“Finally we’ve risen up.”
Voices of the growing movement against corporate greed are heard in the opening scenes of a short documentary entitled “Nobody Can Predict the Moment of Revolution.” Shot during the fifth and sixth days of the “Occupy Wall Street” protests, the film was made by Iva Radivajevic and Martyna Starosta.
On her site, Radivajevic urges “likeminded people” to get involved in the movement to “make the voices of dissent circulate.” “The idea to occupy the financial district in New York City was inspired by recent uprisings in Spain, Greece, Egypt, and Tunisia which most of us were following online,” she writes.
The beautifully-shot short film documents the faces of Occupy Wall Street and the inner workings of the camp set up at Zuccotti Park, from the makeshift media stations of protestors gathered with laptops, to the use of the human microphone to spread their message—in which the crowd near the speaker chants out every few words so that the rest of the group may hear their message.
Participants of the protests are filmed explaining their reasons for getting involved, sharing bits of their personal stories. While no one seems too specific with their demands or proposed solutions, their frustrations and desire for change are loud and clear.
“Spain, Egypt—you know, is the dynamics, is the time right? Is it the right moment? Is the zeitgeist there? None of these things we can predict,” says one protester. “We’ve seen what happens when people protest and come out and march around for a day. This is an opportunity, maybe, for a new style, for a new shift in power and the way that people relate to each other. […] Like I say, we’re f***ed either way, but it’s worth a shot.”