Monday, 31 January 2011

The Dubai in Me

The Dubai in me - a film by Christian von Borries

it's all online
Part one is here. You'll be able to find parts 2-9 from there.

the Dubai in Me website:

"At the heart of the saga - the Dubai debacle. (Nouriel Roubini)

Once the manic burst of building has stopped and the whirlwind has slowed, the secrets of Dubai are slowly seeping out. This is a city built from nothing in just a few wild decades on credit and ecocide, suppression and slavery. Dubai is a living metal metaphor for the neoliberal globalized world that may be crashing - at last - into the sands.

"The thing you have to understand about Dubai is - nothing is what it seems, nothing. This isn't a city, it's a con-job. They lure you in telling you it's one thing - a modern kind of place - but beneath the surface it's a medieval dictatorship." (Huffington Post)

Dubai or Palestine, Hanoi or Dubai: this film shows how wrong this antithesis is.

This film is searching for a new topography.

This film is a metaphore, a displacement, a shift where territories are marked, where things are seen, where they are given names and meaning. In this sense, the metaphoric task of cinema can be seen as subverting a previous metaphorical order, namely the official mapping of space and time. An order that defines places, that defines what has to be seen and done in those places, the way they are inhabited, their capacities and incapacities.

Tthe constructed picture of poverty and disgrace tends to take the edge of reality and should be preserved from any form of aesthetisation. Otherwise we make them acceptable and attractive.

Fiction and beauty should be the part of the rich, dull reality and the objectivity of the documentary look the part of the poor."

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

"Down with teachers! Up with revolution!” EDUCATION SPECIAL

Sunday 30th January 2011, 6PM
at Colorama
52-56 Lancaster Street,


This month Full Unemployment Cinema returns with an Education Special, in support of the ongoing education struggles happening in the UK and all over the world. We will screen a short selection of videos from education struggles; followed by a feature film and excerpts from 3 other films and documentaries, see details below.
Approximate running time: 2 hours.

With this screening we'd like to suggest going beyond the notion of a 'right to education', instead asking questions about the role of schooling in society, through works that look at different forms of kid rebellion against the restrictions of school institutions. What would a different form of education and transmission of knowledge look like?


Zero de Conduite / Zero for Conduct
by Jean Vigo 1933 (France 41 mins)

“War is declared! Down with teachers! Up with revolution!”

Zero de Conduite draws extensively on Vigo’s boarding school experiences to depict a repressive and bureaucratised educational establishment in which surreal acts of rebellion occur, reflecting Vigo’s anarchist view of childhood. The title refers to a mark the boys would get which prevented them from going out on Sundays.

As well as being intransigently radical, Zéro de Conduite is also deeply poetical, and much of the rebelliousness is whimsical to the point of seeming like a dream. In part, the dreamlike moments reflect circumstances of its production. As originally shot, the film was much longer than it was meant to be. In cutting it down to the required length, Vigo removed narrative material and left behind the most evocative scenes.



En Rachachânt

by Straub/Huillet/Duras, 1982 (France 7 min)

En Rachâchant is a short film made by the esoteric director duo Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet. The text is adapted from a children’s story written by Marguerite Duras. It tells the story of a little boy named Ernesto who refuses to go to school because the school teaches things he doesn’t know.

Teachers on strike
by Cristina Ribas, 2010 (São Paulo/Rio de Janeiro (Brasil) 7mins)

19th March 2010: 70,000 protesters in the streets of the city of São Paulo. It's the teachers strike. For more than 3 hours, following down the big avenue Paulista, from MASP to Praça da República (where the state govern sets), teachers, students and several militants scream against the education policies that are reducing the rights to labour for the teachers over and over again. The demonstators transform the noisy city into a place for appearance and free expression but always, of course, closely observed by the state police.


Scuola Media

by Marco Santarelli Italy 2010
Set in the industrial outskirts of Taranto, Italy, the documentary film depicts life in the junior high school Pirandello and the work of teachers and the headmistress.

The Class
by Laurent Cantet, France 2008
Cantet’s feature film follows a year inside the classroom of one beleaguered public school teacher, played by none other than the real life Francois Begaudeau, in an urban middle school in Paris.


by Lindsay Anderson, UK 1968
if.... is British drama film satirizing English public school life, depicting a savage insurrection at a public school, inspired by Zero de Conduite.