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Retooling Dissent

Short experimental and documentary videos, many of them advocating low-tech tools to resist global economic power. StreetRec's Retooling Dissent: Creative Resistance Projects at the World Economic Forum Protests 02-02-02 surveys such novel communication devices as a bicycle with stencils attached to its wheels that paints slogans on city streets. But its best segment, tacked on at the end, is 4n6's “Surveillance Report,” in which Bill Brown, part of a New York guerrilla theater troupe that performs in front of surveillance cameras, delivers an articulate harangue on privacy and the Fourth Amendment. In Eye of the Storm, Raphael Lyon and Andres Ingoglia weakly argue that activists with camcorders effectively combated Argentina's recent neoliberal crisis. And Elizabeth Witham's Stealing Air is a promo for unlicensed microradio stations in Berkeley and Santa Cruz. Also showing: work by Mary Patten, Walter Forsberg, Bryan Boyce, and Jim Finn. 75 min.

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