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ARENA SQATTED

By means of material that was created in the Arena the film shows the squatting, the organization of collective work, the negotiations with the city and finally the demolition of the buildings. It calls to memory, how a generation had been politicized through their involvement in the Arena movement.
Video/Umatic/16mm - 77’ – b&w
1:1,33 - optical sound - OV german

production Videogruppe Arena
(Josef Aichholzer, Ruth Beckermann, Franz Grafl)
premiere May 1977, Action Kino, Vienna

The new phenomenon of the ARENA movement with its political and social aims, which did not permit a supremacy of any large political party or left-wing splinter group such as the Trotzkyites and Maoists, is rather clearly revealed in the tight, analytical order of the material. At the same time, the sloppy amateur video-esthetics gives a vivid account of the typical ARENA-flair and its characteristic living, protesting and working ambiance.
GUSTAV ERNST, Arena