I’m sure my readers are well aware of the Occupy movement, which started in New York and has since spread across the globe. In case you’re unaware of what the Occupy movement is about here is a brief description taken from the Occupy Wall Street website.
“Occupy Wall Street is a people-powered movement that began on September 17, 2011 in Liberty Square in Manhattan’s Financial District, and has spread to over 100 cities in the United States and actions in over 1,500 cities globally. #ows @OccupyWallSt is fighting back against the corrosive power of major banks and multinational corporations over the democratic process, and the role of Wall Street in creating an economic collapse that has caused the greatest recession in generations.”
In response to the worldwide Occupy movement I wanted to share some Occupy Cinema (Twitter hashtag #occupycinema) links with my readers that may offer a way for cinema lovers to take part in and support the movement. The ideas shared by the following sites might also inspire you to explore ways that you can use cinema as a positive activism tool in your own life.
Cine Foundation International
From the Cine Foundation International website: “Cine Foundation International produces films, coordinates video and broadcast projects, and takes direct actions in the protection and promotion of humanitarian causes, especially surrounding the censorship or imprisonment of film artists.”
From the Occupy Cinema website: “An open collective harnessing the moving image to aid the worldwide occupation movement.” Occupy Cinema was recently featured in IndieWire where they discussed their goals and objectives.
Cinemas In Solidarity
From the Cinemas In Solidarity Statement: “Across the globe, as people are taking to the streets to redefine and reclaim the world they live in, Cinemas In Solidarity join with them in proposing a new, different, and better world.”
Please approach all of these sites with some caution and common sense. It’s up to each individual to figure out if and how they might participate in the Occupy movement and what level of commitment and support they’re able to offer.
Recommended Reading & Viewing (Updated Nov. 17 – 20):
– Interview with Occupy Wall Street “Bat-Signal” Projectionist @ BoingBoing
– Director Alejandro Jodorowsky wants us all to ‘occupy our minds’ @ Dangerous Minds
– Actor, singer & activist Harry Belafonte on the Occupy movement @ Dangerous Minds
– How Art Propels Occupy Wall Street by Michele Elam @ CNN
– How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the OWS Protests by Matt Taibbi @ Rolling Stone
– Occupy America by Henry Rollins @ LA Weekly
– OWS-inspired activism by Glenn Greenwald @ Salon