Filmed undercover and without the knowledge or authority of the Indonesian authorities, “Forgotten Bird of Paradise” provides a rare and moving insight into the forgotten struggle for independence that has gripped West Papua for over 45 years. The documentary features never before seen footage of West Papuan rebel fighters at their stronghold deep in the jungle…
The movie was created in 1950 by Alain Resnais and Robert Hessens using paintings, drawings and sculptures that Picasso made from 1902 to 1949. On April 26 1937 early afternoon, in the midst of the Spanish Civil War, the traditional capital of the Basque Country “Guernica”, was bombed by the Nazi German aviation (the allies of the fascist Franco). This attempt lasted for approximately three and a half hours. Two thousand people, all civilians, got
Many big ideas have struggled, over the centuries, to dominate the planet, but only one has achieved total supremacy. It’s compulsive attractions rob it’s followers of reason and good sense. It has created unsustainable inequalities and threatens to tear apart the very fabric of our society.
In 1993 the Mexican government signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA); implications from this agreement were that it would send Mexico into the status of a ‘First-world country’. Since that time there has been an unsettled peace in Chiapas, Mexico.
“The city is eyes, the city is an organic identity watching itself,” says Iain Sinclair, and, very much preoccupied with the forms of surveillance, he illuminates the process of seeing by transforming it into a creative practice. Influenced by various artists, from the Situationist and founder of psychogeography Guy Debord, to the Beat poets Allen Ginsberg and Charles Olson, Sinclair operates as successor of their tradition. He was interestingly involved in the Dialectics of Liberation Congress (1967) which he was commissioned to film, and particularly inspired by Olson. “Polis is Eyes”, Olson maintains, and he continues: “There are no hierarchies, no infinite, […] there are only/ eyes in all heads/ to be looked out of”. Instead of passively observing the infringement of private life by the systems of surveillance, Sinclair chooses to answer creatively, to look back at the structure of the city and to engage in its interpretation.