The film, What Does It Mean to Be Young in Modern Europe? was created by the team of research center "Region" (Ulyanovsk, Russia), and Center for Youth Studies (St. Petersburg, Russia) for international European project MYPLACE (Memory, Youth, Political Legacy and Civic Engagement).
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The first part of the film called “Straight Age. Part 1: Anarchists” and it narrates about the anarchist movement in St. Petersburg. Anarchistic consolidations that arise in different parts of Europe tend to become the most radical protest movements both in Russia and in other countries. Tradition of secrecy, cultural isolation and radical forms of activism evokes an atmosphere of suspense around the anarchists. In this film we talk about the anarchists in the first person, showing their everyday life from the inside. The film covers a variety of current forms of modern anarchist scene: from anarchistic organizations to affinity groups and "chaots" and exposes different and sometimes contradictory logics of its participants – punks and straight edgers, activists and sympathizers, leaders and followers.
The film is a continuation of a case study of anarchists, which was conducted in the period from February 2012 up to February 2013. Fieldwork included interviewing, observations and collection of video/photo archive with recordings of punk/hardcore festivals, rehearsals, flats and other important locations and events.
The second part of the international documentary film “What does it mean to be young in Modern Europe?”: “Our former NASHI”
The youth movement “NASHI” (trans. – “Ours”) is one of the most visible and contradictory projects on the stage of youth politics. In 2005, on the wave of growing radicalism, Russian authorities decided to organize an active youth base under its own leadership. Provided with both financial and ideological support from the government, the movement was given the opportunity to realize diverse social, activist, and political projects. Today parts of this movement are trying to distance themselves from their NASHI origins. We bring to your attention a firsthand story about past and present of pro-Kremlin movements.
The third film of the international documentary series is about Portuguese youth protest movements against government. The film based on research provided by the Portuguese team – partners of MYPLACE project. The name of the film is – Precarious Inflexible.
Precários Inflexíveis was born as a social movement, with an aim of fighting labour market precariousness. Precarity, especially among youth, has been one major theme of debate in Portugal, and can be defined by the lack or inexistence of employment protection, or even a contract, along with the obligatory low wages. One of their main objectives is to “build a collective identity based on precarity”, so that people can begin to be aware of their status as precarious workers who are not alone in this situation. This group is also focused on fighting the Portuguese government’s austerity measures, which have exacerbated precarity and sustained mass youth unemployment, with the eventual objective of building a new social order.