FILMS FOR ACTION
FILMS FOR ACTION NEEDS YOUR HELP
We don't run on ads. We run on donations. Please help us by committing $5 a month.

VC Bruital (2020)

0

In his book A Secular Age (2007), the influential Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor offers brief reflections on the place of festivity in public culture, describing it as “one of the new forms of religion in our world.” Taylor discusses the importance of moments in urban life where the boudnary between “solitude and communication… sometimes flip over into common action.” Sporting events, rock concerts and festivals are among Taylor’s examples. There is great need within our mechanized, atomized, secular culture, observes Taylor, for moments of transcedence and the experience of collective action and solidarity. In an earlier work (Performing the Reformation, Oxford University Press), I discussed in-depth the dimensions of sociability, communitas, conviviality and transcendence in a new festival culture in Wittenberg, Germany. Far from advocating transcendence at all costs–for example, in the complete erasure of self through absorption in to the group, or the in the high that often accompanies participating in mob violence–the horizontal flattening that has accompanied the processes and structures of modernity nevertheless provokes the effort to attain or insert some element of verticality in to one’s life. Many festive cultures, especially those modelled in part on Carnivelesque elements, aspire to such heights, to, as Taylor puts it, generate “moments of fusion in common action/feeling, which both wrench us out of the everyday, and seem to put us in touch with something exceptional, beyond ourselves. Which is why some have seen these moments as among the new forms of religion in our world. I think there is something to this idea…” I do too, but, a shortcoming in Taylor’s account is that it is just that–an account. He tells, rather than shows, he claims rather than argues. I agree in many respects with Taylor’s analysis, but it is worthwhile to ground his insights in some empirical data and on-the-ground instances of the phenomenon about which he speaks. This fim then is a frontstage-backstage look at BRUiTAL's participation in the 2019 version of Prague's Velvet Carnival. Velvet Carnival is an annual masked satirical parade in Prague. BRUiTAL is a trance drumming group from Belguim. 

Trending Videos
Free Movies to Watch This Winter
Coronavirus
How Government Works
Featured Documentaries

Films For Action is a library for people who want to change the world.

Founded in 2006, our mission is to provide citizens with the knowledge and perspectives essential to creating a more beautiful, just, sustainable, and democratic society.

  • To dive in, click the Explore button above. You can filter by subject and category at the same time, and sort by newest, most viewed and top-rated.
  • Help us keep the quality of the site high by rating content 1-5 stars.
  • Add videos to our library! Half of our best content was added by members.
  • Have a question or suggestion? Feel free to get in touch.
  • Want to support us and watch some great films in the process? Our $5/mo Patrons get access to 15 of our favorite documentaries.

 

Why join Films For Action?

Goal: To rapidly transition to a just, ecologically sustainable, holistic way of living as fast as possible.

We believe the first step to achieve this goal should be an information delivery network that can amplify the impacts of all our efforts 1000 fold. 

Although Films For Action is centered around film - its true objective is the transformation of the world. This means moving away from the unsustainable paradigm we have now to a regenerative paradigm, as fast as humanly possible.  

Film is the medium of delivery -- the catalyst, the metabolizing agent to speed up, amplify and multiply the effects of every transition movement on the planet. And of course, "transition" contains it all - social justice, ecological regeneration, true democracy, egalitarian economics, universal empathy, less cultural insanity and more happiness and well-being.

All of these movements need a media ecosystem that supports this transition, rather than the media we have today which marginalizes it, ignores it, sanitizes it, suppresses it, or actively fights it. There is certainly good coverage across many different news outlets, and the quality and depth varies, but in terms of volume, the good stuff is easily lost in the deluge of superficial concerns.

Watch any network TV channel for 24 hours or read the newspaper for a week, and you will see what we mean. The dominant narratives which drive the national debate and become "common knowledge" is more often superficial, focused on symptoms rather than root causes, and reinforces the conventional "two sides" within the status quo. The lies and spin promoted by figures in power become well known, while voices that challenge and expand the range of debate rarely get heard. But most importantly, the level of repetition and volume of coverage is what counts. What gets covered day after day, and what gets covered once and is forgotten, or not covered at all? That's why we need a media movement that's dedicated to elevating the voices that aren't getting heard. We need media alternatives that make social change its primary focus. That's why Films For Action exists.

Ultimately, we're just one star in this growing constellation of new media, but we aim to do our part by cultivating the best video library dedicated to transition online, and we hope you'll join us