My disaster capitalism documentary needs your support

Today I’m proud to announce the launch of a Kickstarter campaign with New York-based film-maker Thor Neureiter. Here’s the trailer:

We need to raise US$20,000 in one month to continue shooting footage in Haiti, Papua New Guinea and Afghanistan. All the details about the project are here. Please tell your friends, family, lovers, enemies and everybody else about this independently supported project. It continues the journey, in film form, of my new book, Profits of Doom.

UPDATE: I’m happy to announce that the film has been successfully funded (on 20 September 2013). Stay tuned.

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ABC Radio National documentary about the Gaza Freedom March and Jewish identity

Last December I attended the Gaza Freedom March in Cairo to highlight the plight of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

For the last months I’ve worked on a radio documentary feature for ABC Radio National’s 360 program, the country’s finest space for long-form radio work. Alongside co-producer Sharon Davis and sound engineer Timothy Nicastri, we aimed to create an essay that discussed both the event itself and wider issues about Zionism and Judaism. My photographs from Gaza and Cairo are also published.

Here’s the blurb for the show:

Best-selling author Antony Loewenstein joins the Gaza Freedom March in Cairo to test his ideas about dissent and Jewish identity.

Antony was one of 1,400 activists who met in Cairo to protest against the Israeli siege on the Gaza strip, but their plans were thwarted by the Egyptian government.

Antony has spent a number of years publicly challenging the actions of Israel. For these attitudes he’s been called a ‘self-hating Jew’ and an ‘anti-Semite’.

In A Different Kind of Jew Antony examines the role of Judaism in the modern age and the religion’s relationship to the contested Israeli/Palestinian conflict.