Monday, October 01, 2012

Madrid On The Brink: S25 → S29


Madrid On The Brink: S25 → S29 from brandon jourdan on Vimeo.

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.

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1 comment:

P. Veyrat said...

I feel the story told here lacks context and veers on supporting the discourse of the extreme left in Spain, which has been behind this particular action; an action rather small for Spanish standards and surrounded with controversy since the beginning. It advocated for "occupying" (later hypocritically rebranded as "surrounding" and stating openly it seek the resignation of the government and a new constitutional process). This was a recipe for the police charging (though everybody was surprised by the brutality they used).

Now imagine suddenly in the middle of the summer, you get news of some people gathering in a park and deciding to do that in your country without any program whatsoever and, specially, anonymously. Would you like to see an anonymous crowd overthrowing your government in return for something very unspecific?

It is the extreme left who is profiting from the terrible economical conditions in Spain and channeling them into nihilism. A very Spanish reaction, truth be told.

I find your work biased, focused in glorifying a concrete political discourse that has nothing to offer but violence and impossible ideas on political organization.

I think it's rather propagandistic than informative (the final music was quite a touch). There's nothing in this video that has not been reported by the Spanish mainstream media. However, it tends to glorify street violence and states a resurgence of "social movements", only having shown a very particular action of nihilistic nature.

The people interviewed, while some very articulate and accurate, do not represent a movement in which everybody speaks for himself (prides itself in this) and refuses to put forward any sort of viable agenda whatsoever.

As a Spaniard, while at loathe with the current situation and government, I cannot accept this sort of challenges to the State, since they don't represent a viable alternative. However, I despair at the dire drought of ideas and alternatives. And THIS is the real drama going on in Europe (if you want a story): the absence of alternatives to letting the thieving classes getting away with what they've done. Youths following outdated violent ideas are just part of the disease... Sadly.