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Shorts 2013

Academic journal article Afterimage

Shorts 2013

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Shorts 2013

By Oliver Ressler/Design Division/2 hrs 24 min./$55.0 0/DVD

Austrian installation and video artist Oliver Ressler has been making films since 2000. His early films include engaged portraits of direct action groups (such as Rote Zora from 2000 and Disobbedienti from 2002); studies of the benefits of the Bolivarian constitutional and policy reforms in Venezuela (Venezuela from Below from 2004 and Comuna Under Construction from 2010); and alt-globalization activism (This is what democracy looks like! from 2002, What Would It Mean to Win? from 2008, and In the Red from 2014). Most of these films are available on Ressler's website at www.ressler.at, and a collection of short films from 2006 to 2013 has recently been made available on DVD PAL. The themes range from the dire effects of economic restructuring and government corruption in former socialist countries (Socialism Failed, Capitalism is Bankrupt. What comes Next? from 2010, and The Plundering from 2013); to the 2008 economic fiasco (The Bull Laid Bear from 2012); the politics of oil production and ecological disaster (Leave It in the Ground from 2013); the chaotic state of politics (Robbery from 2012); the problems of migration in a world of global citizenship (The Right of Passage from 2013), and military survival training for business people working in conflict zones (The Fittest Survive from 2006). …

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