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#rabbleReels: Rubble Kings.

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The documentary looks at the events running up to the Hoe Avenue peace accord, a gang wide truce brokered between the gangs in the early 1970s.  This is definitely of interest to anyone interested in looking into some of the reality inspiring The Warriors movie, that ode to fear of the urban ghettoized minority. There’s a few other viewings thrown in for good measure too to get you up to speed on some of this period.

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#rabbleReels: Victory To The Dockers.

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It’s nigh on 20 years this week since the Liverpool Dockers dispute kicked off. It centred around a group of workers who refused to cross a picket in support of other dockers. Their sacking on September 29th led to a two year high profile struggle for reinstatement that propelled them forward as a symbol of resistance to globalisation’s casualistaion agenda. Along the way they made some interesting allies, most notably there was the Robbie Fowler incident where he pulled up his t-shirt to unveil the brilliant subversion of Calvin … Read More

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#rabbleReels: The Art and Crimes of Ron English.

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If you’re glued to your couch and looking for something to chew over that’s not going to numb your brain. Then this is for you. It’s a documentary about Ron English,  he’s a billboard hi-jacker and a pioneer of subvertising as art pranksterism. Full of crazy anecdotes and punchy anti-corporate bish bosh. Head over to the Network Awesome website for more deadly ideas along these lines. Bored and looking for something to watch? We’ve a tonne of other viewing suggestions here.  

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#rabbleReels: The Houdini Of Florida.

In Culture, politics by Rashers Tierney1 Comment

  Here’s a fascinating documentary that gets right into the unsettling world of solitary confinement in the good ol US of A. Mark DeFriest Spent a decade without going outside. Ten years of not seeing the sun. For what? Amy Goodman of Democracy Now describes what landed him in the hole: “AMY GOODMAN: We turn now to the shocking case of Mark DeFriest. In 1979, his father died and left him a set of tools. Not realizing how wills worked, Mark picked his tools up before they were probated. He … Read More

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#rabbleReels: Aphex Twin On MTV Party Zone.

In Blog, Music by Rashers Tierney1 Comment

Who remembers MTV’s The Party Zone? Source of much mid-1990’s late night music mirth. Folk of a certain generation will have the odd recording of this show, locked away on old VHS tapes in the attic. Probably breeding dust mites with other music documentaries, some random Oliver Stone movie and a collection of grunge videos sucked off satellite to watch on a rainy day. Here Aphex Twin chats about wrecking his neighbours’ heads (quelle surprise!), his tank up in Wales and how much he loves the internet.

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#rabbleReels: Obama’s Class War.

In Blog, politics by Fedayn3 Comments

    The growing popularity of John Oliver’s HBO show ‘Last Week Tonight’ merits it another blogpost. This week he tackles inequality and the language of fear used to silence debate about it. Three years ago President Obama challenged a group of historians to ‘…help me find a way to discuss the issue of inequality in our society without being accused of class warfare.’ His recent speech identified ‘income inequality’ as the biggest immediate threat to the nebulous ‘American Dream’. The conservatives reacted swiftly, labeling his speech a call to … Read More

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Coppers And Brass.

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Dublin Community Television’s (DCTV) and  John Breslin’s Broadcasting Authority Of Ireland (BAI) -funded traditional music series “Coppers and Brass” returns for a second season tonight. Presented and researched by Tommy Fegan – a trad scholar and musician himself – the series showcases the music, the players and the issues that often don’t get discussed in the world of Irish traditional music. Featuring interviews in studio, as well as from the Willie Clancy week in Clare and other key get togethers on the trad calendar, each episode is wonderfully rounded … Read More

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#rabbleReels: Incident at Oglala.

In Blog, politics by Fedayn2 Comments

  On June 26, 1975, two FBI agents entered the Jumping Bull Ranch. A shootout left them both dead. Leonard Peltier won’t qualify for a parole hearing until 2024. He is presumed innocent.  The controversial miscarriage of justice has had repercussions right up to Presidential level. When Bill Clinton decided not to give a pardon to Peltier but instead pardoned the fugitive billionare racketeer Mark Rich, Hillary Clinton’s supporter David Geffen shifted his favour to back Barack Obama in the presidential race. The documentary (see embedded video above) Incident at Oglala, narrated by … Read More

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#rabbleReels: Alternative Football Heroes.

In Blog, Sport by Rashers Tierney1 Comment

This Al Jazeera commissioned series took a penetrating look at some players that gave a shit about more than just what happened on the pitch. Among the portraits are Rachid Mekhloufi,  who togged out for the Algerian national liberation team during the 1958 World Cup.  And of course, Brazil’s Socrates: who with his Corinthian teammates challenged government repression. They’d probably have a thing or two to say about the treatment dished out to favella residents around this tournament too. A year ago amidst a sea of football scandals and shocking reports of the realities of … Read More

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#rabbleReels: Living La Vida Loco.

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Mention El Salvador and the most common image that comes to mind is the tattooed faces of Mara Salvatrucha and 18th Street  gang bangers. Christian Poveda was a hispanic-French documentary maker that spent two years documenting the lives of marginalised youth in San Salvador, the country’s capital. Just before its general release he was murdered. Pirated copies had made their way onto the streets and gang (maras in Spanish…) members were not happy. The causality rate is shocking. More of his subjects get knocked off than in a season of Game … Read More