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A Week in the News: 7 Places We Think We Know, 7 News Stories We Think We Understand

Grace Ndiritu

UK, 2010
35 minutes, Colour, Silent
Available formats: DVD / Digibeta tape / SD Digital file

Site-specific video for video walls, airports, transport hubs, metro and subways, office lobbies, food communal areas and social education spaces.

A Week in the News examines how the global media has manipulated particular news stories to create specific stereotypes about certain places. It contrasts two styles of presenting news that have at their root two opposing value systems e.g. scrolling subtitles text reminiscent of mainstream news outlets like CNN, with a guerrilla news filmmaking style adopted by grassroots media organizations like Indymedia who provide up to the minute alternative news to the mainstream. Each video location presents true and false images and facts about that specific country.

SIGNIFICANT DATES LISTED ON THE VIDEO

SOUTH AFRICA: 9 JULY 2000
The day President Mbeki denied that HIV virus causes AIDS.

AFGHANISTAN 7 OCTOBER 2001
The day of the first US bomb strikes against the Taliban

DARFUR: 31 JANUARY 2005
The day the UN refused to describe Darfur crisis as a genocide

NEW ORLEANS: 1 SEPTEMBER 2005
The day after President George Bush Junior celebrated VJ day while Hurricane Katrina was destroying New Orleans.

TIBET: 30 SEPTEMBER 2006
The day of the Nangpa La Pass shootings when 18 Tibetans including children fleeing Tibet were shot by Chinese Border Security services

AUSTRALIA: 13 FEBRUARY 2008
The day Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologized for the mistreatment of Aboriginal peoples.

HAITI: 12 JANUARY 2010
The day a catastrophic earthquake killed over 100,000 people and left 2 million orphans in Haiti.