Visualising Women's Rights - Israel en Gaza Reels: Old Movies, New Voices <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-103" style="width: 200px;"><a href="/content/gaza-reels-old-movies-new-voices"><img src="" alt="The Gaza Reels" title="The Gaza Reels" class="image image-thumbnail " width="200" height="112" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In how many different ways is it possible to depict a problem that is more than sixty years old? Resistance to the Israeli occupation of Palestine has generated powerful, inventive and creative visual campaigns, and Gaza Reels by animator Anna Shevchenko, is one of the latest in a distinguished line-up.</p> <p> <iframe width="560" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Why We Like It </span></p> <p>Following from the powerful <a href="" target="_blank">Closed Zone</a>, Gaza Reels describes the continuing blockade of the Gaza Strip despite the recent opening up of the border at Rafah on Gaza's southern border with Egypt, and the only land crossing out of Gaza not controlled by Israel. (The film was also released close to the anniversary of the disastrous May 2010 attack on the Mavi Marmara and the <a href=";source=web&amp;cd=2&amp;ved=0CCgQFjAB&amp;;rct=j&amp;q=freedom%20flotilla&amp;ei=JN4jTtWlBdHPrQfAvoWCAg&amp;usg=AFQjCNHoFF9HQzWGUJ_dj_5HNCpu-wdh-A&amp;cad=rja" target="_blank">Freedom Flotilla</a>). Gisha's film seeks to challenge the belief that Israel has truly 'disengaged' from Gaza and describes how Gazans still face severe restrictions. Visually, this elegant little film evokes the nostalgia of the Geva News Reels that were shown in Israeli movie theatres in the 1950s and '60s, and is made up of collages of old and new visual motifs and styles. But there is another play on the layering of old and new. The Geva Reels'-style voice-over with it's typically didactic form of address, reminiscent of propaganda films of that earlier cinematic moment, barking the State-ist Quo, is countered by a calmer voice (also speaking in Hebrew) that tells of the lived reality of civilians in Gaza. The second voice is more conversational, gentle and draws out dialogue instead of being commanding.</p> <p>And there's a curious coda to this story. Early this year before the release of Gaza Reels, Geva Studios that produced the original News Reels was <a title="Geva Studios Torn Down" href="" target="_blank">torn down</a> to make way for new high-rise residential apartments. More history written over, written again.</p> <p>Source: Gaza Mom</p> <p>Website: <a href="" target="_blank">Gisha</a></p> <p>Year: 2011</p> </div> </div> </div> animation film Gaza Israel Palestine Mon, 18 Jul 2011 07:46:07 +0000 maya 104 at Machsom Watch: Documenting Checkpoints & Military Courts in Palestine & Israel <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-81" style="width: 200px;"><a href="/content/machsom-watch-documenting-checkpoints-military-courts-palestine-israel"><img src="" alt="Machsom Watch Site" title="Machsom Watch Site" class="image image-thumbnail " width="200" height="88" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On a cold February morning in 2001, five pioneering Israeli women - Ronnee Jaeger, Adi Kuntsman, Yehudit Keshet, Yael Lavi-Jenner and Stephanie Black - arrived at Checkpoint 300 between Bethlehem and Jerusalem. Inspired by similar actions in Guatemala, Ronnee Jaeger encouraged this group of women, who saw themselves as subversive and radical, to challenge the Israeli military on it's own ground. The five women who started Machsom Watch had a clear agenda - to monitor the behaviour of the military, monitor (and protect) Palestinian Human Rights and bear witness to what was happening. 'Machsom' is a Hebrew word meaning 'barrier' or 'checkpoint'.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Why We Like It</span></p> <p>While Machsom Watch is not expressly about 'women's rights' we believe it is an important documentation initiative by a group of women's human rights activists in this region. As the histories of Palestine and Israel have unfolded against the waves of Intifadas, persistent violent conflict, the changing political formations in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, the blockading of Gaza, the women volunteers of Machsom Watch have been quietly documenting daily events. Their focus is on reporting incidents occuring at all the checkpoints across Palestine, and in Israeli military courts. They compile summaries of events and highlight certain key themes and concerns. By doing so, Machsom Watch have built up an impressive database of incidents that is a testament to the actions of the military.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">We Liked the Map!</span></p> <p>One of their earlier websites displayed detailed observation data in the form of a map. Their&nbsp; current <a href="">website </a>does not use the mapping function any longer, preferring to organise information into videos, photos, 'spotlights' and detailed observation reports. Somehow, the map-based visualisation gave a strong sense of stories of the land and location organised neatly together, and that is also the history of this region. Additionally, in using a map a viewer unfamiliar with the area could get a visual sense of how small this area is and how tightly spaces are being policed, how close together (or far away) they are. We hope Machsom Watch will bring back their map!</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Source:</span> Machsom Watch</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Website: </span><a href=""> </a><span style="text-decoration: underline;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Year: </span>Since 2001<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><br /></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><br /></span></p> </div> </div> </div> checkpoint conflict documentation Israel machsomwatch map military Palestine reports women Wed, 05 Jan 2011 14:38:53 +0000 maya 80 at Infographic: Israel-Lebanon Death Toll <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-41" style="width: 200px;"><a href="/content/infographic-israel-lebanon-death-toll"><img src="" alt="coffins.jpg" title="coffins.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="200" height="82" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-weight: normal;">This is an info-graphic produced by an independent graphic designer showing the comparison in the scale of deaths of Israeli, Lebanese, UN and Canadian troops during the conflict between Hizballah's paramilitary foces and the Israel Defence Forces in July 2006. Since it's formation in the 1980s the militarized and political group, Hizballah, has been committed to resisting the Israeli occupation of Southern Lebanon. In this info-graphic, each person killed during the Israeli-Lebanon conflict is represented by a single coffin. The graphic was updated daily during the conflict to include additional numbers of people killed. </span><span style="font-weight: normal;">The info-graphic is based on a simple count of statistics obtained from mainstream news media reports, and in particular the BBC. </span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="font-size: small;">Why we like it: </span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-weight: normal; font-size: small;">What is arresting about this graphic is that it presents a comparison in the scale of deaths on both sides of the conflict. It transforms a simple list of numbers into a graphic that reveals how severely the Lebanese population was affected as compared to others involved in the conflict, including UN and Canadian troops. Using the coffin as a symbol to represent the death toll is also sobering, challenging the common feeling of desensitization, or apathy, that is sometimes associated with numbers. </span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Category:&nbsp;</strong>Visualisations about conflict in the Arab world.</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Year:&nbsp;</strong>2006</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Source:</strong>&nbsp;<span style="color: #0000ff;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href=""></a></span></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> conflict Death Toll Infographic Israel Lebanon visualisation Mon, 20 Dec 2010 15:16:26 +0000 maya 42 at Animated Palestinian Hip-Hop Videos <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-73" style="width: 200px;"><a href="/content/animated-palestinian-hip-hop-videos"><img src=" shot 2010-12-03 at 10.31.11 PM.thumbnail.png" alt="Animated hip-hop" title="Animated hip-hop" class="image image-thumbnail " width="200" height="143" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Hip-hop as a musical genre is rooted in the experiences of marginalised communities in the United States. It provided a vehicle&nbsp;to express anger, repression and yearnings for a better life. Although, decades later, money and the mainstreaming of the genre has changed hip-hop, it still remains an expression of protest in many parts of the world.</p> <p><object width="480" height="385" data=";hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="data" value=";hl=en_US" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value=";hl=en_US" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /></object></p> <p>This series of videos by Lena Merhej and Maher Abu Samra show the combination of simple animations and hip-hop being used for advocacy. Checkpoints, settlements, and the inability of Palestinians to live freely in the West Bank have encouraged artists to seek more creative ways to discuss the issues Palestinians are facing. The videos tackle the occupation of Palestine, and specifically the Apartheid wall, which Israel is building through the West Bank.</p> <p>Throughout, repetition and simple black and white illustrations are used to reiterate the message simply and effectively. The Arabic language is flexible enough to adapt phrases and words to rhyme, which makes it perfectly suitable for the intricate rhyming schemes of modern hip-hop.</p> <p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0cm; margin-left: 0px;">The simple use of graphics create a visualisation that is short and to the point. Catchy lyrics and music are used to draw the viewer into the message. At the end of each video, there is an explicit link to a United Nations resolution, an International Court of Justice decision or to Universal Human Rights, which reiterate the nature of the situation in Palestine.</p> <p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0cm; margin-left: 0px;"><strong>Links to all the videos:</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0cm; margin-left: 0px;"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0cm; margin-left: 0px;"><a href=";feature=related" target="_blank">;feature=related</a></p> <p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0cm; margin-left: 0px;"><a href=";feature=related" target="_blank">;feature=related</a></p> <p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0cm; margin-left: 0px;"><a href="" target="_blank"></a>I</p> <p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0cm; margin-left: 0px;"><strong>Year:</strong> 2009</p> <p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0cm; margin-left: 0px;"><strong>Category: </strong>Visualisations about conflict in the Arab World</p> </div> </div> </div> animation Arabic hip-hop Israel music Palestine Fri, 03 Dec 2010 20:44:56 +0000 Ramsey 74 at Map: Land in Dispute <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-51" style="width: 52px;"><a href="/content/map-land-dispute"><img src="" alt="The Shrinking Map of Palestine" title="The Shrinking Map of Palestine" class="image image-thumbnail " width="52" height="200" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This series of images was published in the London Times article titled “Truth in Mapping”, 5 May 2006. It uses a series of maps to show the changes in the territorial boundaries between Israel and Palestine from 1917 to 2006.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Why We Like It</span></p> <p>This series of images demonstrates how maps can reveal far more than geography: illuminating complex political and social issues between nations and different groups of people. The visual shrinking of Palestinian land gives a clear representation of an issue which is so hotly debated and controversial in the media. It cleverly uses a very neutral title, “Land in Dispute”, so as not to alienate some readers who might be put off by ostensibly “pro-Palestine” content. It works at two levels: giving the reader a quick and effective grasp of the situation at a glance and also, with the extra information around the map and the legend, a bit more of an understanding of the history and context of the situation.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Category: </strong>Visualisations of Conflict in the Arab World</p> <p><strong>Year: </strong>2006</p> <p><strong>By:</strong>&nbsp;London Times</p> <p><strong>Source:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong><br /></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> conflict Israel land map Palestine Thu, 16 Sep 2010 07:45:18 +0000 faith 50 at Animation: Lift the Siege on Gaza <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-53" style="width: 200px;"><a href="/content/animation-lift-siege-gaza"><img src=" shot 2010-09-23 at 10.02.56 AM.thumbnail.png" alt="Lift the Seige on Gaza" title="Lift the Seige on Gaza" class="image image-thumbnail " width="200" height="136" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As part of a larger campaign to demand that Israel lift the siege on Gaza, The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (<a href="" target="_blank">B’Tselem</a>) launched a short animated clip, “Lift the Siege on Gaza”. The animation, created by Alon Simone, challenged the effectiveness of this siege on the grounds that Israel's attempt to cripple Hamas is actually serving to enrich them. The animation shows how goods that are not allowed to enter Gaza from Israel are smuggled into the country from Egypt through tunnels where Hammas collects money on them.</p> <p><object width="480" height="414" data="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="data" value="" /><param name="src" value="" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /></object></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Why we like it</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>In just over 50 seconds the film communicates a pressing and controversial issue using a recognisable cartoon style seen regularly on television, but used here to tackle a serious issue. The colour and expression of the characters brings a different angle to a subject worn out in media and advocacy debate. The opening screen text, “The siege on Gaza brought Hamas to its knees, you think?” and the bouncing soundtrack, does what a body of text can't do. It creates humour, revealing the irony of Hamas benefiting from a scheme intended to injure them. It carefully uses the style to engage a certain audience but not to undermine the severity of the problem but points to the true consequences of the blockade, the people in Gaza are the only people to suffer, concluding that a “Siege doesn’t collapse a government a siege just makes people miserable.”</p> <p><strong>Source:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><strong>Year:</strong> 2009</p> <p><strong>By:&nbsp;</strong><a style="text-decoration: underline; color: #998565;" href="" target="_blank">B’Tselem</a></p> <p><strong>Category:</strong> Visualisations about conflict in the Arab World</p> </div> </div> </div> animation conflict Gaza Hamas Israel video visualisation Fri, 20 Aug 2010 15:46:03 +0000 faith 30 at