Visualising Women's Rights - Palestine 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 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 Mapping: Open Street Maps in the Occupied Palestinian Territories <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-62" style="width: 200px;"><a href="/content/mapping-open-street-maps-occupied-palestinian-territories"><img src="" alt="Detail of Open Street Map for Gaza" title="Detail of Open Street Map for Gaza" class="image image-thumbnail " width="200" height="96" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="">Open Street Maps</a> is a global project that maps cities around the world through the collective efforts of everyday people. Most geographical data and maps are created from data that is protected by copyright legislation and is expensive to use. Open Street Maps is free and constantly being edited and updated by the efforts of volunteers around the world.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">How it works:</span> Open Street Maps uses free and open source software, allowing volunteers using GPS (Global Positioning System - a global navigation satellite-based system that gives location information) to record and share information about the geographical layout of a city. Users can identify highly specific details about the features of a particular area - from constructed and built up areas (roads, waterways, rail-lines, housing, amenities etc) to natural and physical land features. This information is shared on open, editable maps where users can annotate their data. There is therefore a great degree of relevant and useable detail that an Open Street Map can convey. &nbsp;</p> <p>In 2009, Open Street Maps embarked on a <a href="">mapping project</a> for the Occupied Palestine Territories, aimed at developing a comprehensive map of the Gaza Strip to assist relief agencies and NGOs working on the ground. The project involved the creation of an 'asset register' where key public infrastructure such as schools, hospitals and mosques were recorded in terms of their location. Information about these territories was sourced from news agencies, geographers, mappers, volunteers, NGOs, aid agencies and bloggers</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">&nbsp;Why we like it</span>: The geo-political and military conflict that has overshadowed Palestine for decades has resulted in it being cut off from the public eye. Locals too, themselves, often do not have access to information about their own country because its borders and land are so contested. Open Street Maps' Palestine project provides vital information about heavily militarised areas like the Gaza Strip to help aid agencies provide various kinds of support. Open Street Maps are also user-friendly and informative, giving users detailed information about their city. Equally, the OSM project allows Gaza, the West Bank and other parts of Palestine to take on character and identity of their own. Beyond check-points and blockades, beyond the news stories and political wrangling, the Palestine Open Street Maps allows local Palestinians, and the world online, to recognise and know these territories in such intimate detail, often for the very first time.</p> <p>Category: Visualisations about conflict in the Arab World</p> <p>Year:2009</p> <p>Source: <a href="" title=""></a></p> </div> </div> </div> Gaza Geographical mapping Open Street Maps Palestine Political WestBank Tue, 12 Oct 2010 06:22:51 +0000 maya 61 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