1. The video is based on a drama rehearsal of the play "Yakkoo" (devils) by the Women's Centre drama group, which consist of women workers and activists from the Free Trade Zones in Sri Lanka. The video also contains interviews and poetry with lawyers, activists, researchers etc. The drama, the stories that are told and the poetry in the video address gender as central element of broader social, economic and political issues.

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  2. The video investigates the social and political significance of t.A.T.u., and focuses on the singers Lena Katina and Yulia Volkova, and their former international promoter Martin Martan. The video looks into possibillities of popular culture as critical practice.

    t.A.T.u. created controversy early on in their career by insistently portraying the image of being a lesbian couple. On their US tour in 2003 they visited the Jay Leno show on the American TV-station NBC. The singers wore t-shirts with the text “Fuck the war!” to protest against the war in Iraq, which at that time was just invaded by the US. In another Japanese TV-show the duo could be seen wearing t-shirts addressing the disputed islands located between Russia and Japan.

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  3. Katunayake Free Trade Zone, music by the Women's Centre is a video recorded from a car within the Katunayake Free Trade Zone in Sri Lanka. The video-recording is accompanied by music performed and made by the Women's Centre singing group. The Women's Centre was established in 1982 by Women workers within the Free Trade Zone to protect and empower women workers within the Free Trade Zones and the society.

    This video is part of the Kotmale/Katunayake Free Trade Zone project that consists of a series of videos, a billboard, texts, images and events that investigates the politics around the Free Trade Zones and the Kotmale project, which were parts of WB, IMF and WTOs neo-liberal restructural adjustment policies in Sri Lanka and around the world. The project investigates the relationship between capitalism and gender; counter hegemonic narratives; and strategies to affect social change.

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  4. Anticapitalist Feminist Struggle, and Transnational Solidarity (77 min, 2007/2011) is based on an interview with Chandra Talpade Mohanty, March 2007.

    The video investigates the relationship between neo-liberal capitalism and gender. At the same time the video explore possible feminist strategies to produce counter hegemonic narratives to affect social change. Chandra Talpade Mohanty is Professor of Women’s Studies and Dean’s Professor of Humanities at Syracuse University in NY.

    Interview video and editing: Jesper Nordahl.

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  5. Crazy Girls
    (8.25 min. Jesper Nordahl 2001)

    The Crazy Girls, Annija, Katrina and Agnese dance through neglected streets singing songs you'll be familiar with. Oblivious to their surroundings, they try to concentrate on the beat and tempo of the music as they dance towards the camera. But the Crazy Girls are not the latest girl band, but three ten year olds from Karosta, a port suburb of Liepaja, Latvia. The interview and film by Swedish artist Jesper Nordahl adds to their armoury of girl band accoutrements - they have the group, the music, the choreographer - the dream is once more reaffirmed. They are passing their time playing-out the same harmless dream that occupies many children their age, to be like the famous people most similar to them, in this case Britney Spears and A-teens, a Swedish Abba cover band.

    The competition between the trio is good-natured and charming to watch; Agnese is the leader, most opinionated and setting the pace of the dancing and talk, Annija and Katrina are twins, Annija being the least confident or interested, having her dancing impeded by the ghetto-blaster she has to carry as they dance through the streets.

    One can surmise something of their lives from what surrounds them, a mixture of broken Russia and broken USSR, the modern and the orthodox equally neglected within a damaged Latvia. Between 1890 and 1994 Karosta fell under the rule of Russia, the Soviet Union, Germany and Latvia; each leaving their mark on the architecture and people. In the film the girls dance past 1980s housing, Stalinist era buildings and the Orthodox cathedral built by Tsar Nicolai II. When Latvia gained it's independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, and the Latvian nation was re-established, ninety percent of Karosta's population became aliens (non-citizen inhabitants) as they were considered, even if Latvian born, ethnic Russians.

    The film is now three years old, and one wonders if the trio are still together. Now teenagers, Annija, Katrina and Agnese should be one of the first generations to experience the mixed blessings of Latvia being a full-member of the European Union, yet if they are aliens in their country of birth what will the future hold for them then?

    (text: Lesley Young, 2004. Lesley Young is a writer and curator based in Malmö and Edinburgh.)

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