11/25/09 - 2:02am
by Chas Danner
 

Long Live the Muppets

This new Muppet Studio channel is as of right now the reason YouTube was invented.

08/14/09 - 1:24pm
by Chas Danner
 

Great Idea

People recording their own mock-confessions to ridicule the “confessions” from protesters Iranian State TV likes to broadcast.

See more here:
http://watchmeconfess.wordpress.com/videoconfessions/

07/16/09 - 10:09am
by Chas Danner
 

Poem for The Rooftops Suite

A fourth poem has been added to the suite! It was recorded the night of June 21st and has only recently emerged. I once again had the help of some wonderful Iranian’s to help me translate, after which I titled it: “Let Us Not Forget”  And even though it has been a few weeks since it was recorded it’s still very compelling and quite relevant to what we’ve seen this week. (Read this for some more background on the other poem videos) So without further ado – I’m excited to announce that here are all four Poems for the Rooftops of Iran together for the first time – and there may even be a fifth (and definitely final this time)

Click here to jump right to the new one, or head down and browse all four in chronological order…

THERE'S MORE…..click.here…………

07/16/09 - 2:55am
by Chas Danner
 

The Sohrab Effect

Perhaps there are no protests in the streets during the day, or at least none that we are able to see. But where Sohrab lived people were apparently in the streets last night singing and chanting.

There are multiple reports that there as many as a hundred or more bodies still in the morgues of Tehran, which means hundreds of family members still don’t know if their loved one is alive or dead, their pressurized worry and confusion undoubtedly now close to breach. When the bodies are identified there could be hundreds of small funerals, hundreds of unforgettable speeches by livid and distraught mothers, hundreds of neighborhood blocks where candles are lit and chanting comes down from the rooftops to the street.

What started with Neda at her moment of death will now continue one by one with each hidden-away corpse, each family in a government office with a stack of gruesome photographs, each unstoppable mother in grief, each living snapshot of each dead child on a poster, a blog, a foreign newspaper…. one by one the logs of revolution are buried under the nervous eyes of plainclothes officers, yet still they are set ablaze. There is a reason genocidal killers use mass graves; it is how you remove the emotional ammunition provided by the mourning of individuals. In a place like Iran, even by word of mouth, even without the funerals themselves… each death has its consequence. Imagine hundreds of these videos exploding onto YouTube in the coming weeks….

How can they stop them all?

07/13/09 - 11:00pm
by Chas Danner
 

Sohrab

Sohrab AarabiTwo videos to see regarding Sohrab Aarabi’s death. The first is a long movie I made today compiling the 5 videos I have so far seen of his funeral, as well as the prior video of his mother outside Evin Prison inquiring about his whereabouts when she had not yet learned of his death. I added some still images and some textual explanations so that the narrative makes a little more sense. You can watch it here. (download here)

This kind of compilation is something I am going to try to do more of, focusing not on adding music or anything hyper-dramatic but just combining footage together so it takes less effort for the average person to see more footage and understand it better. I will add text where it seems appropriate and do my best to confirm that anything that gets written is accurate.

In addition a video of Sohrab’s candlelit neighborhood that has emerged is here. I included this video in the July 13th entry for the Rooftop Project.

07/12/09 - 5:04am
by Chas Danner
 

New Footage from 6/13

Sad to say there have been no new rooftop videos from the last two nights for the Project, but I did find this remarkable video from June 13th, the first recording of Allah-o Akbar chants to be emerge from that night (the day after the election). It has very clear English narration from what sounds like an American visiting family there. It is one of the clearest “short stories” any of these videos has told. Unique and intense new footage.

Special thanks to YouTube user Videosfromiran who helped me find the original video. The other versions on YouTube have audio sync problems so I re-uploaded the corrected version

07/10/09 - 7:10pm
by Chas Danner
 

Poem for the Rooftops Suite

Lost in the 24 hour struggle to launch The Rooftop Project was the news that I had finished the first and final Poem for the Rooftops of Iran by YouTube user Oldouz84. I titled it Defenseless People. While it is already featured as the June 16th entry on The Rooftop Project, here it is again by itself so it gets the extra special attention it deserves. As with the June 20th video, I had the help of several Farsi speakers who’s translations I have woven together. Below the jump are the other two “Poems” so that all three are now viewable together for the first time. Also, you should know that “Oldouz84″ did not write these in advance but rather invented them spontaneously in the moment each time, something I find remarkable.

Three weeks ago I’m embarrassed to admit I could not have pointed to Tehran on a map. Now I have mastered highly focused YouTube searches in written Farsi and yesterday even got the point where I took issue with the New York Times for doubting the date of a video I had uploaded. (Like a geometry proof, I cited location, crowd makeup, and careful analysis of hundreds of other videos)

Since June 18th when I opened my YouTube account, my uploaded videos have received a combined 468,554 views. Most of these clips I found in other places and converted to YouTube so they would easier for Nico @ HuffPo to share. Almost all of them show terrible violence that I feel absolutely no pride in associating myself with. But of the footage to make it out from Iran, and I have seen almost all of it, I believe these “Poems” are the most important. Violence may have an easier time capturing our attention, but art is always more powerful at providing the resonance we need to understand and remember. These three videos capture the beating heart of this moment in Iran, and I feel truly fortunate to have been able to play any small part in making sure they are more fully seen.

7/12 UPDATE: There is a fourth video from June 22nd! Coming soon!!



THERE'S MORE…..click.here…………

07/10/09 - 7:46am
by Chas Danner
 

Iran: The Rooftop Project

One of the most compelling elements of the continued uprising in Iran has been when each night under the cover of darkness Iranians chant themselves hoarse from the rooftops, balconies, and windows of their homes. This is done to express resolve, hope, frustration, but probably more than anything else – to provide a way for people to be together, in spirit and in their cause. As long as their voices echo through each night, Iran is not yet free. It is the soundtrack of revolution.

This is meant to be the most complete possible collection of recordings of nighttime protest in Iran since the beginning of the uprising. Its goal is to locate and profile at least one video for each night primarily focusing on the nightly chanting of Allah-o-Akbar from the rooftops whenever that footage is available. Some of these videos have not been widely seen until now. I will continue to update this post with new videos as they become available, please encourage people in Iran to try to record these evening chants of Allah-o-Akbar so that the world can continue to see and hear them every day. There are several days for which I was unable to find a video – please help me find them! – you can email me at itsmightier@gmail.com – I can post the videos anonymously under my YouTube account if needed. The permalink for this post will be http://mightierthan.com/rooftop

This project is dedicated to “Oldouz84″

تکمیل‌ترین جمع ضبط شبهای ایران از آغاز شلوقیها. روز با روز با سعی‌ اولیه از نشون دادن الله اکبر از پشتبونها. بعضی‌ از اینها بطور زیاد تا باحال دیده نشدن. من با رسیدن ویدئوهای جدید این سایت رو ادامه میدم. لطفا از ایرانیان خواهش کنید که همچنان ادامه ضبط الله اکبر در شبها باشند که تمام دنیا شاهد روزانه این فعلیتها باشند. چند روز بود که ویدئو گیر نیاوردم اگر دستتن اومد به من ایمیل بزنین
و اگر مخواهید میتوانم زیر اسم ناشناس برییتون آپلود کنم.

“Oldouz84″ این رو اهدا می‌کنم به
Balatarin Link

THERE'S MORE…..click.here…………