films made for teleSUR

 

Michael Witt, Professor of Cinema at the University of Roehampton, surveys the career of Jean-Luc Godard.

Ian Christie Professor of Film and Media History, Birkbeck College, on Cold War cinema and the Space Race.

Ian Christie on Soviet Cinema, concentrating on Sergei Eisenstein and Dziga Vertov.

A survey of independent cinemas in London and how they can survive in the current economic and cultural climate.

A film about Red Saunders, the photographer behind the Hidden Project which recreates great moments in the long struggle of working people for democracy and social justice.

Peter Kennard is Britain’s most important political artist whose imagery has become synonymous with the modern protest movement. Peter talks about his first major retrospective at The Imperial War Museum.

Thomas Hirschhorn explains the influence behind his temporary “monument” to Italian political theorist and Marxist Antonio Gramsci which ran  throughout summer 2013 in the central Forest Houses housing project in the Bronx.

Co-directed with Duncan Pickstock

Artist Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen talks about two of his works. “Rendezvous” looks at Indian migrant workers in the UAE and their families left behind. “Promised Land” provides a n insight into the lives of migrants as they prepare to cross the channel from France to England

Co-directed with Duncan Pickstock

Every year thousands of migrants cross the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas, risking everything to get to the EU. Many don’t make it. Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen talks abou two of his recent works “Ode to the Perished” and “End of Dreams”

Co-directed with Duncan Pickstock

teleSUR is a pan-South American broadcaster largely funded by Venezuela.  Activist, producer and writer Tariq Ali has a weekly show on teleSUR English language channel. These are some of films I have directed for Rear Window, a short arts feature within that programme.

A story of the history of Bedlam how the experience of mental illness and notions of madness have been shaped over centuries, focusing in particular on inmate James Tilly Matthews, the first recorded case of a man who thought his mind was being controlled by a machine.

New Babylon is a 1929 Russian silent film about the 1871 Paris Commune, directed by Grigori Kozintsev and Leonid Trauberg with a musical score by Shostakovich. Ian Christie explains the importance of this film from a political and film history context

Composed by Arseny Avraamov, The Symphony of Sirens was an avant-garde composition performed in 1992 on the 5th anniversary of the Russian Revolution.


It is explained and, in part, performed by Rita Says of the Jerico Orchestra