Category: widge’s videos

These are videos that I made.

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Radical Imagination and Direct Action with Pirate Radio

[Montréal, Québec, Canada 32°C] After reading Islands of Resistance: Pirate Radio in Canada, all I wanted to do was become a pirate. Not the kind that steals from the rich in a capitalist bent to become rich myself at the expense of others. I wanted to appropriate what is already mine: the public airways, and broadcast what corporate media despise most: defiant free-form radio that encourages audio creativity and promotes social justice. The 246-page anthology, edited by Andrea Langlois, Ron Sakolsky and Marian van der Zon, is a collection of 16 essays and a docudrama in seven acts that explain...

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Montréal Video Project Gets Results Keeping Kids in School

[Montréal, Québec, Canada 11°C] I can’t believe I’ve been offline for such a long time. Whatever, I’m back with a video reportage I edited and helped produce with a group of students from Louis-Joseph-Papineau High School in the St-Michel neighbourhood of Montréal. I was hired as a filmmaker/journalist to mentor this group of students make a documentary film / reportage. The subject they chose was themselves: Le Foyer 636, a special class of students that follow a particular curriculum to help them move forward with their learning and encourage them to stay in school and not drop out. They wanted...

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Video Portrait #2 from Southern Sudan : Alberto Kuol Kuol Makuach

This is Alberto Kuol Kuol Makuach’s story. During a 7-week visit to Southern Sudan, I interviewed over a dozen Southern Sudanese men and women. Each person offers an intimate view of their lives during the 21-year civil war and since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005. We get a glimpse into their family lives and their hope for a country with an uncertain future. Alberto, tells about his education first in a Minor Seminary in Kenya, then in a Major Seminary in Khartoum toward his vocation of becoming a priest. He offers a glimpse into the family...

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Sudanese-Canadian, Abousfian Abdelrazik’s Story Reads Like Spy Novel

[Montréal, Québec, Canada 13°C]  Everyone has an intriguing life story to tell. We have all experienced significant moments that alter the course of our lives. For the better or the worse. But some stories are more compelling than others by the sheer intensity of the intrigue. Every so often, I come across an individual with a riveting story to tell. The past six years of Abousfian Abdelrazik’s life, as he described for one and a half hours on September 24 in a Montréal community centre, comes right out of a spy novel. In all spy novels, there are always the...

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Rick Prelinger Presents Visual Archive at FNC Lab

  [Montréal, Québec, Canada 4°C] What to do with archive footage. What is its value and who does it belong to? These questions and others were addressed at the 38th edition of Montréal’s Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC) by Rick Prelinger. His name and more importantly his archive collection was introduced to me a couple of years ago by the Montréal-based film and media arts collective, Volatile Works. As part of the festival’s daily FNC Lab, Rick Prelinger presented his San Francisco “appropriation friendly’ Prelinger Library. he shared his approach to keeping archival footage alive by providing access and allowing...

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Video Portrait #1 From Southern Sudan: Rose Achan Beryl

This is Rose Achan Beryl’s story. During a 7-week visit to Southern Sudan, I interviewed about a dozen Southern Sudanese men and women. Each one offers an intimate view of their lives during the 21-year civil war and since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005. We get a glimpse into their family lives and their hope for a country with an uncertain future. Interview recorded in Warrap Town, and roving footage from back of motorbike recorded in Wau (March 2009). Thanks to Martin Peter Siba Mungu for the tour of Wau from the back of his motorcycle....

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Africa, Canadian Mining Interests, Human Cargo and Re-education

[Montréal, Québec, Canada  18°C] Last night, I watched the five last episodes of the 2004 six-part television series, Human Cargo, directed by Brad Turner. I watched it on DVD borrowed from the well-stocked video library at La Grande Bibliothèque. The winner of seven Gemini Awards, including best director and best miniseries, the series follows parallel stories and characters closely related to human migration issues. The series is set mostly in Vancouver, where migrants seeking refugee status in Canada deal with the Immigration and Refugee Board’s (IRB) corruptibility, and in Burundi where a civil war between Tutsis and Hutus, exacerbated by...

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Mine Risk Education West of Juba

[Juba, Southern Sudan 34ºC] It’s my first day in Juba (Feb 26) and I start working right away. From Juba, I have a “story from the field” to write about Mine Risk Education (MRE). I’m picked up for a briefing meeting at the UNICEF offices. You can’t get in without a badge or an escort and the metal detector offers the only gateway to the inner compound. We are seven around the table. I’m surrounded by Child Protection Specialists, Mine Risk Educators, Child Protection Officers and Mine Victim Assistant Officers. They all work either for UNICEF or United Nations Mine...

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Tanks Alot Sharon Video

Below is a short film from a few years back that has footage from a Montréal conference presentation and other footage taken in Palestine in the summer of 2002. It is about military oppression and resistance. It also discusses the role of the International Solidarity Movement who uses non-violent means of opposing Israeli oppression.