December 3, 2010

Art and Resistance

The ART AND RESISTANCE Film Series is a collection of video shorts focused on different artist collectives around the Americas using culture
as a tool for radical social transformation. From street musicians and hip-hop artists in Venezuela, to graffiti artists in Mexico, the documentaries
focus on how people are actively using their creativity to challenge the status quo and empower their communities.

Armed with Art: A New Revolution is Necessary
Mexico, 27 mins

Armed with Art examines the integral nature art plays in creating cultural spaces of resilience, romance, resistance and change across Mexico.

Tiuna el Fuerte: Revolutionizing the Revolution

Venezuela, 25 mins

Tiuna el Fuerte is a “nucleous of endogenous cultural development” that uses music and culture to empower youth in the barrio of El Valle in Caracas, Venezuela. Situated on an old cement parking lot transformed into a community constructed cultural center, Tiuna el Fuerte now hosts a hip-hop school, youth orchestra, media lab, mobile community radio, and serves as an example for reclaimed space for the community. The project exemplifies the concept of local development of the people, for the people, by the people that finds its roots in modern day Venezuela.

Underground Culture: The Musicians of the Metro/

Venezuela, 27 mins

Underground Culture follows independent street musicians through the subway system of modern day Venezuela. Focusing on their effort to unite and form a collective to legally play on the Metro cars, it discusses their project within the context of a society 10 years after the socialist revolution of Chavez. Through improvised songs, discussions with Metro officials, and interviews with Metro passengers and rappers alike, the film provides insight into the nature of modern day Venezuela and the pockets of independent underground culture that have developed in recent years.

Stay tuned for the next installment titled: The New Circus/ NUEVO NUEVO CIRCO, discussing the occupation of a bullfighting ring in Caracas to create a national circus with a social conscious.

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