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Ága – A Glimpse of Cultures Being Destroyed by Russian Colonialism and the Climate Emergency PDF Print

27 December 2019

Country: Northern Siberia

by: Mikhail Yakovlev

Screen_Shot_2019-12-27_at_5.45.48_PMThis year’s London Migration Film Festival screened Ága, an eco-drama set in Northern Siberia’s Sakha Republic that shows the silent struggle of an elderly indigenous couple in their isolated yurt somewhere Siberia’s snow-covered wilderness.

Introducing the first film set in so-called Russia, the festival’s organisers write

“In a yurt on the snow-covered fields of the North, Nanook and Sedna live following the traditions of their ancestors. But way of life starts changing - slowly and inevitably. Hunting becomes more and more difficult, the animals around them die from inexplicable deaths and the ice is melting earlier every year. Chena, who visits them regularly, is their only connection to the outside world – and to their daughter Ága, who has left the icy tundra a long time ago.”

It takes a while to piece this story together—in many cases, it seems slow, and even pointless…

But, gradually, the viewer notices the increasing number of trails left by planes in the Siberian sky and trucks in the snow, an indelible mark on the region’s breathtaking and unique nature. At one point, we see a truck maul a reindeer – an explicit visual clue that ‘modern’ technology poses an existential threat to the fragile eco system that supports Sedna and Nanook’s life.

 
Counting the Dead, Calling Out Femicide: How  French Media Has Finally Woken Up to the Cost of Domestic Violence PDF Print

18 December 2019

Country: France

By: Sophie Chauvet

Screen_Shot_2019-12-18_at_4.04.45_PMA year ago, 12,000 purple-clad French women took the streets of Paris in the biggest march against sexism that the country had ever seen. Only a few streets away, 8,000 Yellow Vests were also marching. While most of the media was busy covering the controversial working class movement, the women only got two minutes of coverage on French national broadcasters. Yet it didn’t change the facts that on average, 219,000 women per year report domestic violence to the French police. In 2018, 121 women were killed by their current partner or ex partner. How could this sustained violence, and its protest against it, have been so invisible?

One year later, things are changing. The streets of Paris now showcase graffiti denouncing femicides. On November 23rd 2019, 49.000 Parisians, out-of-towners, and celebrities took the streets again—and this time, the national media is finally giving them the airtime they deserve.

How did the activists change their tactics, and what can we learn about how to use media to bring sexual violence out of the shadows?

 
Sadfishing: a New Phenomenon Affecting Young People Online PDF Print

9 December 2019

Country: Global

By: Eline Jeanné

GirlIt is no secret that many young people today face a whole new world of influence and pressures through online platforms. Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, TikTok: these and many more platforms have been added to young people’s media diet, along with the benefits and consequences that come with them. New online phenomenon’s seem to crop up on a weekly basis, but one in particular has recently received a significant, and worthy, amount of attention: Sadfishing.

Sadfishing is when someone is accused of ‘fishing’ for likes and online sympathy through sharing their distress and unhappiness on social media platforms. The trend, which is believed to have been started by Kendal Jenner, was originally seen to be used to hook an audience for publicity and monetary reasons, like driving traffic to a site. Earlier this year, Jenner teased that she was ready to reveal her “most raw story yet.” Social media erupted with speculation around Jenner’s emotional secret, which turned out to be her struggles with acne. The problem: Jenner had just signed a deal with skin care brand Proactiv and used her emotionally charged social media posts to advertise their products.

 
CIVIS Media Prize: Migration, Integration and Cultural Diversity. PDF Print

Deadline: 21 January 2020

The CIVIS MEDIA PRIZE 2020 is now accepting submissions.

Screen_Shot_2019-12-09_at_12.49.27_PMEuropean programmes exploring the topics of migration, integration and cultural diversity are invited to enter.

A new addition to the 2020 competition is the topic of democratic culture – with a particular focus on the fault lines of an integrative society, the media representation of socially neglected groups, growing inequality or the failure to accept the immigration society as a given.

CIVIS again recognizes the best programme contributions in film, television, radio and the Internet, which are particularly suitable for the promotion of the peaceful coexistence of people of different geographic or cultural backgrounds.

CIVIS is also concerned with the further development of our democratic, integrative and culturally diverse society. CIVIS is taking a stand against authoritarian, nationalist developments: against racism, discrimination, and xenophobia. 

By awarding prizes to exemplary programmes, journalists and media professionals are encouraged to present the reality of life in the immigration society in all their programmes, without denying its conflicts. It is about equivalence, recognition and participation in social opportunities, regardless of national, ethnic or religious origin. The price structure of the CIVIS Media Awards 2020 is even more clearly assigned to the AUDIO and VIDEO segments.


Please find our conditions of participation online at:
www.civismedia.eu/downloads/2020_CIVIS_conditions_of_participation.pdf

Your registration for the competition must be made online
www.civismedia.eu

Invitation to the competition as download:
www.civismedia.eu/downloads/2020_CIVIS_Media_Prize_Competition.pdf

 
A Nazi Song Cover Gets 9/10 for a Secondary School Assignment in Argentina PDF Print

3 December 2019

Country: Argentina

by: Mikhail Yakovlev

Trigger Warning: this article mentions extreme anti-Semitic content.

Screen_Shot_2019-12-03_at_2.56.08_PMMost people who lived through the late nineties and early two-thousands will remember Aqua’s notoriously “infectious” camp classic Barbie Girl. Topping the charts on release, Barbie Girl has inspired numerous covers and questionable parodies in the years since. But, things took an abhorrent turn last week when it emerged that a group of Argentinian high-schoolers produced a parody, titled “Nazi Girl”.

The Danish original itself features highly questionable lyrics, like:

You can brush my hair, undress me everywhere

 
Final Conference - Disability: A Matter of Perception PDF Print

Event: 2 December 2019

Country: Macedonia

EKx-9AqWwAAtk85One day before the International Day of People with Disabilities, Media Diversity Institute (MDI) Western Balkans hosted the closing conference of our project, Disability: A Matter of Perception.

Disability: A Matter of Perception is a two year project in Macedonia, where we worked with Macedonian Institute for Media, National Council of People with Disability Organizations of Macedonia to train journalists and civil society organizations to revitalize the media as an essential space for marginalized groups. Over the course of two years, we organized trainings that resulted in numerous media articles and broadcasts, inspired interactive performances, and orchestrated campaigns that challenged stereotypes in Macedonia.

 
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