Documentary & Defiance

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Killings by the police become national moments of trauma. Mainstream media and politicians put all their efforts into appeasement or firefighting. What are the strategies that radical filmmakers can take to ensure that the deaths remain in our collective memory? How can we use film to organise community resistance to state violence? Migrant Media is a collective of migrant, black and refugee film activists established in 1991. We put the struggles of race and class at core of our resistance-based work. This is more than a philosophy of empathy. This is a sustained practical attempt to assist in the dismantling of white supremacy. The strategy of resistance comes from our awareness and direct experience of colonialism, imperialism and capitalism. We follow a rich, historical and currently active international movement of filmmakers in struggle. We recognise the victories of the past as we challenge the oppressors of the present.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRadical Film, Art and Digital Media for Societies in Turmoil
EditorsUrsula Böckler, Julia Lazarus, Alexandra Weltz-Rombach
Place of PublicationBerlin
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-3-947858-30-9
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sept 2023


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