Satyagraha: Political Shorts

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Satyagraha: Political Shorts


Screen Shot 2019-06-28

Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth.

Albert Einstein

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Director Lana Z Caplan

#MindBody #SelfHypnosis #Dreamers #utopia #MMIW #GiletJaune #WhitePrivilege #NotMyPresident #BlackLivesMatter #Enough #IBelieveHer #Parkland #Ferguson #StopFundingHate #Brexit #GunControlNow #4ECognition #Impeach #ClimateAction #SunRa #SpeculativeSpace #COP24 #HashtagActivism #Divest #TradeWars #LeniRiefenstahl #Olympia #IfIDieInASchoolShooting #Shutdown #Woke #CampFire #NoDAPL #TradeWars #Resist #StillMarching #EqualityNow #MeToo #NeverAgain #LoveWins

Patches of Snow in July

Director Lana Z Caplan

Mythology and religious fanaticism, climate deniers and environmental profiteers, natural disasters and the end of radio, all reflected in the mirror of a morphing landscape, poised for new devastation.

Piṭuvahalayā (The Exile)

Director Rajee Samarasinghe

Shot improvisationally in 2010, shortly after the end of the Sri Lankan civil war, this film takes a lyrical approach to examining recent history and the process of reconstruction in the post-war era. The visions of an exile are carried through an immoral silence, to an end both dubious and bittersweet.

she's not gonna get more dead

Director ariella tai

in the film "daybreak" willie's character admonishes torch, who's been avoiding talking about willie's deceased mother, his lover.  willie lets torch know "she's not gonna get more dead.  she's as dead as she's gonna get."  this video uses footage from "being mary jane" and select excerpts of black women vampires to meditate on what makes someone, and what it might look like to be, more than dead.  

At dagger's drawn

Director Ann Antidote and Notorische Ruhestörung

In a lot of countries of the the world, homosexual acts are punished with prison if not worse.
Not everybody can afford to be as blunt as this blade.

for safe self expression in public for everyone.

In solidarity with consensual pervert lifestyles accross the galaxy.

Made in North Africa and North Europe, 2018

Lost Cause & Effect

Director Richard Sangeleer

An experimental film-essay about the white supremacist murders on a public train in Portland Oregon in 2017.


Director Júlio F. R. Costa

An interpretation of the concept of angst , the opening of the being to the world 

The Gospel

Director Jordan Ros

An exploration of religious rituals in America.

Celles qui rêvent d'en devenir une (These who dream to become one)

Director Elodie Barattucci

Three faces of women are constantly masked by collage; pieces of models' faces and actors.

They are no longer themselves and do not look like the covers of magazines so craved for...

Who are they after all these transformations?

Just Say Know Nancy

Director Cynthia Gaffney

A retro twist on Nancy Reagan's 1980's Just Say No campaign that incorporates my own "Just Say Know" statement from that period. 

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