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911:

The power of 20 years of propaganda

How can it be that a man like Spike Lee believed so strongly that New York's Twin Towers and Building 7 were taken down with explosives that he wanted to spend the last 30 minutes of his documentary series exploring, if not defending, such a view?
911:

Do the right thing


Spike Lee: NYC EPICENTERS 911-> 2021½
Spike Lee's documentary series, which now airs on HBONordic, is a comprehensive depiction of New York – interspersed with memories, stories and insights from eyewitnesses to the city's largest terrorist attack.
RACE THEORY:

African-American thinking and critical racial studies


Melvin L. Rogers, Heather McGhee: African American Political Thought; A Collected History, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together
In the United States, Republicans ban the study of racism. In Denmark, the Folketing has decided that the universities are «European». Viktor Orbán in Hungary had gender studies removed, and in Poland, social anthropology has become a favorite object of hatred. In Norway, the government sets up a commission due to fears of debate about "racist structures". The Norwegian public has copied this right-wing narrative from the United States – the notion that critical race theory, ie academic knowledge, should be a "societal problem". The background is an African-American intellectual heritage that began with the thinker Phillis Wheatley over 200 years ago.
ECO FILM:

Grief is how we feel – when a loss is a fact (watch the movie here)


Andrea Culková: Žal Žen (Grief / Sorg)
Extinction Rebellion is a fast-growing protest movement. They are in favor of transforming the love of nature and the rage over politicians' passivity into collective action. But what about the political potential of grief?

THE DEPARTMENTAL HEART – "It is a real pleasure for me to deny them access"


Maria Rosvoll: Zolo Karoli
Anti-Gypsyism is the latest yet widespread form of racism, directed at the Roma. Maria Rosvoll's Zolo Karoli is a feat of a book.
ANARCHISM:

To mobilize against today's totalitarian states, neoliberal ideologues and oligarchs


Lars Movin: William S. Burroughs. From cut-ups to shotgun paintings
A recurring theme in William S. Burroughs is control and addiction, art, (quasi-science) and critique of ideology and civilization. This book is an emergence of anecdotes and funny stories.
ENVIRONMENT:

Europe as a green superpower?


Bjarke Møller: The politics of hope
As a political project, the nations of Europe have failed to find common ground. Can the local and regional based on several "pacts" form the framework for a perspective – which will contribute to the development of a new paradigm?
COVID-19:

The pandemic and its societal implications


Renata Avila and Srećko Horvat: Everything Must Change! The World After Covid-19
In a newly published interview anthology about the pandemic, Roger Waters says that war and climate change are killing us faster than anything else, but the breathing pause that began in March 2020 may still open up other alternatives. At the same time, the entire anthology presupposes digital technology – for which we can all be grateful.
CHRONICLE:

Extreme weather, loss of topsoil, crops and possible resource disputes

The Storting election must be a climate election. How about allocating one extra percent of the national budget to climate measures in developing countries?
CLIMATE:

The three ecologies

What does the city of Siracusa have in common with the UN and a French philosopher?
BRUCE MAU:

Massive change

How about looking back over 30 years, to be able to see and act into the future?
DEATH:

An excommunication of the dead and death?

Via the philosopher Jean Baudrillard, can we, with today's pandemic, expose the symbolic meaning of death, the one that is otherwise difficult to spot?
PHOTO:

What I'm talking about when I talk about pictures

I took the gaze of anthropology into the camera lens, it became my optics. The experience of several years in San Francisco, or the experience of having a little brother with schizophrenia – what does that mean for the pictures?

MODERN TIMES: The ecocentric human being

NATO:

At NATO's disposal

 During the NATO exercise Good Heart, the "enemy" were striking workers and named Norwegian organizations.
ORIENTERING NO. 22 1971:

The Paris Commune became a model and inspiration for socialists from Marx to the present day

: We bring here another part of Einhart Lorenz's article about the Paris Commune.
GREEN POLICY:

"A kind of solidarity anarchism will constitute a marked showdown with the parliamentary fixation to which the left has been subject for far too long."

The leader of the Danish party Frie Grønne, Sikandar Siddique, asks MODERN TIMES: «What good is it that there is 'a good atmosphere on the train' if we all on the train are heading towards the abyss? Those of us in the North who "sit on the pig" must find their way out of the consumer hamster wheel.
MIDDLE EAST:

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is cutting international cooperation

What significance does it have that the authorities have cut cultural support to a number of Norwegian actors working internationally? For example, Kirkelig Kulturverksted i Midtøsten?
SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGIST:

Freedom, equality and sisterhood

With topics such as forced marriage, child marriage, rape and honor killings, Professor Unni Wikan has studied people all her life, but not least – the Muslim. She has had to avoid that.
NAWAL EL-SAADAWI:

Nawal El-Saadawi – in memorandum

A conversation about freedom, freedom of speech, democracy and elites in Egypt.
DOCUMENTARY:

20 years after September 11


Dylan Avery: SEVEN
A research team in Alaska has via research and new computer-simulated models concluded that the NIST report on 11 September has been incorrect. Something for NRK?
CANNES:

Continuation rather than replay


Joachim Trier: The world's worst man
With The World's Worst Man, Joachim Trier has very possibly made his best film to date. And it is more than just the capital that connects it to Reprise and Oslo, 31 August.
JULY 22ND:

The trauma story


Aslaug Holm, Sigve Endresen: Generation Utøya
Utøya as a hotbed for budding party affiliation: This generation still cannot be gagged.
JULY 22ND:

An investigative contemporary image of July 22


Tommy Gulliksen: The legacy of July 22
Tommy Gulliksen's second documentary about July 22 shows a vulnerability that is both reflective, wondering and sincerely honest.
THE OSLO AGREEMENT:

It wasted hope


Bartlett Sher, screenwriter: JT Rogers: Oslo
The escalating conflict between Israel and the Palestinians reminds us again that the Oslo agreement in 1993 did not lead to peace. And thus the HBO film Oslo almost feels like naive escapism.
THE PHOTOGRAPHER:

"I do not see beauty in war, but there is beauty in everything"

Beauty, suffering, wealth, poverty, superficiality and raped children are different sides of the same coin, says photographer Marco Di Lauro, who spent a week with the Red Cross in Bergamo during the covid-19 outbreak.
PHOTO BOOK:

"What we want to say 'yes' to."


Kajsa Gullberg: The House of Mirror
Photographer Kajsa Gullberg is a Socrates light in the sex club. The photographs from the club are blurred and reddish.
PHOTO:

Virtual walks

The corona crisis has created new virtual galleries for photography. MODERN TIMES has visited several of them.