The Air We Breathe: Artists/Activists for Human Rights | Chicago Reader

The Air We Breathe: Artists/Activists for Human Rights

A double bill about community-based media activism. Greta Snider's evocative The Magic of Radio (2001) lives up to its title with blasts of radio sounds and montages of transmitters and antennas seen against the sky; footage of eccentric amateurs (like the one who bicycles through town carrying a portable transmitter) argues that this magic is accessible to all. Cindy Leaney's Walls for Change (2001), a more conventional documentary produced for Canadian TV, focuses on the mural movement in Northern Ireland and Los Angeles. Its advocates believe in art as “a tool for social change and self-transformation,” encouraging the excluded to find a voice through public wall-painting. 70 min.


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