Videos

There are three primary sites on which to view videos that are either produced for Zero Anthropology, or that are otherwise associated with ZA. Not all of them can be displayed below. The videos of Roi Kwabena’s poetry already appear under the Kwabena tab and are thus not repeated here.

First, original Zero Anthropology productions appear on Vimeo, with some still bearing the imprint of "Open Anthropology" from when this project went by that title (before it was replicated by others). Apart from the Roi Kwabena videos, what follow are some of my favourite ZA productions. New ethnographic documentaries of the Caribs of Trinidad will also appear on Vimeo, and here, when ready.

Second, there is the YouTube channel associated with ZAP (and one associated with Anthropologists for Justice and Peace). On the ZA YouTube channel, you will find lower quality versions of a few of the Vimeo videos, plus many archived news videos and various playlists dealing with Indigenous Peoples, imperialism, the Caribbean, and more.

Here are some of my favourites, from the ZAP Vimeo page (minus the Kwabena videos):

LIBYA: Race, Empire, and the Invention of Humanitarian Emergency from Maximilian Forte on Vimeo.

Based on the author's latest book, Slouching Towards Sirte: NATO's War On Libya and Africa (Baraka Books, Montreal, 2012), and nearly two years of extensive documentary research, this film places the 2011 US/NATO war in Libya in a more meaningful context than that of a war to "protect civilians" driven by the urgent need to "save Benghazi". Instead it counters such notions with the actual destruction of Sirte, and the consistent and determined persecution of black Libyans and African migrant workers by the armed opposition, supported by NATO, as it sought to violently overthrow Muammar Gaddafi and the Jamahiriyah. This film takes us through some of the stock justifications for the war, focusing on protecting civilians, the responsibility to protect (R2P), and "genocide prevention," and examines the racial biases and political prejudice that underpinned them. The role of Western human rights organizations, as well as misinformation spread through "social media" with the intent of fostering fear of rampaging black people, are especially scrutinized.

The same video as that above, with altered audio settings and in two parts, is also available on Youtube:

Carib Community of Arima, Trinidad and Tobago from Maximilian Forte on Vimeo.

An introduction to the Santa Rosa Carib Community of Trinidad and Tobago, based on both ethnographic and historical research. The contents of the video are organized according to the following sections:

1. The Mission
2. The So-called “Extinction”
3. The Traditions
3-A. The Santa Rosa Festival
3-B. Work duties for the Santa Rosa Festival
3-C. The Smoke Ceremony
4. The Resurgence
4-A. Chief Ricardo Bharath Hernandez
4-B. Shaman Cristo Adonis
4-C. Carib Queen Justa Werges
4-D. International Indigenous Connections
5. The Question of Recognition

This is meant to serve as a condensed overview of four full-length video documentaries to come.

In the meantime, please visit: http://indigenousreview.blogspot.com

PROGRESS from Maximilian Forte on Vimeo.

This is a video I made to accompany the music of Trinidad calypsonian, King Austin, for his 1980 classic, “Progress.”

Ward Churchill Speaks: On Colonialism as Genocide from Maximilian Forte on Vimeo.

On Wednesday, 15 April, 2009, less than two weeks after his successful lawsuit against the University of Colorado on the grounds of wrongful termination for constitutionally protected free speech, Ward Churchill traveled to Montreal and delivered an address at Concordia University. The entirety of his presentation, and most of his responses to comments are shown in the video. I filmed this under less than ideal conditions, using a rather low grade camcorder, with very poor lighting.

Counter-Counterinsurgency: The Video from Maximilian Forte on Vimeo.

Help to prevent contamination. You can fight the spread of the contagion, and avoid becoming another zombie fan of counterinsurgency, by sending the link to this video to seven friends over the next seven days. (The militarists and jingoists–but I repeat myself–were all upset by this…not subservient and deferential enough it seems, that and the fact that they are a humourless bunch of royal court hangers on and members of various meat lockers known as "think tanks.")

 

About Maximilian Forte

Anthropologist focusing on imperialism, neoliberalism, militarization, "humanitarian intervention," decolonization, Indigenous movements, and other topics in Political Anthropology. In addition, he teaches courses on visual anthropology, media ethnographies, and cultural imperialism. He is a full Professor in the Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology at Concordia University in Montreal. Please direct comments and inquiries to maximilian.forte@concordia.ca