Visualising Women's Rights - film 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 Animated films: Put Women's Equality Back on Track <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-45" style="width: 200px;"><a href="/content/animated-films-put-womens-equality-back-track"><img src="" alt="Women&#039;s Equality in Canada" title="Women&#039;s Equality in Canada" class="image image-thumbnail " width="200" height="142" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A coalition of women’s rights organisation in Canada called Women's Equality produced short animation films in a series called 'Put Equality Back on Track'. Women's organisations wanted to bring attention to the fact that Stephen Harper, the serving President elected in 2006, had not stuck to his promises to further women's rights. Canada is a signatory to UN conventions and charters on women's rights but have not followed through on it's commitments. A particularly pressing issue in Canada is women <a href=";feature=player_embedded">not receiving</a> equal pay for equal work. Additionally, shortly after being elected, Harper <a href="">rolled back</a> government funding and support for child care across the country. Government funding for research and advocacy into women's rights issues, and on the status of women in Canada, <a href=";NR=1">was cut</a> because the government announced that 'Canadian women had achieved equality with men.'</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>(three more videos on their<a href=" " target="_blank"> website</a>)</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Why we like it</span>: This series of animations follows a theme of 'putting equality back on track' featuring President Harper driving a train and suggesting that he has derailed efforts for women's equality and rights. Similarly, Harper is mocked through the use of subtle features that would be impossible in any other kind of standard documentary film. Animation opens up the potential for fantasy, subtlety, and for bizarre or unexpected visuals and special effects that present a different perspective on an issue. These animations also layer the storyline with hard information and facts about the lapses of the Harper government.The films have a strong message to voters to reconsider their choice for Harper in the next elections. A related <a href=";feature=related">video</a> found on Youtube, with a similar theme, layers voters' positive views on Harper with specific data on how his government had faulted on it's committments to women's and children's rights. The use of the data presents a direct challenge to these positive voices, suggesting that they are not adequately informed.&nbsp;</p> <p>Category: Women's Rights Worldwide Visualisations</p> <p>Year: 2006</p> <p>Created by: The Ad-Hoc Coalition for Women's Equality and Human Rights / Women's Equality</p> <p>Source: <a href=" " target="_blank">;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> animation Canada equality film women's rights Mon, 20 Sep 2010 19:26:36 +0000 maya 46 at