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Undercurrents 8

Synopsis
A video magazine of alternative news, published in response to a growing frustration with mainstream news reporting. All the material was shot on domestic camcorders, mostly by activists who are using the media to support their campaigns.
1 (5 min): An update of protests from around the UK.
2 (7.5 min): The legal threat posed to grassroots publications.
3 (7.5 min): The first Kurdish woman to become an MP in Turkey is jailed for 15 years.
4 (3 min): A musical journey through the world of deforestation.
5 (7.5 min): New Labour and the arms trade.
6 (6 min): Campaigns from around the world.
7 (10 min): Police surveillance.
8 (7 min): Are we really seeing valuable stories on local news?
9 (5 min): Residents stop developers building a superstore on local beauty spot.
10 (1.5 min): Huntsmen show off their manners. Also includs activist poetry and hen house rock.
Series
Undercurrents, Series
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. VHS. col. 67 min.
Year of production
1997
Availability
Sale; 1998 sale: £27.95 (per issue) institutional 1998 subscription: £72.95 (1 year/3 issues) institutional
Subjects
Environmental science; Politics & government
Keywords
arms trade; deforestation; environmental campaigning; fox hunting; law enforcement; television news; town & regional planning; Turkey; video surveillance

Sections

Title
Street news
Synopsis
1 (5 min): An update of protests from around the UK.

Title
Gandalf trial
Synopsis
2 (7.5 min): The legal threat posed to grassroots publications.

Title
Leyla Zana
Synopsis
3 (7.5 min): The first Kurdish woman to become an MP in Turkey is jailed for 15 years.

Title
Timber
Synopsis
4 (3 min): A musical journey through the world of deforestation.

Title
New Labour new arms
Synopsis
5 (7.5 min): New Labour and the arms trade.

Title
Global news
Synopsis
6 (6 min): Campaigns from around the world.

Title
Pig brother
Synopsis
7 (10 min): Police surveillance.

Title
Pumpkin TV
Synopsis
8 (7 min): Are we really seeing valuable stories on local news?

Title
Wyndham Hill
Synopsis
9 (5 min): Residents stop developers building a superstore on local beauty spot.

Title
Hunt etiquette
Synopsis
10 (1.5 min): Huntsmen show off their manners. Also includs activist poetry and hen house rock.

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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