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Undercurrents 10

Synopsis
A video magazine of alternative news, published in response to a 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 (7 min): National environmental, gay, animal, social justice direct actions.
2 (5 min): A woman’s journey to Kosovo, delivering solidarity and aid.
3 (5.5 min): Charting the success of direct action to stop genetically modified food entering Britain.
4 (3 min): A singer takes to the streets with her message and guitar.
5 (1.5 min): The Biotic Baking Brigade cooks for top capitalists.
6 (8.5 min): An Oxford community gets radical when Railtrack ignores thier views and destroys the greenbelt.
7, 9 (2, 2 min): Mock awards presented to councils and government agencies for increasing the surveillance of society.
8 (3 min): Anti-adverts from Canadian organisation Adbusters.
10 (5 min): Round-up of internatinal environmental, gay, and social justice direct actions.
11 (5 min): A Welsh community challenge to the government’s rhetoric of sustainability.
12 (10 min): Tactics cannabis users are employing to challenge British drugs legislation.
13 (3 min): A musical tribute to the policing of protests.
14 (3 min): When a huntsman fails to sound his horn.
15 (7 min): Music video highlighting Labour’s arms sales to repressive regimes.
Series
Undercurrents, Series
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. VHS. col. 71 min.
Year of production
1999
Availability
Sale; 1999 sale: £27.95 (per issue) institutional 1999 subscription: £72.95 (1 year/3 issues) institutional
Subjects
Environmental science; Politics & government
Keywords
arms trade; environmental campaigning; fox hunting; Kosovo; law enforcement; surveillance

Sections

Title
Street news
Synopsis
1 (7 min): National environmental, gay, animal, social justice direct actions.

Title
Workers aid
Synopsis
2 (5 min): A woman's journey to Kosovo, delivering solidarity and aid.

Title
X files
Synopsis
3 (5.5 min): Charting the success of direct action to stop genetically modified food entering Britain.

Title
Leave your car at home
Synopsis
4 (3 min): A singer takes to the streets with her message and guitar.

Title
Pie attack!
Synopsis
5 (1.5 min): The Biotic Baking Brigade cooks for top capitalists.

Title
Neighbours from hell
Synopsis
6 (8.5 min): An Oxford community gets radical when Railtrack ignores thier views and destroys the greenbelt.

Title
Big Brother awards (2 parts)
Synopsis
7, 9 (2, 2 min): Mock awards presented to councils and government agencies for increasing the surveillance of society.

Title
7, 9
Synopsis
8 (3 min): Anti-adverts from Canadian organisation Adbusters.

Title
Subverts
Synopsis
10 (5 min): Round-up of internatinal environmental, gay, and social justice direct actions.

Title
Global news
Synopsis
11 (5 min): A Welsh community challenge to the government's rhetoric of sustainability.

Title
Living lightly
Synopsis
12 (10 min): Tactics cannabis users are employing to challenge British drugs legislation.

Title
Grassroots
Synopsis
13 (3 min): A musical tribute to the policing of protests.

Title
Oh no!
Synopsis
14 (3 min): When a huntsman fails to sound his horn.

Title
Blow your own trumpet
Synopsis
15 (7 min): Music video highlighting Labour's arms sales to repressive regimes.

Title
Seize the day

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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