Pumzi – A Review

Photos courtesy Inspired Minority Pictures and One Pictures
Photos courtesy Inspired Minority Pictures and One Pictures

Pumzi, which means “breath” in Swahili, is Kenya’s first sci-fi film. The short was first shown in the 2010 Sundance festival, as part of its New African Cinema program. Pumzi garnered much attention with its Afrofuturist design and narrative and unlike many other African sci-fi’s (looking at you District 9) the entire cast is made up of black Africans. The film is both written and directed by Wanuri Kahiu and is her second film. Continue reading “Pumzi – A Review”

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Unite Cat Adventure: The Trade Union Video Game

The seriousness of this article is disputed. The quality of Unite Cat Adventure is not.

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*UPDATE – level 2 is now available with guest appearance by Mandate Moose*

Unite Youth Dublin has never been one to shy away from innovative new fronts and today is no exception. To bring the glorious spirit of trade unionism to an entirely new audience; UY-DAG’s elite research unit has created the interactive video game: Unite Cat Adventure! Continue reading “Unite Cat Adventure: The Trade Union Video Game”

Irish Travellers And American Blindspots

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A community funded guest piece by Stephen Beirne that originally appeared on Normally Rascal on the 30th of June. If you enjoyed this article, please support Stephen Beirne writing by visiting his Patreon and becoming a patron. 

I’ve written several times in the past on what it’s like to be Irish in the midst of the loose amalgamation that is the culture of videogames. I’ve tried to emphasise my surprise and suspicion that comes in hearing an Irish voice, an Irish character, in a game, and my delight in finding something I feel sincerely speaks to Irish narratives or identities.

What little cultural background I gave usually came in the form of brief anecdotes about how little we see Irish folk in games, which of course is proportionate to the country’s contribution in the grand scheme of the industry. Through negligence I withheld the more substantial context of the lack of presence of Irish identities in media beyond that of only videogames. Since today I’m writing about ethnicity and whiteness and representation, and I’m writing from a perspective that I’m increasingly learning is distinct from the bulk of my peers, this context is kind of necessary. Continue reading “Irish Travellers And American Blindspots”

“Calm Down Dear” – A Look at the Language of Our Movement

A female Unite comrade speaks about the experiences that women activists face in leftist campaigning and trade-union involvement. We post this in the spirit of constructive criticism of our movement and in light of the fact that the majority of TU members are women, while our leaders and language are predominantly masculine.

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The use of language which perpetuates sexism has been well-documented since the 1960’s; be it as direct catcalling, harassment and derogatory slang, or the softer usage of masculinised words to degrade typically female professions (e.g. nurse to murse). This is still depressingly common in the experiences of the day-to-day lives of working women across the world. Within our movement, the role of such language in belittling women is well understood, whether you would consider yourself a feminist or not. Continue reading ““Calm Down Dear” – A Look at the Language of Our Movement”