a theater near you — if a new independent film fundraising campaign succeeds. Three documentary film artists are now working to give The Spirit Level, the...
Occupy to Liberate & Take Back the Land Movements

Occupy to Liberate & Take Back the Land Movements

The Occupy Movement’s bold and inventive methods of confronting the 1% are how the movement got its name; by “occupying” spaces that challenge the moral accountability of the powers that be. This movement has swept the world and can easily be argued...
Cuba’s Culture of Dissent

Cuba’s Culture of Dissent

When the Cuban government released a number of dissidents earlier this year, human rights groups applauded the decision. But critics also took the occasion to paint Cuba once again as a society where a single word of criticism gets you shipped off to a dungeon, from...
Notable Documentary on Fidel Castro Awarded Preservation Grant

Notable Documentary on Fidel Castro Awarded Preservation Grant

On June 15, the National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) awarded grants to guarantee the preservation of 64 films. One of those is IPS Fellow Saul Landau’s powerful 1968 documentary, “Fidel!” Funded by the Library of Congress, the NFPF grants...
Film: Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang

Film: Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang

Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang is a poignant and potent documentary that exposes the government’s suppression of the health hazards caused by low-level radiation — all the more significant in light of the release of radiation from damaged nuclear plants...
Brown Bag: Activism through Film and Video

Brown Bag: Activism through Film and Video

Award-winning filmmaker and IPS Senior Fellow Saul Landau has used the medium of film for over 40 years to move people to action on pressing domestic and global issues. His films have brought to life the turbulent antiwar protests of the 1960s, the life and words of...
Demystifying Iran

Demystifying Iran

Post-election turmoil in Iran has brought the country closer to the top of America’s foreign policy concerns. More importantly, though, it has piqued the interests of the American public. Green is the new black, Moussavi and Khamenei have become household names,...
Science Fiction From Below

Science Fiction From Below

Tapping into a long tradition of politicized science fiction, the young, New-York-based filmmaker Alex Rivera has brought to theaters a movie that reflects in new ways on the disquieting realities of the global economy. Sleep Dealer, his first feature film, has opened...