Thought Maybe http://thoughtmaybe.com A library of films to provoke, inspire and inform radical social and political change. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 23:52:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 This Changes Everything http://thoughtmaybe.com/this-changes-everything/ http://thoughtmaybe.com/this-changes-everything/#comments Sat, 25 Jun 2016 23:55:42 +0000 http://thoughtmaybe.com/?p=17785 This Changes Everything presents seven portraits from communities across the globe in an attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of addressing climate change. From Montana's Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond, the film ties together stories that highlight the connection of the pollution that is changing the climate with the economic system that put it there. Author Naomi Klein builds the basis to argue that we could seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform the failed economic system of capitalism into something better. Nothing short of an ecological revolution will be required. Will this film change everything? Absolutely not. But you could, by answering its call to action.]]> This Changes Everything presents seven portraits from communities across the globe in an attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of addressing climate change. From Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond, the film ties together stories that highlight the connection of the pollution that is changing the climate with the economic system that put it there. Author Naomi Klein builds the basis to argue that we could seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform the failed economic system of capitalism into something better. Nothing short of an ecological revolution will be required. Will this film change everything? Absolutely not. But you could, by answering its call to action.

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The Outrage Machine http://thoughtmaybe.com/the-outrage-machine/ http://thoughtmaybe.com/the-outrage-machine/#comments Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:25:58 +0000 http://thoughtmaybe.com/?p=17779 The Outrage Machine shows how these systems froth the mob mentality into a hideous mess, as a good example of where the spectacle goes and how its intensity has to keep ratcheting up in order maintain the audience attention, in a culture of dwindling attention spans, distraction and triviality.]]> This short video explores how the online world has overwhelmingly become the popular outlet for public rage by briefly illustrating some of the many stories of everyday people which have suddenly become public enemy number one under the most misunderstood of circumstances and trivial narratives. With the web acting like a giant echo-chamber, amplifying false stories and feeding on the pent-up aggression of the audience watching the spectacle, The Outrage Machine shows how these systems froth the mob mentality into a hideous mess, as a good example of where the spectacle goes and how its intensity has to keep ratcheting up in order maintain the audience attention, in a culture of dwindling attention spans, distraction and triviality.

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Plutocracy http://thoughtmaybe.com/plutocracy/ http://thoughtmaybe.com/plutocracy/#comments Sun, 19 Jun 2016 21:43:27 +0000 http://thoughtmaybe.com/?p=17652 Plutocracy: Political Repression in the United States is a series of films that comprehensively examine early North American history through the lens of class, to enable a wider critique of the social order in contemporary United States. The series not only documents and exemplifies individual strikes and labour movements throughout the centuries, but also serves to connect the narratives and political lessons of an entire era from a working-class viewpoint, forming a solid base of analysis for class struggle.]]> Plutocracy: Political Repression in the United States is a series of films that comprehensively examine early North American history through the lens of class, to enable a wider critique of the social order in contemporary United States. The series not only documents and exemplifies individual strikes and labour movements throughout the centuries, but also serves to connect the narratives and political lessons of an entire era from a working-class viewpoint, forming a solid base of analysis for class struggle.

Series

This first instalment covers sections on Mother Jones, the forming of the American Constitution and Civil War draft riots, industrialisation, the ensuing changes to police forces, robber barons, early American labour unions, and major mid-to-late 19th Century labour events including the uprising of 1877, the Haymarket Affair, Homestead strike and the New Orleans General Strike. This historical chronology also examines the West Virginian coal wars of the early 20th Century, culminating in the Battle of Blair Mountain.

Part two will cover the late 19th Century to the early twenties. Coming soon.

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Micro-Plastics http://thoughtmaybe.com/micro-plastics/ http://thoughtmaybe.com/micro-plastics/#comments Sun, 19 Jun 2016 10:58:51 +0000 http://thoughtmaybe.com/?p=17762 The microbeads of plastic contained in cosmetics, shower gels, soaps, toothpastes, and many other products, of course directly end up in rivers and oceans, fish and birds, as well as other creatures of the sea and indeed land. But if that isn’t problematic enough, these tiny plastics are only part of the bigger problem of plastic prolifically choking the ocean to death. For all plastics, big or small, break down and fail into smaller plastic particles, having cumulative biological and toxicological effects. This short television report takes a quick look into how marine life is effected by all this, and why we should do something about it before it’s too late.

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Salmon Confidential http://thoughtmaybe.com/salmon-confidential/ http://thoughtmaybe.com/salmon-confidential/#comments Sat, 18 Jun 2016 17:39:26 +0000 http://thoughtmaybe.com/?p=17763 Salmon Confidential follows renowned biologist Alexandra Morton as she finds that wild salmon are testing positive for dangerous European salmon viruses associated with industrial salmon farming worldwide, and then, how a chain of events is set off by the Canadian government to suppress the findings. Scientists are gagged, research suppressed, evidence not allowed. With the industrial fish farms having moved into Morton's neighbourhood in the late 1980s, since then, there has been a serious decline in wild salmon in the region. So, tracking her findings, the film follows Morton and her team as they move from courtrooms, to Canada's most remote rivers, Vancouver grocery stores and sushi restaurants, providing insights into the workings of government agencies tasked with managing the 'safety of fish and food supply,' that always seem to put industry and the needs of corporations over the natural world, time and time again. Salmon Confidential becomes a call to action to help save the wild salmon from these atrocities, before they're completely wiped out forever.]]> Salmon Confidential follows renowned biologist Alexandra Morton as she finds that wild salmon are testing positive for dangerous European salmon viruses associated with industrial salmon farming worldwide, and then, how a chain of events is set off by the Canadian government to suppress the findings. Scientists are gagged, research suppressed, evidence not allowed. With the industrial fish farms having moved into Morton’s neighbourhood in the late 1980s, since then, there has been a serious decline in wild salmon in the region. So, tracking her findings, the film follows Morton and her team as they move from courtrooms, to Canada’s most remote rivers, Vancouver grocery stores and sushi restaurants, providing insights into the workings of government agencies tasked with managing the ‘safety of fish and food supply,’ that always seem to put industry and the needs of corporations over the natural world, time and time again. Salmon Confidential becomes a call to action to help save the wild salmon from these atrocities, before they’re completely wiped out forever.

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Preempting Dissent http://thoughtmaybe.com/preempting-dissent/ http://thoughtmaybe.com/preempting-dissent/#comments Thu, 09 Jun 2016 09:12:04 +0000 http://thoughtmaybe.com/?p=17750 Preempting Dissent provides a quick overview of how some of this logic developed, as well as a glimpse of how political protest in the West has been shaped and controlled in the "post-9/11" years, up to and including the so-called Occupy movement. By provoking a reflection of the implications of the logic of the "War on Terror" and how its applied to stifle political protest, Preempting Dissent aims to lay some of the groundwork to develop more effective resistance tactics.]]> The legacy of the Bush administration and the so-called “War on Terror” includes a new logic that stretches well beyond the realm of overzealous security agencies, airport security and international relations, and into suppressing public protest; expanded surveillance aimed at entire populations, but especially activists; and mobilising fear for social control. Special police techniques have even been developed and applied in order to specifically suppress dissent and manage protests, especially in the wake of the rising anti-globalisation movements towards the turn of the millennium. Preempting Dissent provides a quick overview of how some of this logic developed, as well as a glimpse of how political protest in the West has been shaped and controlled in the “post-9/11″ years, up to and including the so-called Occupy movement. By provoking a reflection of the implications of the logic of the “War on Terror” and how its applied to stifle political protest, Preempting Dissent aims to lay some of the groundwork to develop more effective resistance tactics.

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Sand Wars http://thoughtmaybe.com/sand-wars/ http://thoughtmaybe.com/sand-wars/#comments Fri, 06 May 2016 14:39:45 +0000 http://thoughtmaybe.com/?p=17714 Sand Wars takes us around the globe to unveil the lust for the last of the world's sand, showing us what is at stake if this gold rush isn't stopped.]]> Industrial civilisation—based on the rapacious and unsustainable growth of ever-expanding cities—uses an insatiable amount of sand. Every year, beaches and oceans the world over are robbed of their sand in order to make the endless amounts of concrete, glass, silicon and other materials that are required to fuel this untenable way of life. Skyscrapers, glass buildings; every bridge, airport and footpath depends on sand. It’s also a central ingredient to creating optic fiber cables, smartphones, and computer chips. And just like oil, sand is a finite resource. So what are the consequences of sacrificing coastlines, beaches and oceans to mine sand for the global economy? Based on encounters with ‘sand smugglers,’ barefoot millionaires, corrupt politicians, unscrupulous real estate developers and environmentalists, Sand Wars takes us around the globe to unveil the lust for the last of the world’s sand, showing us what is at stake if this gold rush isn’t stopped.

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Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine http://thoughtmaybe.com/steve-jobs-the-man-in-the-machine/ http://thoughtmaybe.com/steve-jobs-the-man-in-the-machine/#comments Sun, 27 Mar 2016 06:40:59 +0000 http://thoughtmaybe.com/?p=17691 Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine is not just another celebratory biographical film about the life of a business man that many around the world grieved in 2011. It's a full rounded critical examination into the fundamentals of a person revered as an iconoclast, a barbed-tongued tyrant, a business sociopath. The real Steve Jobs is revealed like this through candid interviews from those who had close relationships with him at different stages of his life, including the mother of his child, Lisa, that Jobs refused he had, but named a computer after instead. The film also takes us through the evocative essence of the brand of Apple Computers which has captured the population like zombies, and asks the question: What is the legacy of this industry, and the truth of this kind of person that the culture celebrates so much, completely ignoring the darkness?]]> Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine is not just another celebratory biographical film about the life of a business man that many around the world grieved in 2011. It’s a full rounded critical examination into the fundamentals of a person revered as an iconoclast, a barbed-tongued tyrant, a business sociopath. The real Steve Jobs is revealed like this through candid interviews from those who had close relationships with him at different stages of his life, including the mother of his child, Lisa, that Jobs refused he had, but named a computer after instead. The film also takes us through the evocative essence of the brand of Apple Computers which has captured the population like zombies, and asks the question: What is the legacy of this industry, and the truth of this kind of person that the culture celebrates so much, completely ignoring the darkness?

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War Matters http://thoughtmaybe.com/war-matters/ http://thoughtmaybe.com/war-matters/#comments Sun, 13 Mar 2016 15:09:23 +0000 http://thoughtmaybe.com/?p=17672 War Matters chronicles a decade of anti-war protest in Britain through the story of veteran peace campaigner Brian Haw, who camped in Parliament Square for over 10 years in protest against the UK government's policies in the Middle East. Brian began his campaign against war on 2nd June 2001, initially in protest of the sanctions against Iraq. After the September 11 attacks in the United States later on that year, Brian's campaign took on a whole new level of importance. War Matters documents this shift by examining the larger issue of the British arms trade and the repercussions of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars around the world, as civil rights are being curtailed in so-called democracies. Where does democracy end and tyranny begin?]]> War Matters chronicles a decade of anti-war protest in Britain through the story of veteran peace campaigner Brian Haw, who camped in Parliament Square for over 10 years in protest against the UK government’s policies in the Middle East. Brian began his campaign against war on 2nd June 2001, initially in protest of the sanctions against Iraq. After the September 11 attacks in the United States later on that year, Brian’s campaign took on a whole new level of importance. War Matters documents this shift by examining the larger issue of the British arms trade and the repercussions of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars around the world, as civil rights are being curtailed in so-called democracies. Where does democracy end and tyranny begin?

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Who Pays the Price? http://thoughtmaybe.com/who-pays-the-price/ http://thoughtmaybe.com/who-pays-the-price/#comments Thu, 28 Jan 2016 15:11:05 +0000 http://thoughtmaybe.com/?p=17641 Who Pays the Price -- The Human Cost of Electronics is a short film that seeks to humanise the largely hidden and anonymous global labour force that enables the ubiquitous technoculture, documenting the harsh conditions in which electronics are made and how this really impacts those people's lives, and the environment. Toxic chemicals, plastics, and sweat-shop working conditions all contribute to the global machine that disseminates digital technologies, hidden in plain sight. Through direct footage of factory workers, interviews with them and analysis of the conditions, Who Pays the Price asks the question of the viewer, and as a call to action to stop the exploitation and toxification of people and the natural world.]]> Who Pays the Price — The Human Cost of Electronics is a short film that seeks to humanise the largely hidden and anonymous global labour force that enables the ubiquitous technoculture, documenting the harsh conditions in which electronics are made and how this really impacts those people’s lives, and the environment. Toxic chemicals, plastics, and sweat-shop working conditions all contribute to the global machine that disseminates digital technologies, hidden in plain sight. Through direct footage of factory workers, interviews with them and analysis of the conditions, Who Pays the Price asks the question of the viewer, and as a call to action to stop the exploitation and toxification of people and the natural world.

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