By Brandon Jourdan, Luhuna Carvalho, and Marianne Maeckelbergh
On November 14th 2012, thousands of people took to the streets of Portugal as part of a European wide general strike. Until recently, the International Monetary Fund held Portugal as an ideal example of the effectiveness of austerity policies, but today, its economy is heading in the same direction as Greece and Spain. This short documentary details the week of the November 14th strike in Lisbon and the events surrounding it.
Produced By Brandon Jourdan, Marianne Maeckelbergh, and Carlos Delclós
This short film chronicles the events of the past week in Spain where
hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets to demand
the resignation of the government and an end to police brutality. Many
of the protests ended in clashes with the police. Since the stand off
began on September 25th , the images of police brutality have
travelled the world over, shocking and inspiring people across Europe
and leading to an international day of action on September 29th. This
film tells the story of why so many people took to the streets and
follows these events as they unfolded.
On 29 March 2012, millions of people across Spain went on strike. The strike, which was the first general strike since September 2010, brought the country to a near halt. The situation in Spain has grown increasingly difficult with 1 in 4 people out of work and many struggling to make rent or mortgage payments.
On January 28th, 2012, Occupy Oakland moved to take a vacant building to use as a social center and a new place to continue organizing. This is the story of what happened that day as told by those who were a part of it. it features rare footage and interviews with Boots Riley, David Graeber, Maria Lewis, and several other witnesses to key events.
Produced By Brandon Jourdan and Marianne Maeckelbergh
Greece is in the midst of a social rebellion with people at many different levels of society involved in strikes, occupations, riots, workplace slowdowns, self-reduction campaigns, and other forms of economic sabotage. Greece has become ground zero of the Eurozone’s fiscal crisis. The austerity measures promoted by the IMF/EU/ECB, otherwise known as the troika, are at the core of the social crisis in Greece. This short documentary looks at the crisis in Greece and social reactions to structural adjustment measures in October 2011.
By Brandon Jourdan
Athens, Greece, October 2011-In Athens, Greece, there are all the elements of a low-intensity conflict zone. Greece has become ground zero of the Eurozone’s fiscal crisis. The latest strikes are seen by many to be historic in a country with a rich tradition of protests.
As Greek citizens are bracing for the upcoming 48-hour general strike on October 19th and 20th called for by the ADEDY and GSEE, the largest umbrella organizations of public and private unions, civil servants continue occupying several government buildings, including one housing the finance ministry office. Food and fuel supplies may also be affected in the next few days as a strike by customs officials is to continue through Thursday and gas stations will be shut on Wednesday.
On Saturday March 26th 2011 an estimated 500,000 people marched through central London to protest UK austerity measures which are expected to lead to the loss of tens of thousands of jobs and major cuts to public services.