The last screening of DANGEROUS MINDS for this first half of 2012 will be dedicated to expose and discuss strategies to resist and re-think contemporary society.
I created this film + lecture series to present ideas through film and word that would help better understand the times we live in and I couldn’t think about a more relevant documentary to wrap things up.
The film will be introduced by journalist and author Patrick van der Hijden.
Thursday 10 May, 20.00h at De Balie Cinema. Don’t miss!
THE KINGDOM OF SURVIVAL
Dir. M.A. Littler
US | 2011 | 96 min
THE KINGDOM OF SURVIVAL explores outlaw culture, off the grid survivalism and libertarian philosophy to find new strategies that would allow us to re-think contemporary society.
This interdisciplinary documentary combines speculative travelogue and investigative journalism in order to trace possible links between survivalism, spirituality, art, radical politics, outlaw culture, alternative media and fringe philosophy.
The film investigates physical and psychological survival strategies practiced by groups and individuals in the modern world.
Maverick writer and filmmaker M.A. Littler hits the outlaw highway in search of visions that challenge the status quo.
On his journey Littler crosses paths with renowned linguist and dissident Prof. NOAM CHOMSKY, outlaw historian DR. MARK MIRABELLO, gonzo journalist JOE BAGEANT, legendary reclusive cabin builder MIKE OEHLER, anarchist book publisher RAMSEY KANAAN, egalitarian radio host SASHA LILLEY and folk musician WILL ‘THE BULL’ TAYLOR.
Together they explore radical and alternative visions for the 21st century.
“When I come across a work like this one I’m incredibly thankful. It’s the kind of film you almost think can’t exist until you see it: a rich and beautiful movie that leaves you satisfied, without ever trying to give cheap answers to the unanswerable. It made me want to take a walk in the mountains and maybe try to stare a fencepost down. Which is to say, I loved it.”
Benjamin Whitmer (Author)
Prof. Noam Chomsky is known in the academic and scientific community as one of the fathers of modern linguistics and a major figure of analytic philosophy. Since the 1960’s Professor Chomsky has also been widely recognized as a political dissident and as such one of the few dissidents who has received global attention for his views on globalized capitalism, neo‐imperialism and the bias of mainstream media.
Joe Bageant (1946‐2011) was an American transcendentalist, author and columnist known for his books Deer Hunting With Jesus – Dispatches from America’s Class War and Rainbow Pie – A Redneck Memoir. In his two books Bageant illustrated the lives and struggles of America’s permanent poor white underclass. Bageant’s primary field of study was Winchester Virginia, the small town he was born in, left during the hippie era and returned to 35 years later.
Dr. Mark Mirabello is an American historian and author. Mirabello’s area of expertise is the ”outlaw” history on the ”frontiers and margins” of human civilization. He lectures on Alternative Religions and Cults, Secret Societies, Terrorism and Crime, Banned Books, Intellectual History, and other subjects.
Mike Oehler is a pioneer of the American drop out ‐ and back to land movement of the 1960’s. Oehler is widely recognized as a leading architect of underground housing. In addition to his books on underground architecture, Oehler has been the author of a variety of books in which he deals with physical and spiritual survival tactics, emphasizing spirituality as the antidote to materialism.
Raised in rural Nebraska during the 1940’s and 50’s, Bob Meisenbach found himself at the epicenter of an emerging dissident culture on Friday May 13th 1960, when 64 students including Albert Einstein’s granddaughter, Evelyn protested against the House Subcommittee on Un‐American Activities lead by senator Joe McCarthy who had been holding public investigations into Communist infiltration of unions, the film industry and the teaching profession. The protests were the death blow to the House Committee on Un‐American Activities, paved the way for public dissent and became known as the day that made the “Sixties” possible. The assumed ring leader that day was Bob Meisenbach.
Ramsey Kanaan was involved in the early UK anarcho‐punk musical scene of the 1970s and 1980s, yet is best known as the founder of AK Press, one of the largest distributors of anarchist and left‐wing books in the world. In 2007 Kanaan left AK Press to establish PM Press, a new radical publishing outfit.
Sasha Lilley is an English‐born writer, journalist, and radio broadcaster based in the San Francisco Bay Area, whose work focuses on social movements, intellectual history, and political economy. She is the editor of Capital and Its Discontents: Conversations with Radical Thinkers in a Time of Tumult.
WILL ‘THE BULL’ TAYLOR
Will “The Bull” Taylor a.k.a. Willy Tea, a.k.a. Straight Dealin’ Willy T., a.k.a. Willy Tea Farmer, a.k.a. Funk E. Love is a spearhead of the neo‐roots movement in California. Taylor is a gentle man farmer, sur‐rural poet, baseball player and family man. According to many, Taylor is one of the few the legitimate heirs to the likes of Townes Van Zandt, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Woody Guthrie.
DANGEROUS MINDS: A CELEBRATION OF RADICAL THINKING.
Dangerous Minds celebrates the radical and often controversial ideas set in motion by a number of iconoclast freethinkers.
This monthly film+lecture series joins together a complex cast of protagonists as diverse as non conformist philosophers,visionary scientists and militant organizations, presenting their ideas through five dedicated documentaries.
These critically acclaimed international documentaries are introduced by a selection of guest speakers.