Global Uprisings Short Films Night One / Scenes from a Revolt Sustained

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Global Uprisings Short Films Night One / Scenes from a Revolt Sustained

  • 2011-2012/2014
  • Directed By: Brandon Jourdan and Marianne Maeckelbergh/Matt Peterson, Luhuna Carvalho, and Nate Lavey
  • Rated Not Rated
  • Shorts Program
  • 127 Minutes
  1. Monday, October 5, 2015 7:00 p.m.
Image from the film Garbage Dreams
Global Uprisings Short Films Night One (2011–12) Directed by Brandon Jourdan and Marianne Maeckelbergh


In December 2010, after a Tunisian food cart vendor had his produce confiscated by the police, he set himself on fire in rebellion against repressive state forces. This single fire quickly spread into a conflagration of revolt that eventually became known as the Arab Spring. Only months later, this fire returned to the streets of Greece, while plaza occupations modeled on Cairo’s Tahrir Square were replicated across Spain, Portugal, and the U.S. Short films include: The Greek Revolt (2011), The Battle of Oakland (2012), and Madrid on the Brink (2012).

The Greek Revolt (2011) [7 minutes]
The Oakland Commune (2012) [12 minutes]
The Battle of Oakland (2012) [22 minutes]
Madrid on the Brink (2012) [9 minutes]
Barcelona March 29th: General Strike (2012) [8 minutes]
Lisbon Calling (2012) [13 minutes]
Scenes from a Revolt Sustained (2014) [56 minutes]


Scenes from a Revolt Sustained (2014) Directed by Matt Peterson, Luhuna Carvalho, Nate Lavey

A film about Tunisia and the Arab Spring, insurrection and revolution, about stability and the police, cities and unemployment, about us, about politics, about frustrations, impasses, confusions, about communication, power, youth, the future, about opposition and representation, organization and spontaneity, about suicide, about society and governance, divisions and time, about resonance, participation, survival. An essay/landscape film on the insurrection in Tunisia; with various beginnings-–2010, 1987, 1956, the present; in Ariana, Gafsa, Kasserine, Sidi Bouzid, and Tunis; a series of encounters with militants, rebels, fighters, unemployed, students, unionists, council communists, Stalinists, anarchists, et al. How do you organize against nationalism, neoliberalism, and religious fundamentalism; confront the limits of democracy, insurrection, and self-organization; build communism in the immediate wake of state and economic collapse? Director Matt Peterson is scheduled to be present. (2K DCP Presentation)