About

Global Uprisings is an independent news site and video series dedicated to showing responses to the economic crisis and authoritarianism. Since 2011, Brandon Jourdan and Marianne Maeckelbergh have been travelling, researching, and making documentary films.

Their short films detail social movements in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, the UK, and the US. Their films cover strikes and demonstrations in the UK, the large-scale housing occupations and street mobilizations in Spain, the various general strikes, protests, and factory occupations in Greece, the revolution in Egypt, the Gezi Park uprising in Turkey, the 2014 social explosion in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the revolt against austerity in Portugal, and the occupy movement in the United States.

Throughout the project, they have also collaborated with collectives and media makers such as the Mosireen collective, Grit TV, Deep Dish TV, Big Noise Films, Democracy Now, and David Martinez.

 

Global Uprisings Creators

Brandon Jourdan is an award-winning independent filmmaker, journalist, and writer. Jourdan has contributed to the NY Times, CNN, Reuters, Deep Dish TV, Democracy Now!, the Independent Media Center, Now with Bill Moyers, Foreign Exchange, and Free Speech Television. He is currently based in the Netherlands, where he is covering reactions to the financial crisis.

Marianne Maeckelbergh is Lecturer in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University, the Netherlands. She is author of The Will of the Many: How the Alterglobalisation Movement is Changing the Face of Democracy (Pluto Press, 2009) and is a member of the World Financial Crisis Research Group.

The Will of the Many

 

Collaborators

 

Deep Dish TV

Since 1986, Deep Dish has been a laboratory for new, democratic and empowering ways to make and distribute video. It is a hub linking thousands of artists, independent videomakers, programmers and social activists. The network has produced and distributed over 300 hours of television series that challenge the suppression of awareness, the corruption of language, and the perversion of logic that characterizes so much of corporate media. Deep Dish TV is the official sponsor of www.globaluprisings.org

 

Mosireen

Mosireen is a non-profit media collective in Downtown Cairo born out of the explosion of citizen media and cultural activism in Egypt during the revolution. Armed with mobile phones and cameras, thousands upon thousands of citizens kept the balance of truth in their country by recording events as they happened in front of them, wrong-footing censorship and empowering the voice of a street-level perspective. Follow them at http://mosireen.org.

 

SubMedia.TV

SubMedia.tv is a video production ensemble, which aims to promote anarchist and anti-capitalist ideas, and aid social struggles through the dissemination of radical films and videos. Founded in 1994, subMedia.tv has produced hundreds of videos on everything from anti-globalization protests to films about shoplifting. Our films have been screened around the world in social centers and movie theaters and have been watched by millions on the internet.

 

Occupied London

Occupied London is an anarchist-autonomist collective from London, UK. The collective started in 2007 publishing the free anarchist journal Voices of Resistance from Occupied London. The journal was launched with the aim to provide a platform for discussion across the wider social antagonist movement and has seen significant success in doing so, with contributors spanning across that political spectrum (anarchists, autonomists and others from the wider non-orthodox Marxist tradition). Since December 2008 the collective has been running the blog From the Greek Streets covering thecivil unrest in Greece and since then it provides almost daily updates on the unraveling crisis in Greece, becoming a key source of counter-information on the Greek crisis.

 

David Martinez

David Martinez is a writer, filmmaker and political activist based in San Francisco. His work is about everything from animated bird corpses to Sudanese revolutionaries, but it usually involves radical politics and social movements. He has worked as a videographer in Indonesia, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Darfur, and Iraq, where he filmed inside besieged Fallujah in 2004. His movies have screened everywhere from small community centers in the Midwest to film festivals in Europe. His writing has been published in The San Francisco Bay Guardian, Filmmaker Magazine, CounterPunch, CorpWatch, and Islam Online. He has worked in documentary production with Hector Galan and Billy Nessen, feature film production with directors Richard Linklater, John Sayles, and Jimmy Mendiola, and worked as an actor in Waking Life, directed by Linklater. He has also been employed as a school teacher, social worker, bike messenger, and taxi driver.

 

Reflections on a Revolution

Reflections on a Revolution (ROAR) is an online magazine of radical critique and revolutionary imagination that seeks to amplify the voice of our generation amid the clamorous cacophony of a rapidly changing world. ROAR aims to bring you some of the world’s most inspiring news, stories, analysis, ideas, actions, books, poems, tunes, photos, videos and doodles from the front-lines of the Global Justice and Real Democracy Movement. ROAR was founded in Oakland, CA., in 2010 as an alternative media collective that seeks to contribute to the ongoing wave of global uprisings by freely sharing information and breathing inspiration into the Creative Commons. ROAR is edited by Jérôme Roos, a writer, activist and filmmaker from Amsterdam and a PhD Researcher at the European University Institute in Florence. Their contributions come from volunteers around the world.

 

Big Noise Films

Big Noise Films is a collective of media-makers around the world, dedicated to circulating beautiful, passionate, revolutionary images. For the most up-to-date info about their events and tours, go to www.bignoisefilms.org.

 

Not An Alternative

Not An Alternative is a hybrid arts collective and non-profit organization with a mission to affect popular understandings of events, symbols, and history. They curate and produce interventions on immaterial and material space, leveraging the tools of architecture, exhibit design, branding, and public relations.

 

Luhuna Carvalho

Luhuna Carvalho is a filmmaker and activist based in Lisbon, Portugal. His film and video work have shown at several festivals in Lisbon and Barcelona. He is one of the publishers of Edicoes antipaticas, a collectively-run independent project in Lisbon. He also is one of the organizers of Regueirão Dos Anjos, a social and cultural center in Lisbon.

 

Carlos Delclos

Carlos Delclos (Houston, TX, USA) is a sociologist and lecturer at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, an activist in the 15M Movement and a contributor to Reflections on a Revolution (ROARMAG). In addition to teaching courses in Labour Relations Theory, Social Structures, Introduction to Sociology, and Demography & Populations, his work includes research on migrations, health inequalities, economic organization and fertility. A son of Spanish immigrants, he is a dual U.S.-Spanish citizen.