Πέμπτη, 26 Απριλίου 2012

Ali Zoua: Prince of the Streets



Είδος: Δράμα / Drama
Γλώσσα: Arabic, French
Υπότιτλοι: English
Χρονολογία: 2000, Morocco
Σκηνοθεσία: N. Ayouch
Διάρκεια: 95'



http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0260688/



Storyline: Ali, Kwita, Omar and Boubker are street kids. The daily dose of glue sniffing represents their only escape from reality. Since they left Dib and his gang, they have been living on the portside of Casablanca. They live in constant fear of Dib's revenge. Ali wants to become a sailor - when he was living with his mother, a prostitute, he used to listen to a fairy tale about the sailor who discovered the miracle island with two suns. Instead of finding his island in the dream, Ali and his friends are confronted with Dib's gang. Matters are getting serious.

 

Τετάρτη, 18 Απριλίου 2012

The Light Bulb Conspiracy



Είδος: Ντοκιμαντέρ
Γλώσσα:
Spanish,French, English, German
Υπότιτλοι: Ελληνικά
Χρονολογία: 2010, Spain / France.
Σκηνοθεσία: C. Dannoritzer

Διάρκεια: 52'



http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1825163/




Planned Obsolescence is the deliberate shortening of product life spans to guarantee consumer demand.As a magazine for advertisers succinctly puts it: The article that refuses to wear out is a tragedy of business – and a tragedy for the modern growth society which relies on an ever-accelerating cycle of production, consumption and throwing away.
The Light Bulb Conspiracy combines investigative research and rare archive footage to trace the untold story of Planned Obsolescence, from its beginnings in the 1920s with a secret cartel, set up expressly to limit the life span of light bulbs, to present-day stories involving cutting edge electronics (such as the iPod) and the growing spirit of resistance amongst ordinary consumers.
This film travels to France, Germany, Spain and the US to find witnesses of a business practice which has become the basis of the modern economy, and brings back disquieting pictures from Africa where discarded electronics are piling up in huge cemeteries for electronic waste.


Πέμπτη, 12 Απριλίου 2012

The Wave (1981)


Είδος: Ταινία
Γλώσσα:
English
Υπότιτλοι: -
Χρονολογία: 1981, US
Σκηνοθεσία: A. Grasshoff

Διάρκεια: 44'




In 1967, at the Cubberley High School in Palo Alto, California, World History teacher Ron Jones was asked about the Holocaust by a student. "Could it happen here?". According to the press release accompanying the latest retelling of the events that followed, "Jones came up with an unusual answer. He decided to have a two week experiment in dictatorship. His idea was to explain fascism to his class through a game, nothing more. He never intended what resulted, where his class would be turned into a Fascist environment. Where students gave up their freedom for the prospect of being superior to their neighbors. 

According to the original author of 'The Wave', Mr. Ron Jones, the story is no fiction. He describes how the story took place in 1967 at the Cubberley High School. The school which closed in 1979 was located in Palo Alto, California. Apart from Jones' own recollections, not much documentation exists about the experiment. Brief mention of the events can be found in the "The Cubberley Catamount" which was the Cubberley High School student newspaper.

On his website, Mr. Jones responds as follows to the many questions surrounding his story: "I'm not proud of The Wave but I can't escape it! It is like a calling that just gets louder! For me The Wave is a story of ghosts. What we can be. The allure of good and evil. Choices. I'm sorry, but in the end I can't answer your questions about The Wave."
Norman Lear, an American film maker, made a television adaptation of Jones' original story, simply called 'The Wave'. The movie is described by the publishers as follows:
"A thought-provoking dramatization of an actual classroom experiment on individualism vs. conformity in which a high school teacher formed his own "Reich" (called "The Wave") to show why the German people could so willingly embrace Nazism. This unflinching yet sensitive 1981 Emmy Award-winner raises critical questions: When does dedication to a group cross the line from loyalty to fanaticism? Does power corrupt? What is the nature of propaganda and mass persuasion? Can something like the Nazi Holocaust happen again? Grades 7-12. Color. 46 minutes."
The Wave wins the 1981 Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Program and the 1981 Peabody Award.

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