Time: March 12, 2020 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Maple Ridge Council Chambers
Street: 11995 Haney Place
City/Town: Maple Ridge
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Event Type: film, documentary, screening
Organized By: Cinema Politica
Latest Activity: Mar 7, 2020
Protests and demonstrations are deemed a right of free speech and expression in democratic nations, but increasingly this right is being challenged by governments and policing forces that are intent on setting limits to these basic freedoms. Land and water protectors and climate change activists have been labelled as “domestic terrorists” and police forces are increasingly using so-called “less lethal” weapons and surveillance regimes such as facial recognition to track individuals.
This month's double film presentation covers these issues. Invasion is a short new film about the Unist’ot’en Camp, Gidimt’en checkpoint and the larger Wet’suwet’en Nation standing up to the Canadian government and corporations who continue colonial violence against Indigenous people. “Preempting Dissent”
Preempting Dissent is based on a book by the same name and exposes the political, and economic roots of preemptive forms of protest and policing. It interrogates the expansion of the so-called "Miami Model" of protest policing, a set of strategies developed in the wake of 9/11 to preempt forms of mass protest at major events in the US and worldwide. The film tracks the development of the Miami Model after the World Trade Organization protests in Seattle in 1999, through the post-9/11 years, FTAA & G8/20 summits, and most recently, the Occupy Wall Street movements. The film exposes the political, social, and economic roots of preemptive forms of protest policing and their manifestations in spatial tactics, the deployment of so-called "less-lethal" weapons, and surveillance regimes. The film notes that new social movements have themselves begun to adopt preemptive tactics so as not to fall into the trap set for them by police agencies worldwide.
Guest Panel: To be announced
Doors open at 6. The film begins at 6:30.