DANGEROUS MINDS: THE KINGDOM OF SURVIVAL

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)

Cast:

NOAM CHOMSKY

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

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.

MARK MIRABELLO

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

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.

BOB MEISENBACH

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

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

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.

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