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Undercurrents 3

Synopsis
A quarterly alternative video magazine, published in response to a growing frustration with the mainstream. All the material was shot on domestic camcorders, mostly by activists who are using the media to support their campaigns.
1 (4 min): How the black community mobilises when a man dies in police custody.
2 (13.5 min): A humourous feature on campaigners taking their grievances to the boardrooms and AGMs of corporations.
3 (2.5 min): Wassailing to stop road building in Coventry.
4 (9.5 min): The launch of a new land rights campaign.
5 (6.5 min): A roundup of activism from Australia, Poland, Denmark, the USA, France, Germany and the Netherlands.
6 (6.5 min): A campaigner’s view of events.
7 (2 min): Dancing with the indigenous people of Brazil.
8 (18.5 min): An anti-road road movie chronicling the death of a car. Three friends take their cars from the south of England and bury them into the motorway construction in Glasgow to build a ‘carhenge’.
9 (12.5): Video evidence being used to defend road campaigners against wrongful arrest.
10 (2.5 min): Stonehenge revisited.
11 (13.5 min): Students force banks to act ethically
12 (6.5 min): Using camcorders to stop hunting in the New Forest: footage of a deer being mauled to death by hounds.
13 (14 min): How campaigners in Northern Ireland are returning to non-violent direct action to bring about social justice in their communities.
Series
Undercurrents, Series
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. VHS. col. 120 min.
Year of production
1995
Availability
Sale; 1996 sale: £27.95 per issue
Subjects
Environmental science; Politics & government
Keywords
environmental campaigning; field sports; legal issues; local government; media; road building

Sections

Title
No justice, no peace
Synopsis
1 (4 min): How the black community mobilises when a man dies in police custody.

Title
Take it to the top
Synopsis
2 (13.5 min): A humourous feature on campaigners taking their grievances to the boardrooms and AGMs of corporations.

Title
Green man, The
Synopsis
3 (2.5 min): Wassailing to stop road building in Coventry.

Title
Can you dig it?
Synopsis
4 (9.5 min): The launch of a new land rights campaign.

Title
Global news
Synopsis
5 (6.5 min): A roundup of activism from Australia, Poland, Denmark, the USA, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

Title
Stop live exports
Synopsis
6 (6.5 min): A campaigner's view of events.

Title
Yanomami rap
Synopsis
7 (2 min): Dancing with the indigenous people of Brazil.

Title
To Pollok with love
Synopsis
8 (18.5 min): An anti-road road movie chronicling the death of a car. Three friends take their cars from the south of England and bury them into the motorway construction in Glasgow to build a 'carhenge'.

Title
Bobby, Nick and Sue
Synopsis
9 (12.5): Video evidence being used to defend road campaigners against wrongful arrest.

Title
Exhaust pipe dream
Synopsis
10 (2.5 min): Stonehenge revisited.

Title
Beanz meanz copz
Synopsis
11 (13.5 min): Students force banks to act ethically

Title
Daylight robbery
Synopsis
12 (6.5 min): Using camcorders to stop hunting in the New Forest: footage of a deer being mauled to death by hounds.

Title
Buck stops here, The
Synopsis
13 (14 min): How campaigners in Northern Ireland are returning to non-violent direct action to bring about social justice in their communities.

Title
Back to the streets

Production Company

Name

Undercurrents

Distributor

Name

Undercurrents

Email
info@undercurrents.org
Web
http://www.undercurrents.org External site opens in new window
Phone
01792 455900
Address
Old Exchange
Pier Street
Swansea
SA1 1RY
Notes
A not-for-profit producer and distributor of UK and global counter-culture content. Working with video makers and communities who have been marginalised or overlooked by TV broadcasters, Undercurrents focuses on social and environmental issues and has some unique footage of campaigns and video activism. There is also a podcast series on eco-living entitled LIVING IN THE FUTURE. Some productions are available for purchase on DVD and others are streamed free online, via the webvideo section of the website.

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