Breaking the Spell
Breaking the Spell
A History of Anarchist Filmmakers, Videotape Guerrillas, and Digital Ninjas
Chris Robé



Breaking the Spell offers the first full-length study that charts the historical trajectory of anarchist-inflected video activism from the late 1960s to the present. Video plays an increasingly important role among activists in the growing global resistance against neoliberal capitalism. As a result, alternative media production becomes a central location where new collective forms of subjectivity can be created to challenge aspects of neoliberalism. Chris Robé's book fills in historical gaps by bringing to light unexplored video activist groups like the Cascadia Forest Defenders, eco-video activists from Eugene, Oregon; Mobile Voices, Latino day laborers harnessing cell phone technology to combat racism and police harassment in Los Angeles; and Outta Your Backpack Media, indigenous youth from the Southwest who use video to celebrate their culture and fight against marginalization. This groundbreaking study also deepens our understanding of more well-researched movements like AIDS video activism, Paper Tiger Television, and Indymedia by situating them within a longer history and wider context of radical video activism.

Title Breaking the Spell
Subtitle A History of Anarchist Filmmakers, Videotape Guerrillas, and Digital Ninjas
Author Chris Robé
Publisher PM Press
Title First Published 01 May 2017
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 480 p.
ISBN-10 1629632333
ISBN-13 9781629632339
Publication Date 01 May 2017
Main content page count 480
Weight 16 oz.
 


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