Films and moving images are becoming more and more important in the fast-evolving technology of political persuasion. The plummeting costs of cameras and editing equipment has created opportunities for ‘alternative’ operations to do things which until recently were open only to the established big players.
A number of nationalist groups are already using the new technologies and their potential very well, so it is important to spread these capabilities so that they can be used effectively by even more patriots as part of our ongoing drive to engage more people – especially the young – with the politics of our vision of Europe.
So we are pleased to report that the foundation Europa Terra Nostra, led by its President Dan Eriksson, organised last weekend a two-day film workshop in Berlin. Participants were taught essential techniques, methods and skills by a number of course instructors. The weekend included practical exercises in the production of several test films, all themed on aspects of today’s Europe.
Dan Eriksson described the aims of the workshop: “If young people with critical minds want to be involved in shaping the future of their continent Europe, they have to learn to use modern methods and techniques to effectively take part in public discourses concerning their affairs. Starting from that point we have taken an important step towards fulfilling our duty towards the political culture of Europe this weekend.”
The seminar was mainly led by Jörg Hähnel, who has many years of experience in this subject area and is responsible for the technical implementation of the very successful DS-TV media project. Jörg is very knowledgeable about what aspects of vital importance in matters such creating the plot and a story board, finding the location, lightning and other practical matters and how to bring all these skills together to create effective and appealing films. The whole process of film-making was thus covered, from conception of the initial idea through planning to filming, editing and uploading.
Chief-Instructor Jörg Hähnel stated as a summary of the workshop: “In an information society it´s important for democracy that, within the process of opinion-forming, all groups are able to face each other on a level playing field, in order to avoid lopsidedness and hence the danger of manipulation.
“Looking at this workshop from this perspective I think we have made a useful contribution to encouraging and sustaining effective diversity of opinion in European politics. In this sense it is desirable that political messages dissenting from the ‘mainstream’ can be viewed by a steadily widening audience. The more the European Establishment is challenged by numerous alternative TV-media projects the better will be the results of decision making. I´m quite sure about this!”
Like the Alliance for Peace and Freedom, the foundation Europa Terra Nostra is committed to practical efforts to raise the effectiveness of radical nationalists and young people newly involved in the political process as part of our struggle for a democratic Europe that is true to the traditional values of our nations and our continent.