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photo: Bettina Cruz Velazquez (CNI, Asamblea de Pueblo des Istmo) with the "internationalist caravan for global justice and to mobilize against the G7 summit" at a rally at Schloss Elmau during the G7 summit: "I belong to an indigenous people from the south of Mexico, and we are here because we want to tell the G7 that they are not the masters of the world, but that they consider themselves the masters of the world because they have come here to decide our future!"
 

END OF VIOLENCE

Dispute Unite Sow and Fight

by Stella AC 

In this film  we demand the impossible and look out on the end of violence. The end of violence has happened, in the midst of barbarism, climate change, destruction and apocalypse. It is the dream that contains the reality of which we still lack the consciousness or the agency of making this reality the world, so as to renew the world as a whole and from below. The film negates the hegemony of answers that permeate the history of capitalism and patriarchy, including wars and climate change, and understands the frequently lamented conflict as a vital, underlying constant of an ongoing beginning and as a productive force of movement in a permanent, unfinished confrontation with the contradictions in the world. We meet in respect of our separateness in order to renew the world from below together. How can we break with the constantly forced constraints of capitalism and war in order to sow a different seed in this break?

To have to live with "nature" that has been made killable and usable draws attention to the manifold interwoven forms of life. Every day we observe how human and non-human subjects are exposed to the so-called material compulsion of profit logic and are displaced, extracted and destroyed from their complex networks and interconnectedness in the soil, air and water. At the same time, an unleashed militarization is driving the ever-increasing use of fossil fuels and is fatally linked to a decline in possible climate protection measures. The scenarios of war and climate catastrophe are unfolding before our eyes.

In End of Violence I explore the conditions that contain this dynamic and go in search of possible origins of climate change and the destruction of nature, because the way we conceptualize the origins of a crisis has a lot to do with how we intend to respond to that crisis.

The film is created with a multitude of voices of thinkers and fighters, warriors, researchers, teachers, writers in conversation and in their speeches, who dedicate (have dedicated) their work and their lives to a present in which the seeds of a practice and possible world liberated from the ecocide/genocide complex, from Eurocentric hegemonies of knowledge and thought, are also the seeds and the power of their daily lives. The encounters, recordings and interviews were made over several years in different places. While these people may have contentious differences in their ideas, theories and approaches, we find our connection in the struggle to renew the world from below. Activists and researchers of anti-colonial struggles here and there, women of the Kurdish autonomy movement, indigenous feminists from Abya Yala (South America), the Argentinian feminist movement Ni Una Menos, protests in Afghanistan, Nigeria, Namibia and Germany, as well as interviews with artists from Haiti, Congo and Morocco address struggles and reflections on political violence. The multitude of countries listed here is less intended to cause confusion than to illustrate the historically fixed line - patriarchy and capitalism - that forms the barrier in these struggles across distances.

End of Violence takes a view into a tangled web of life, woven by violence and struggles, barbaric distinctions, patriarchy, racism, capitalism and war, by knowledge and culture, undestroyable life and resisting societies, by tales and poetry, in which, despite all history, a permanent beginning is inherent. And so we remain, with our eyes immovably drawn to the end of violence.

Stella AC, February 24