Image: still from Unseen War, Exposing the Invisble
During three evenings we will watch three movies respectively exploring the background to the current geo-political situation, the contact and strategic considerations between Edward Snowden and the media, and finally a showcase of different activists and their missions to bring unseen stories to the attention of the mainstream media.
The screenings will take place at the Platform BK office. After each screening we will discuss questions raised in the movies in an informal setting. Each evening a specialist will be invited to bring extra depth to the discussion.
If you wish to participate, please sign up using the form in the sidebar. There is a limited number of seats for each screening.
The screenings are for Platform BK members only (you can sign up for membership here).
March 3rd 19.00 hrs, PBK Da Costakade 158
Bitter Lake, Adam Curtis 2015
Special guest Vesna Madzoski, researcher and curator
“The film is called Bitter Lake. It is a bit of an epic – it’s two hours twenty minutes long. It tells a big historical narrative that interweaves America, Britain, Russia and Saudi Arabia. It shows how politicians in the west lost confidence – and began to simplify the stories they told. It explains why this happened – because they increasingly gave their power away to other forces, above all global finance.”
March 10th 19.00 hrs, PBK Da Costakade 158
Citizenfour, Laura Poitras 2014
Special guest Hans de Zwart, director Bits of Freedom
In January 2013, Laura Poitras received an encrypted e-mail from a stranger who called himself Citizen Four. In it, he offered her inside information about illegal wiretapping practices of the NSA and other intelligence agencies. Poitras had already been working for several years on a film about monitoring programs in the US, the result of the September 11 attacks. In June 2013, accompanied by investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald and The Guardian intelligence reporter Ewen MacAskill, she went to Hong Kong with her camera for the first meeting with the stranger, who identified himself as Edward Snowden. Several other meetings followed. The recordings gained from the meetings form the basis of the film.
March 17th 19.00 hrs, PBK Da Costakade 158
Exposing the Invisible
The digital age has profoundly transformed the way people find and share information. The Internet is enabling collaboration between activists, hackers and journalists on an unprecedented scale. This has led to previously unimaginable possibilities in investigative reporting. People are newly empowered to uncover hidden information, expose corruption and bring the truth to light.
Through a series of short films, Exposing the Invisible tells the personal stories of those working at the new frontiers of investigation. We explore their tools and methods and learn how they manage the risks of information activism. The project also offers a range of resources to help activists protect themselves and their work.
Our Currency is Information
Our currency is Information is the first episode of the documentary film series Exposing the Invisible by Tactical Tech. In this episode you will learn about methods for investigating corruption and organised crime. You will meet Paul Radu from the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, one of the most inspiring investigative reporters from Romania.
From my Point of View
The second episode in the series, ‘From My Point of View’, rather than looking at professional investigative journalists, profiles three ‘investigators-in-the-making’ investigating issues ranging from weapon supply routes in Syria’s ‘YouTube conflict, urban land grabbing in post-conflict Beirut and how DIY aerial mapping can expose and challenge power relations in Jerusalem.
All three use innovative tools and tactics to use their data to shed light on hidden layers of the issue they address, many of which are featured in on our Resources pages. To get to know their stories better, read the extensive interviews.
In our final episode, Unseen War, we change the angle slightly and explore the physical, moral and political invisibility of US drone strikes in Pakistan. We speak to journalists, activists and experts inside and outside of Pakistan about the consequences of the strikes in the tribal FATA region, whey they are possible, and how we can make the issue more visible using data and visualisation tactics.