As 25,000 people protesting for their rights surround the Capitol building in Madison Wisconsin, today, Obama is preparing for his Portland/Hillsboro budget Bonanza tomorrow. The president is slated to visit the Hillsboro Intel plant to deliver inspiring speeches to a tech sector badly needing an overhaul. Ironically, the Obama administration also is the in process of ramming the Korea Free Trade Agreement (KFTA) through Congress and under the radar of most Americans. According to the U.S. International Trade Commission’s official study on the KFTA projects will increase the U.S. trade deficit in electronics — a category that includes sectors like semiconductors and solar panels — by $762 – 790 million. Do the workers at Intel know what this could mean for them?
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.
It’s official! Tiuna el Fuerte: Revolutionizing the Revolution, a Bmedia original we shot in Venezuela is here on your very own computer… So check check it!
Revolutionizing the Revolution is a documentary short following the hip-hop collective Tiuna el Fuerte, a local community collective that uses art, music and culture to transform the barrio of El Valle in Caracas, Venezuela. Situated on an old parking lot they developed into a cultural park using reclaimed materials, Tiuna el Fuerte now hosts a hip-hop school, a youth orchestra, a mobile community radio, and serves as an example for an alternative space for the community. The space is a “nucleus of endogenous cultural development,” exemplifying the concept of local development of the people, for the people, by the people that finds its roots in modern day Venezuela.