Saturday 26 March – Surveillance Film Festival continues

Saturday’s schedule includes both Kathleen Kuehn and Nicky Hager joining us at different times to help discuss surveillance.
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Saturday’s schedule is:
11:00 am – The Program (8mins) and ABC Secret Room (9mins) – Nicky Hager will be present for a talk after these two short films
12:30 pm – Operation 8 (110mins)
3:00 pm – Every Step You Take (65mins) – followed by a chat with Kathleen Kuehn about the ubiquitousness of surveillance
5:30 pm – Maintenance of Silence (20mins)
7:00 pm – The Lives of Others (137mins)

The Program and ABC News, Secret Room (2012 & 2008)
William Binney and Mark Klein are names that should be familiar. They are whistleblowers who spoke about mass surveillance prior to Snowden’s revelations. The info was out there for us, but so many chose not to listen. Why didn’t we want to know about the surveillance then? Why are we already ignoring Snowden’s revelations?

Operation 8: Deep in the Forest (2011) 110mins
Eight years ago in October dawn raids woke many people, people were briefly jailed and allegations of terrorism were thrown about based on evidence gained by surveillance. This country has a long history of surveillance, see how it was used in this most public case to hinder and control people and think about what is happening now.

Every Step You Take (2007) 65mins
CCTV and face recognition are examples of surveillance to keep people safe. Ten years ago the technology shocked, now it is old. How quick does it all change and how accepting do we become?

Maintenance of Silence (1985) 20mins
Awareness of surveillance seemed to be more common a few decades ago. Tens of thousands protested against the expansion of police and SIS powers, later the Wanganui Computer was bombed. Then Neil Roberts left the quote from Junta Tuitiva of La Paz, ‘We have maintained a silence closely resembling stupidity’. What does our silence now resemble?

The Lives of Others (2006) 137mins
Surveillance and oppression on the other side of the iron curtain has been a favourite subject for a lot of films. But how different is that past from the future here?

 

Surveillance Film Festival Starts Today – Friday 25 March

 

The Surveillance Film Festival begins today with a screening of Farenheit 451.

Friday 25th March, –  6pm at Thistle Hall, upper Cuba StPoster

Ray Bradbury’s ‘Farenheit 451‘ is set in a society at war, a war that is easily ignored as only distance noise that always affects other people. Surveillance is total with people living only for the present. The majority of citizens are mindless drones living for instant gratification, they are plugged into ear buds or watching screens. News is controlled in censored second long bites, deep-thinking and analysis don’t happen. War economy rules. Sound sort of familiar?

We too live in a society where war is the norm and the majority of us too, can to easily ignore it. Instead we allow ourselves to be salved by technology and Facebook and Selfies and instant gratification on-line.

Our world is closely surveilled and we are too willing to be part of it.

Come and join Stop the Spies for some cinematic fun and a wee bit of paranoia under your skin – today at 6pm, Thistle Hall, Wellington.

Saturday’s schedule includes both Kathleen Kuehn and Nicky Hager joining us at different times to help discuss surveillance.

Saturday’s schedule is:
11:00 am – The Program (8mins) and ABC Secret Room (9mins) – Nicky Hager will be present for a talk after these two short films
12:30 pm – Operation 8 (110mins)
3:00 pm – Every Step You Take (65mins) – followed by a chat with Kathleen Kuehn about the ubiquitousness of surveillance
5:30 pm – Maintenance of Silence (20mins)
7:00 pm – The Lives of Others (137mins)

For brief blurbs about each film, visit OASIS

Surveillance Film Festival in Wellington this Weekend

Join the Stop the Spies crew for some cinematic fun & a wee bit of paranoia under your skin!

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Has the portrayal of surveillance in films caught up with us? Dystopian Big Brother films from the past show glimpses of a present reality. Spy films and the machinations of spy paraphernalia capture our imagination with fantastical technology. Stasi and Cold War intelligence policing methods shock and titillate people. But Edward Snowden’s revelations opened many eyes to the ubiquitous world of mass surveillance right here and now.

The Surveillance Film Festival is an opportunity to explore the portrayal of surveillance in films and documentaries and ponder the reality of surveillance in our lives today.

Come and enjoy some films and see where the discussion takes us.

Venue: Thistle Hall, 293 Cuba St, Wellington City

Friday 25th March

6:00 pm – Farenheit 451 (112mins) Then onwards for after-film discussion and drinks at the Southern Cross.

Saturday 26th March

11:00 am – The Program (8mins) and ABC Secret Room (9mins)
Nicky Hager will be present for a talk after these two short films

12:30 pm – Operation 8 (110mins)

3:00 pm – Every Step You Take (65mins)
followed by a chat with Kathleen Kuehn about the ubiquitousness of surveillance

5:30 pm – Maintenance of Silence (20mins)

7:00 pm – The Lives of Others (137mins)