newest videos

  • Whose Promised Land?

    Whose Promised Land?

    In 2009, the first Media Burn video blog showcased The West Bank: Whose Promised Land?, a thirty minute documentary from 1983 by Israeli-born New York videomaker Esti Galili Marpet. With the frightening daily escalation of conflict in that region, we wanted to look again at ordinary Israelis and Palestinians who each claim ancestral ownership of the West Bank. In a way, our blog has become an archive of its own, no less poignant five years later.   WEST BANK: WHOSE … Continue reading

  • Is soccer un-American?

    Is soccer un-American?

    Today, tens of thousands of Americans filled up places like Soldier Field in Chicago to watch the USA team in a World Cup Soccer game (futbol match). It wasn’t always like that. Until the 1980s, soccer was on the way back burner and FOOTBALL was king. The US has played in the World Cup continuously only since 1990. Some resent its growth. This week, controversial conservative columnist Ann Coulter called soccer “foreign…like the metric system…and it’s not catching on,” basing … Continue reading

  • Kennedy Women: Construction workers on the Kennedy Expressway, 1993

    Kennedy Women: Construction workers on the Kennedy Expressway, 1993

    Construction season is upon us again, and the Kennedy Expressway is about to get hit with some serious lane closures over the next few weekends, with the first round starting this evening. It’s part of the project to replace Ontario Street Bridge, and it’s expected to cause major traffic disruptions. The frustration of road construction is nothing new to Chicagoans, but we often don’t spend much time thinking about the people on the other side of the orange cones. That’s … Continue reading

  • Tom Geoghegan interview

    Interviewed by Tony Judge Continue reading

  • Web Marketplace ’96

    trade show Continue reading

  • Farm Wives

    Camera original interviews with farm wives. Continue reading

  • [Operation Rescue: Tape 1]

    02:17 Jim Anderson, an Operation Rescue coordinator, addresses a congregation in Minneapolis. “Our hearts are pure and right, and our motives are pure and right.” 06:28 Christian protesters gather outside of an abortion clinic. 16:40 Reverend Keith Tucci delivers a sermon to the congregation. 18:08 Tucci believes that fundamentalist movements are under attack, and that increasing censorship of their ideas is a punishment from God for not speaking out. “We’re not fighting a social problem. Child-killing is not a social … Continue reading

  • Beijing Journal (Tiananmen Square, 1989)

    Beijing Journal (Tiananmen Square, 1989)

    25 years ago today, the protests in Tiananmen Square turned into a massacre as China’s own military turned against the protesting citizens, resulting in hundreds of civilian deaths. The struggle for democracy was summarily crushed, and in the months and years that followed, the Chinese government further strengthened its position and tightened restrictions in the country. In memory of that grave day, we present the tape “Beijing Journal,” which was recorded over the course of a few months in the … Continue reading