dctv-horizonteDCTV will be showing over a dozen Latin American politcial documentaries under the Horizonte! banner for a week from this Friday, 31st July.

DCTV will be showing over a dozen Latin American politcial documentaries under the Horizonte! banner for a week from this Friday, 31st July. Horizonte! will be officially launched with the Irish premiere of Beyond Elections at 8pm this Friday in 4 Dame Lane.

EVERY NIGHT FROM FRI JUL 31 TO AUG 6 ON Dublin Community TV over DIGITAL NTL 802

WHAT TO EXPECT ALL WEEK

Responses from the street to economic collapse, including protests, occupations, ballot box revolutions, and finally solutions. In short content you’ll find no where else on Irish TV sets. It’s Dublin Community TV, where else?

Beyond Elections Irish Premiere
This empowering documentary gives hopeful and concrete examples from around the Americas of people taking back the reigns of power and governing their own communities. Beyond Elections is a road map for social change, drawing from communal councils in Venezuela and social movements in Bolivia to participatory budgeting in Brazil and worker cooperatives in Argentina. The film gracefully succeeds in demonstrating that these grassroots examples of people’s power can be applied anywhere.

The full list of documentaries is:

Granito de Arena
Granito de Arena is the story of hundreds of thousands of public schoolteachers whose grassroots, non-violent movement took Mexico by surprise, and who have endured brutal repression in their 25-year struggle for social and economic justice in Mexico’s public schools.

Completed in 2005, Granito de Arena provides context and background to the unprecedented popular uprising that exploded in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006. Award-winning Seattle filmmaker, Jill Freidberg, spent two years in southern Mexico documenting the efforts of over 100,000 teachers, parents, and students fighting to defend the country’s public education system from the devastating impacts of economic globalization.

Our Oil and Other Stories
A two-month journey across Venezuela, from Lake Maracaibo to the Orinoco Delta. The people of the oil fields and the mining centres talk of their close encounter with these exploitations. For the first time, in the revolutionary Venezuela, a documentary delves deep in the problematic of oil and coal, from the angle of the life experience of communities, oil workers, indigenous people.

The film takes a look at world politics on oil and other extractive activities, jointly with the themes of sovereignty and self-determination of a people engaged in a real process of change.

FIVE FACTORIES: WORKER CONTROL IN VENEZUELA
5 Factories provides a penetrating look at the Bolivarian socio-economic project designed to challenge the dominant neo-liberal development model. Since the election of Hugo Chávez in 1998, the Venezuelan government has implemented reforms to transform the nation into what Chávez and his supporters refer to as a form of democratic socialism. As a component of this economic transformation, the government has supported co-ownership initiatives in which workers’ councils play a key role in company management. 5 Factories provides a unique perspective on the Bolivarian experiment, examining the successes and challenges of five companies rejecting traditional ideas of industrial management.

Oaxacca: True to My Pledge
“Compromiso Cumplido” is the first of a two-part documentary about the human rights violations during the current conflict in Oaxaca. The flim documents some of the horrors committed against the civil society of Oaxaca, and shows the strategy of state terrorism employed by the local governor. To date 25 known deaths have been reported, and yet there have been no criminal accusations or investigations for these murders.

Poquito De Verdad
In the summer of 2006, a broad-based, non-violent, popular uprising exploded in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. Some compared it to the Paris Commune, while others called it the first Latin American revolution of the 21st century. But it was the people’s use of the media that truly made history in Oaxaca.

A 90-minute documentary, A Little Bit of So Much Truth captures the unprecedented media phenomenon that emerged when tens of thousands of school teachers, housewives, indigenous communities, health workers, farmers, and students took 14 radio stations and one TV station into their own hands, using them to organize, mobilize, and ultimately defend their grassroots struggle for social, cultural, and economic justice.

Argentina Hope In Hard Times
“Que se vayan todos!” Chants echo off the skyscrapers, burst through the plazas, and clamor down the streets of Buenos Aires. “Throw them all out!” shout legions of frustrated Argentine housewives, students and lawyers, weaving their way through the city one summer evening, banging on pots and pans.

What would you do if you lost your job, they closed the banks so you couldn’t access your savings, and the government seemed unable to help? In Argentina they stormed supermarkets for food; the police gunned down 30 people in just one day. But what happened next was truly extraordinary.

Argentina Turning Around
In the 90s Argentina embraced globalization, but instead of making everyone rich the economy collapsed. The eyes of the world were on Argentina as a desperate people turned to each other for mutual support in a remarkable outpouring of grassroots organizing. Now, several years later, have there been fundamental changes, or is it business as usual?

From the producers of Argentina: Hope in Hard Times, comes a new film that re-visits worker-run factories, and talks with journalists, economists, and unemployed workers. ARGENTINA: TURNING AROUND provides an intimate view of the new models of work, politics and community development that are now underway, as people re-invent their society to offer a better life for all.

Venezuela Bolivariana: People and Struggle of the 4th World War
Presented at Globians Film Festival 2005: Venezuela Bolivariana: People and Struggle of the Fourth World War by Marcelo Andrade Arreaza examines the Bolivarian Revolution of Venezuela as connected to the world-wide movement against capitalist globalization. The film shows the evolution of the popular movement in Venezuela from the ‘Caracazo’ riots of 1989 to the massive actions that brought revolutionary president Hugo Chavez back to power, 48 hours after a U.S.-led military coup in 2002. The film ends with an epilogue that show the next steps that the Venezuelan people are taking, not only to fight against the oligarchy and imperialism, but to exercise what is called in the popular movement: Revolution within the Revolution.

Justice for Columbia: Why Colombia Is Dangerous For Trade Unionists
The Justice For Colombia Campaign has produced a five minute film about the situation faced by trade unionists in Colombia. You can watch it on DCTV and contact their office if you’d like a copy on DVD to show at a meeting or other event.

Venezuela From Below
This documentary consists mostly of interviews with working-class Venezuelan women and men, including a few long-time left activists, talking about how they have been affecting and affected by the changes in Venezuela since the election of Hugo Chavez. It will disappoint those looking for “balance” between revolutionary and counter-revolutionary views, but will be of great interest to those interested in understanding the accomplishments and limitations of the Bolivarian process.

Tierra De Mujeres
The EZLN uprising on January 1st 1994 was a turning point, at least for Zapatista women. Chiapanecan women organize in cooperatives, in religious women’s groups, in theatre projects and take responsibility for their own lives. Step by step they strike back in daily life, defend their villages against military incursions. Peasant women, teachers, believers, craftswomen, midwifes – they are all fighting for a better future, each one out of her own reality.

Kanal B Murdered By Coca Cola
Isidro Gil was shot on 5th. Dezember 1996 in Coca-Cola bottling-plant ‘Bebidas Y Alimentos de Urabá’ by paramilitary forces. the murder was the anser of the company on a list of demands the union made at the beginning of collective bargainings. after that, paramilitary groups forced all the workers to leave the union.

The film reconstructs the case in detail and puts it into the political and historic context of the region Urabá, where between 1995 and 1998 through thousends of murders the successefull left-wing party Union Patriotica and all social movements were wiped out.

Kanal B Argentina 2002
This 60 min documentary is about how the country was systematically ruined by US imperialism and the international financial institutions IMF and the world bank under the label of neoliberalism, as well as the help of a currupt political class. the compact and unanimous resistance of the public since the 19th/20th december 2001 has started to stir things up, slowly but surely: people are getting together in neighbourhood meetings, the unemployed are blocking streets, factories are being occupied and run by the workers, the unpunished militarymen (there were 30,000 missing people during the military dictatorship) and politicians are attacked on the street and openly condemned. the poor -who have no house, no tarmac roads, no money to eat- got to speak out, as well as professors, activists, factory occupants; the people who got together at the meetings.

Beyond Elections
This empowering documentary gives hopeful and concrete examples from around the Americas of people taking back the reigns of power and governing their own communities. Beyond Elections is a road map for social change, drawing from communal councils in Venezuela and social movements in Bolivia to participatory budgeting in Brazil and worker cooperatives in Argentina. The film gracefully succeeds in demonstrating that these grassroots examples of people’s power can be applied anywhere.

More details on the schedule are available from DCTV.