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Revolting in Prague

Shooting in Prague for Undercurrents

Shooting in Prague for Undercurrents

Revolting in Prague (26mins 23sec, 2000). Riots, pink fairies, corporate men and money. An insight into the IMF/World Bank summit which activists shut down in 2000. 50,000 people traveled to Prague to stop the money men destroying our planet.

This is a video produced by Undercurrents (directed by Paul O’Connor), the video activist production company where I worked in 2000-2001, of the IMF / World Bank protests in Prague, 2000. I was a camera operator for the event, following the pink and silver march, with my camera buddy, Flo.

It was quite an experience, being part of a huge mass of people from all over Europe and the world, converging to protest the policies of these institutions who put economic restructuring ahead of people and the environment, demanding that governments privatise basic services, build infrastructure such as dams without regard for environmental and social destruction and more in exchange for their development loans. Undercurrents was part of the independent media who came together around the prague.indymedia.org project to tell a broader story of the protest than the narrow, conflict-based news coverage in the mainstream press.

Climate On The Linec

Climate Camp in Newcastle

Climate Camp in Newcastle

Climate On The Line (1min 53sec, 2008) is a brief clip showing brave young protestors laying themselves on the line (literally – the train line), as part of a series of peaceful direct action blocking the coal trains in Newcastle. Many groups of activists prevented the coal trains from running all day, in one of Australia’s biggest displays of direct action against the destructive export of coal which is fueling climate change.

I was in Newcastle recently for Climate Camp Australia 2008. It was an inspiring few days of workshops, info sessions, movement building skillsharing stuff and actions to stop coal trains from running to Port Waratah all day, in one of Australia’s biggest displays of direct action against exports from the world’s biggest coal port, one of Australia’s biggest contributions to destructive climate change.

It was also a convergence for some young folk who were covering the event independent media style. I was helping out organising the media space and doing a spot of filming/editing too.

Check out this video on EngageMedia of activists locked on to the coal trains on Sunday 13th July:

You can find more coverage of the camp and associated actions here on EngageMedia.

Oceania Indymedia Newsreal

Still from the Oceania Indymedia Newsreal 3

Still from the Oceania Indymedia Newsreal 3


Oceania Indymedia Newsreal was a compilation of short, critical documentaries focusing on social and environmental issues in South East Asia, Australia and the Pacific. Distributed online and also on VCD, three editions were produced in 2003, 2004 and 2005 including pieces on Maori struggles in Aotearoa, East Timorese campaigning over Australia’s theft of oil in the Timor sea, life in the slums of Jakarta, climate change in the Pacific, Food not Bombs in Australia and much more.

I co-produced the Oceania Indymedia Newsreal with Tim Parish and Andrew Lowenthal in conjunction with Access News and EngageMedia, and did the motion-graphics and authoring for all three discs. This is one example from the newsreals, featuring a confronting and moving video “Through The Wire” about the 2002 breakout from the Woomera asylum-seeker detention centre, directed by the late video activist extraordinaire, Pip Starr.

More videos from the Oceania Indymedia Newsreal can be found here on EngageMedia.

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