Anna Mendelssohn – the Guardian

Read Anna’s obituary from the Guardian newspaper
Anna Mendelssohn – The Guardian

What is Anarchism? – FILM

What is Anarchism? What is Anarchism? – Prof. David White and Ben Dean-Kawamura (Indy TV #25)
When members of Rochester Indymedia attended demonstrations against the Democratic and Republican national conventions in Denver, Colorado and St. Paul, Minneapolis late last summer, one of the striking conclusions we returned with was how the term “Anarchist” was being used by the media and law enforcement to demonize those organizing to challenge the political oligarchy represented at both conventions. In trying to sort out how law enforcement agencies and government at the local, state and national levels could justify the lockdown on these cities and the expenditure of obscene amounts of money for security, it became clear that there has been, throughout American history, an ongoing and confusing narrative about Anarchism. In this episode, Indy TV begins an ongoing series on the question of the definitions and practices of Anarchism. The guests are Professor David White of St. John Fisher College and Ben Dean-Kawamura. Professor White terms himself a “career Anarchist” and was involved with the long-lived project “Anarchist Action of Rochester”. Ben Dean-Kawamura is a long time local activist and a member of the Rochester Indymedia collective.
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John Samson (see FILMS)

DocSpot: John Samson Retrospective (Part I) (PG*) + Q&A
20:30 / 16 December 2009 Cinema 3

Dressing for Pleasure

Three documentaries by the extraordinary British filmmaker explore fetishism, alternative culture and the importance of sport¹s collective experience to the British nation

In association with the London International Documentary Festival
With introduction by Robin Samson

Born in Ayrshire, John Samson (1946 – 2004) was an extraordinary British filmmaker. His working class roots and passionate interest in radical politics and bohemia fuelled what would turn out to be a life-long fascination with individuals and groups operating at the margins of society. An extremely compassionate filmmaker who never sought to exploit his unusual subjects, Samson would immerse himself in their strange worlds; his keen eye teasing out motivations while never lacking a dry yet gentle good humour which helped him, above all, to make sense of each and every extraordinary existence he encountered

Esbozo de una Enciclopedia Histórica del Anarquismo Español

Enciclopedia Esbozo de una Enciclopedia Histórica del Anarquismo Español
by Miguel Íñiguez
Prólogo de Juan Gómez Perin. Fundación de Estudios Libertarios Anselmo Lorenzo, Madrid 2001. 645 pp. (Parts 1-5)
This first encyclopaedia of Spanish anarchism and anarcho-syndicalism covers all individuals involved from the outset on whom information is available, from illustrious figures to the simplest activists. Young people who became active after 1975 have been omitted. Entries for periodicals until 2000 are also offered, including the ones published in exile. The organizations and their main organs are also listed, such as the CNT with its congresses and Comités Nacionales, as well as factions, such as the Amigos de Durruti. There are also separate entries for congresses, arranged by venue, and major events, similarly arranged by venueClick the links below to enjoy this work
Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five

Memoria Negra

Memoria Negra Memoria Negra (2008 – Xavier Montanyà)
– available to view now via the ‘Films’ link above

Director: Xavier Montanyà; Script: Xavier Montanyà and Carles Serrat; Photography: Ricardo Íscar; Producer: Domingo Parra
In this 2007 film, Xavier Montanyà examines the legacy of colonisation in Equatorial Guinea through interviews, archival footage, and a strong narrative voice and structure. The film traces a path from colonisation through independence to the present day, through interviews with witnesses from both Guinea, such as writer Donato Ndongo, and Spain, such as Manuel Fraga Iribarne and Spanish politicians and Antonio Garcia-Trevijano. This film is an astonishing introduction to a little-known history.
El testimonio de un exiliado guineano sirve para hacer un recorrido por el pasado reciente de Guinea Ecuatorial, desde la colonización española, pasando por la independencia en 1969 y la sangrienta dictadura de Francisco Macías. Todo ello sin obviar el actual régimen petrolífero de Teodoro Obiang. Nuestro protagonista intercala sus vivencias personales con las de su pueblo, explicando desde el destierro cómo heredó un río a la muerte de su padre o cuáles son las leyendas y costumbres del país.