Excerpt from United States v. Jean, No. 5:15-cr-50087
Blacklist is a series of public documentary film screenings
and accompanying panel sessions thematically grouped around the significant
societal and environmental challenges of our time. Themes include (yet are not
limited to) Militarisation of Police, Automated Systems and
Artificial Intelligence, Mass Surveillance, 21st Century Fascism,
Over-consumption, The 6th Mass Extinction, Food Security and Climate Change.
Each screening comprises a single newly-released documentary film and panel of
four to six guests whose members are considered experts and/or activists closely
related to the (given) theme. It is the goal of this panel to address tensions,
challenges and mitigation strategies following the screening, inviting debate
and discussion to the ends of encouraging engagement.
In short, Blacklist aims to bring attendees in contact with activists around
themes already important to them, stimulating their own 'latent activist' to get
involved toward the ends of enacting positive change.
The theme of a Blacklist event is prescribed by parent Black Sheep events, occurring a week before;
the initiative of Ziya Tong, they comprise private, ad-hoc screenings to
activists in cities worldwide. It is at a Black Sheep event that
activists volunteer to attend and publicly engage audiences at a followup
Blacklist is the project of (in first-name alphabetical order) Crystelle Vu,
Julian Oliver and Manon Bernard.
The Global Arms Trade
19:00, May 10, 2017
Doors open 18:30
Spektrum, Berlin, Map
Free event. Event full. Seats limited. RSVP today via an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
BLACKLIST #2 takes a long hard look at the global arms trade through the lens of
Shadow World, an award-winning documentary based on the book by Andrew Feinstein.
Following the screening Andrew will join experts in a panel to discuss issues
raised by the film, with particular attention placed on drones, nuclear arms and
Germany's own role in this dark marketplace. The 3rd largest arms exporter
worldwide, German weapons are commonplace on the battlefield, most recently used
by UAE soldiers in Yemen. They are also found throughout the crisis zones of the
world, evading export controls to end up in the hands of child soldiers, militia
and drug lords.
The panel begins at 21:00 and will be held in English. We invite audience engagement in English,
German and French.
"Objectivity takes a backseat to outrage in this damning and artful documentary
about the world of arms dealer payola. At its center is a recent scandal
involving the money trails leading to and from Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan.
Reporters learned that British arms firm BAE Systems allegedly controlled a
slush fund to take care of foreign magnates while deals were being negotiated.
(Prince Bandar received a private jet as one perk, as reported by the
Guardian.) The dirt extends far into the political world, with Mark Thatcher,
son of the British prime minister, allegedly receiving 12 million in cash for
his work as a fixer, for instance.
In fact, many politicians (represented mostly in wince-inducing sound bites)
are tarred by Shadow World's brush, wielded by a motley band of intellectuals
and activists (including decorated journalist Chris Hedges, formerly of the New
York Times, and writer Jeremy Scahill of Dirty Wars acclaim). Their accusations
are paired with the incendiary prose of Eduardo Galeano, a beloved Uruguayan
champion of the people who died last year. The scope of it all widens to
encompass the complexity of today's ever-evolving, possibly endless war on
terror. Director Johan Grimonprez has woven a nightmarish tapestry depicting
the military-industrial complex. He has made a compelling argument that the
world is spinning dangerously into science fiction territory. Shadow World is
relentless, intelligent, and urgent."