Percujam Film: Autistic Artists Firing

It is said that music is a universal language. With their energy and talent, Percujam’s autistic artists erase the differences. In almost ten years, they have chained concerts and made a name for themselves on the French and European music scene. Through their touching and committed texts, they claim to be artists before being autistic. A documentary, shot over five years, theatrically on April 4, 2018, plunges us into the atypical and colorful universe of this group like no other.

A film in immersion

” I’m not a bell, there is in my noggin even if sometimes I pick up. Explaining disability and encouraging the public to change their eyes is the message these artists bring. Between melancholy and pure joie de vivre, it is difficult to classify Percujam in a particular musical universe. Talented, the group writes and composes each of its titles. To experience this incredible adventure from the inside, Alexandre Masséna, director, decided to follow the daily life of these young artists and their educators. During 1:30, the spectator is invited to accompany them on the roads, in concert but also within their establishment, Alternote. It is by chance that the director finds himself one day to attend one of the repetitions of the group. ” I stayed close to twenty minutes in a musical session; I keep asking myself who the autistic are, “he says. Indeed, the osmosis between musicians is such that it is difficult, at first, to know who is disabled or not.

Authenticity and sincerity

Several media have already gone to meet Percujam ” but their images were systematically focused on OCD,” says the director. For him, the whole point of this film is to let the characters live so that ” people like me, who did not know anything about this handicap, can live with those who carry them. “This sense of closeness is felt throughout the film, and each of the personalities of the group has its place, without manipulation or staging. ” It was important for me to show that they have the same concerns as us,” assures Alexandre Masséna. Everything is there, their daily work to repeat the show, the moments of life, but also the uncertainties of each other. What is striking is the professionalism of this band of musicians. From the first notes, they transform themselves into real stage animals, with boundless energy and an ability to galvanize their audience.

With M or Calogero

Two years ago, on April 4, 2016, they gave an exceptional performance at the Olympia. A consecration for these musicians who play above all for their pleasure and that of their listeners. With three albums to their credit, they managed to catch the eye of renowned artists such as the group Tryo, they were the first part, M, Calogero, or Grand Corps Malade.

End of Life: A Campaign for Advance Directives – Succession, Heritage (9588)

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Handicap, accident, degenerative disease … When a person can no longer speak, his advance directives allow health professionals to know his last wishes. Yet, few people today are informed of the opportunity to write them and to designate a person of trust. This is why the Ministry of Health and the National Center for Palliative and End-of-Life Care are launching an information campaign to make ” knowledge of their rights more accessible “. His name: ” End of life, if we talked about it! “.

Writing methods

The HAS (High Authority for Health) provides the general public with a guide inviting reflection on the drafting of these guidelines. It provides information on their interests and objectives, gives advice on writing or keeping them, and provides information on their use by the medical profession. A template form is also provided to guide the editorial staff. The HAS also proposes a document on the person of trust, which explains its role, the criteria to choose it and the modalities to designate it.

Inform at the right time

Other tools are developed to facilitate the approach of health professionals and treating physicians, who play a vital role in informing patients about their rights and helping them to formulate their choices. A second guide has been published with this objective. It indicates, among other things, the best times to approach the subject and specifies that it is ” easier to evoke when the health of a person does not suggest a fatal outcome in the near future “.

A dedicated website has been created while civic meetings will be organized throughout France, the first being scheduled for 7 March 2017 in Bordeaux.

Bernardo Bertolucci: a work marked by politics and tainted by a troubled heritage

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The Italian director, who died on November 26 at the age of 77, had staged numerous films that examined the social and political struggles of his time, but always with an aesthetic approach. Remains the polemics around the “Last Tango in Paris”, his most famous film, which pursued him until the end of his life.

Bernardo Bertolucci lived between two fascisms, between their darkness. Born in 1941 in Parma, in the Italy of Mussolini, he died at the age of 77 in Rome, in the League of North and Matteo Salvini. Return of a black plague to which he once devoted burning works: the filmmaker has examined as a person the morbid flesh of fascism, his intimate convulsions as much as his external ravages.

In 1970, in The Conformist , one of his greatest films, he observed the contagion in the psyche of a bourgeois of the 1930s – impressive Jean-Louis Trintignant – gangrené of hatred and guilt, sick of the desire of to be in the rank, to repress all singularity. This almost organic psychoanalytical approach also irrigated 1900 , his great fresco, shot in 1976, devoted to the history of Italy, from the early twentieth century to the end of the Second World War. In this monument of cinema, a journey of two friends of childhood (Robert De Niro and Gerard Depardieu) that opposes everything, social origins, ideologies and personal destinies, Bernardo Bertolucci also observes the other side of the history of his country: that social struggles, working-class conditions, revolts and revolutions, for which he was the spokesperson and companion for a good part of his career, until the end of the 1970s. From Prima della rivoluzione , in 1964 In The Spider’s Strategy , in 1970, he questions his own commitment to the Communist Party, between fascination and disenchantment.

From this very political period, Bernardo Bertolucci never drew any film-file at the Costa-Gavras, always preferring aesthetics to speeches, confiding to a pictorial beauty, sensual and sophisticated – even if it were funereal – a substantial part of the demonstration. A way to privilege the mystery in each setting, each character, to favor the questions rather than the answers. This poet’s son, himself a writer and a great admirer of Federico Fellini, liked to repeat it: “Every film I shoot is for me a return to poetry. “

Gradually, from the 1980s, this fascination with form has however sometimes devoured the substance: we keep a more mixed memory of great decorative and exotic shows such as The Last Emperor (1987) or Little Buddha (1993). Costly and lustrous re-enactments, which appear as pale in comparison with his previous historical works, as Stolen Beauty , vaguely sulphurous in a Tuscan villa, seem fade compared to the transgressions of the Last Tango in Paris .

It’s the filmmaker’s big film, his most famous work, his 1972 sexual tragedy, which bore a dark testimony to another revolution of the time, that of manners. The black legend of this story of desire and destruction does not stop perpetuating itself. A convulsive, distraught and nihilistic closed session, between two lovers of chance, Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider, who devoured the young actress at the beginning of her career, as much as her character.

Radioactive Waste: Life with the Nuclear Heritage

The Mayak factory witnessed the first serious accident in the history of nuclear energy use. The inhabitants of the region are still struggling with the consequences.

Gilani Dambayev bought a car and invented supplies. Dozens of water cans have been dragged from his wine-red compact car into his brick house. Dozens of plastic bottles stand on the kitchen floorboards, a few hundred liters of drinking water. Until ten years ago, Gilani Dambajew was able to go shopping in the village shop.

Today the shop is empty, the windows are bricked up, the shop sign over the door is rusty. From other houses only remains of walls have remained. “Calm” is the life here in Musljumowo, says Dambayev, here in this still young, 65 kilometers north of the city of Chelyabinsk located desolation east of the Urals. Dambayev makes a joke: “The neighbors are alright,” he says.

The neighbors are gone. The fact that they have disappeared from Musljumowo is due to the Soviet Union’s careless handling of atomic bomb ingredients and wastes. It is located on the little river Tetscha, which connects the village with the “Mayak production network”, an old nuclear weapons factory 70 kilometers to the west. Mayak means lighthouse.

In the autumn of 1957, the first serious accident in the history of nuclear energy use occurred in Mayak. The nuclear arms race could now, after the announcement of Donald Trump, to terminate a 30-year valid disarmament agreement , return to the world. Russian President Putin just warned against it . For Gilani Dambayev it might sound like a threat.

No idea about radioactivity

The danger is not to be seen, heard or smelled. It can be measured. Anyone who stands on the bank of the Tetscha with a Geiger counter sees the numbers on the display skyrocket. The radiation is up to 60 times higher than the value considered legal by Russian health authorities. A few hours on the shore correspond to the radiation dose of an X-ray of the chest. The stay near the river is therefore prohibited.

Dambayev is 63 years old, he came from Chechnya to Musljumowo more than three decades ago. A small man with a mustache and accurately combed hair, his back always stretched. Dambayev is a trained dancer. As a guest worker, he built houses for collective farms in the region, until at the end of a summer he decided to stay because life in the Urals was “more pleasant” than in his old home, he says. He suspected nothing of the radiation. “We had no idea what radioactivity is.”

Dambajew serves tea and biscuits to his rare guests. Borschtsch and Salo, salted back bacon, are waiting in the fridge. A few greeting cards and family photos hang on the walls in the elongated room, which is the bedroom, dining and living room at the same time. Dambayev lives here with his wife. The five children of the couple, the youngest is 29 years old, live in Chelyabinsk.

From his house it is not far to the shore of the Tetscha. Dambayev only has to trudge down a small slope, only a few minutes, where the river gently slides past birches. When it’s warm, dragonflies are buzzing with water lilies and algae. Wind roams the reeds on the shore.

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Rising number of cancers

In the spring of 1948, the first Mayak reactor went into operation. For years, radioactive waste, mainly cesium-137 and strontium-90, was sent to the Tetscha. The river from which the inhabitants of the villages on its banks drew drinking water. People bathed in the river. In Musljumowo students in shallow places crossed the water on the way to school.

In many settlements, the number of cancer and leukemia cases increased , people had cardiovascular problems, suffered from radiation sickness, infertility and malformations. The authorities evacuated several villages in the mid-1950s, destroying houses to prevent their return. Muslyumovo was an exception, the people remained for the time being. It was only in 2007 that the residents began to move. Eight families still live in Musljumowo. They did not move because they were hoping for higher compensation, higher than what they were offered.

The Mayak plant continues to operate , serving for the treatment of nuclear waste and the production of “nuclear weapons components”, as formulated by plant management. Rosatom, the state-owned nuclear power company and Mayak operator, says that since 1956 no waste has been sent to the Tetscha. Environmentalists doubt this.

At the end of September 2017, European monitoring stations noted elevated radioactive ruthenium-106 levels. The trail led into the southern Ural. The Russian weather service Roshydromet recorded the highest concentration in a village not far from Mayak and Muslyumovo – 986 times above the value measured in the previous months. The Kremlin was ignorant. Rosatom announced that there had been “no incident and no breakdown”.

A commission is investigating the case

The German government writes in response to a request from the Greens in the Bundestag of “a nuclear accident of the third highest category on the international rating scale INES”. It must be a “serious nuclear accident” – the INES scale shows the incidents at Sellafield in the United Kingdom in 1957 and Three Mile Island in the United States in 1979 in the same category.

Moscow set up a commission of inquiry, supported by experts from France, Sweden, Finland, Norway and two experts from the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection. The Commission met twice in the Russian capital.

Florian Gering was one of the Germans who attended the sessions at the Institute of Nuclear Safety of the Russian Academy of Sciences. At the Federal Office for Radiation Protection, he heads the department Radiological Situation Picture. “The Commission has reviewed and evaluated all available data,” he says. “Unfortunately, it is still not possible to specify the exact location of the release.” The Russian side had cooperated, but there were no independent measurements of international researchers. To completely exclude a manipulation was not.

Gilani Dambayev wants to leave Muslyumovo for a long time. From a bedside table next to the bed he digs out documents. On one page the diagnoses of his years are listed on the Tetscha. Asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, fine motor disorders, chronic gallbladder inflammation, duodenal ulcer. A blood test that he did in 2014 showed eight times higher radiation levels of his organs.

Another investigation, drawn up by an expert panel in Chelyabinsk, which reports to the Russian Ministry of Health, confirmed that although the radiation levels of its organs were increased eightfold, the result was that this was not clearly due to the life of the Tetscha. But Dambayev wants the authorities to recognize him as a radiation victim. “I am a human,” he says, “I have rights.”

Protest letters to the president

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He calls for better medical care, higher compensation or just a new chance to leave the region. “Give me an apartment in Chelyabinsk!” Many who live in the polluted area, he says, have resigned themselves to their fate: “They are ready to die without a fight.” But he wrote letters of protest to the president and moved Court for claims as radiation victims. Without success.

Rustam Mukhamedyarov knows diagnoses like those of Dambayev. As an emergency doctor, he looks after nearly 9,000 people in the surrounding area. Striking, he says, are the many cases of gastric, laryngeal or lung cancer that he has to treat. The number of sufferers increase.

The young doctor, plaid shirt, brown eyes behind narrow glasses, was born in 1982 in Musljumowo and grew up there. As a child, he swam in the Tetscha. Sometimes policemen came by and forbade local residents to approach the river. Why, they would not have explained. The villagers collected berries and mushrooms, caught in the Tetscha. They drank the milk of cows drinking from the river.

Today he lives in Russkaja Tetscha, a village just under 60 kilometers down the river, where the radiation is lower. Mukhamedjarov earns a salary of 12,000 rubles a month, barely 160 euros, so he can not afford to move away with his family.

Relocation or take money?

In 1993, the Soviet Union was history, Russia’s first president Boris Yeltsin traveled to Muslyumovo. “Only then did we learn that the Tetscha was contaminated,” recalls Dambayev. Yeltsin announced the relocation of the place, but for a long time nothing happened.

When Rosatom and the regional administration finally relocated the villagers in 2007, Dambayev was able to choose between a house in Nowomusljumowo, a newly established settlement, or the payment of one million rubles – almost 30,000 euros.

Dambayev’s neighbors live there today, less than three kilometers from the old village – and thus hardly further from the Tetscha than before. There is a grocery store and a school, a hairdresser and a bank branch. A memorial commemorating the Soviet victory in World War II stands in front of the local administration, together they form something of a center.

All around, houses of identical design line up: one or two stories high, red pitched roof, yellow corrugated iron facade. In their simple design they are not made for the harsh winters in the Urals, people here say.

More serious is another problem: In the soil, environmentalists have measured high radon levels. In the middle of the village, a billboard stands out in the sky: “Nowomusljumowo is our home – keep it in order”.

Pressure by the police

Dambayev says that for the house where he lives with his wife, he would actually be entitled to two million rubles. After all, it consists of two residential units. In the end, he says, the authorities claimed that he did not want to move at all. So Dambayev stayed in a house that he says he wants to leave. “I do not get anything,” he says. “Rosatom cheated on us!”

Mukhamedjarov, the doctor, knows the fight against authorities and those responsible. He himself was for a time a deputy of the village administration of his new home Russkaja Tetscha. Together with other activists, four years ago he called together the inhabitants of neighboring villages, who, in his view, were also threatened by the radiation on the river. The goal: They also wanted to demand a relocation from Rosatom and the regional administration. It came differently.

Pujol Ferrusola hid his money and heritage when he was discovered

Jordi Pujol Ferrusola hid his money and assets when the investigations about his fortune began and he sent the funds to Mexico, according to the court order authorizing the registration of the room of his parents’ house where he was sleeping. The magistrate of La Mata has ordered the seizure of his current accounts and his credit cards.

In the cited order of entry and registration, the magistrate of La Mata, head of the central court 5 of the National Court, ensures that the first-born of the Pujol Ferrusola family made “a progressive process of decapitalization of all its assets that could be attributed to “, and all knowing that they had begun their police and judicial investigations on their business. In addition, the judge describes the mechanism of what he defines as money laundering: he bought a company in Panama, transferred his balances to accounts of this firm in Andorra and then transferred all the money to Mexico, the last installment he justified with a loan that the judge believes nonexistent. Total: six million euros evaded. There was also another decapitalization formula: he transferred part of his estate to his ex-wife, Mercè Gironés, pretending to sell a property on Ganduxer Street, and in the middle of a judicial investigation a donation appeared to his daughter to hide the operation.

The judge also accuses him directly of having “clearly disregarded the truth in his statements in court where he denied having accounts in various places, which the documentation has shown that he did have.”

The mechanisms used by Pujol Ferrusola to evade money from Spain and move it through different countries, some tax havens, others with lax laws, and finally repatriate it in part are of particular relevance in the judicial dossier that is accumulating in the process of the central court. . The origin of these funds are, according to the car, the illegal commissions, which the police figure at 11,530,004 euros.

For the concealment of funds, always following the line of argument of the judge’s order, plays an important role an English company Brantridge Holdings LTD, “an instrumental company put at the service of Jordi Pujol Ferrusola by English trustee Arthur Rainford Towning”. This firm had offices in the United Kingdom, the United States and Liechtenstein, where the money of the alleged commissions was circulated, which was then repatriated to Spain in part to disguise its origin.

On the other hand, Judge José de la Mata ordered the seizure of current accounts and credit cards of Jordi Pujol Ferrusola and his ex-wife, Mercè Gironés, who is also charged in this case, as well as his father, his mother And his brother. The current address of Gironès was also registered the same day as that of Pujol Ferrosula.

TSJCV confirms the cancellation of an agreement of the City Council that allocated Land Heritage to Tabacalera

The first section of the Contentious-Administrative Chamber of the Superior Court of Justice of the Comunitat Valenciana (TSJCV) has confirmed an earlier ruling that annulled an agreement of the Valencia City Council in 2010 for which funds from the Municipal Land Heritage were allocated to the rehabilitation project of the Tabacalera, the Plaza Redonda and the Mercado Central instead of the promotion of public housing.

Thus, the Valencian high court dismisses the appeal filed by the municipal corporation against a resolution of the court of contentious administrative number 4 of Valencia -date in June 2010-, which, in turn, estimated the allegations made by the group municipal socialist against the decision approved in a municipal plenary of 2008, relating to the second modification of the budget of extraordinary credits and credit supplements for that year for an amount of 22,387,447 euros of which 7.8 million from the Municipal Heritage of the Soil was allocated to the rehabilitation project of the Tabacalera, instead of to the promotion of public housing. In that sentence, the court considered the agreement “contrary to law”.

Now, the TSJ ratifies that decision to consider that, “as it well reasons the sentence appealed, the City Council has not proved that in 2008, year in which it was processed and dictated the plenary agreement, the demand for public protection housing in the municipality was satisfied. “

“As a result – concludes – the City Council agreement of May 30, 2008, which decided to apply the resources generated by the sale of municipal land assets to municipal projects other than public protection housing – specifically, first to rehabilitation and adaptation of La Tobacco, second to the special plan of the Plaza Redonda, and third, to the rehabilitation of the Central Market – is contrary to law.

After knowing this judicial decision, the socialist councilor in the Valencian consistory Vicent Sarriá has said that the management of the mayor, Rita Barberá, “has been characterized by the waste of public resources, the bad practices that maintain urbanism in our city under Suspicion and the waste of the municipal heritage of land where it has acted with the authoritarianism and arrogance that characterizes it permanently violating the law in an exercise of intolerable insubordination “.

In this sense, the mayor recalls, through a statement, that the City “accumulates hundreds of judgments against him for not following the legal procedures that should prevail in a democratic government.”

“In these 23 years of municipal government have been auctions of land from the municipal heritage of land (as in the Avenue of France where they were entered more than 18 million euros) or has been delivered to developers the soil from of the surplus municipal use, and all these revenues that could exceed 50 million euros, have been allocated in the vast majority of cases to other purposes than the promotion and rehabilitation of public housing, which highlights the waste and the nefarious management of the mayor, “says Sarrià.

In the same line the socialist representative points out that the City Council “has also lost sentences for violating urban regulations, the law of public administration contracts, competition and public information, do not apply environmental regulations or justify changes in planning” .

“The mayor accumulates more than a hundred sentences for his authoritarian way of governing that leads him to belittle the legal basis, which means for our city to suspend democratic credibility” said Sarrià, who recalled that many of these sentences are for violate the urban and environmental regulations, such as the planning and adjudications of the urbanizable sectors of Orriols; Patraix and Massarrojos Nord; those of urban land in Camino de Moncada; Guillem de Anglesola or Pedro Cabanes in Torrefiel; Font de Sant Lluis; the change of sectorization in Quatre Carreres or approve the requalification of the sports floor of Cortes Valencianas without the approval of the Generalitat.

“Poor democratic management”

Sarrià adds that “the deficient democratic management of the mayor in its permanent conflict with the application of the urban and patrimonial regulations is well known in the Supreme Court mainly by the Cabanyal that culminated with the declaration of plundering and by the tobacco company, forcing the TSJCV to review his sentence, to destroy the side and rear naves of the building violating their patrimonial protection, or justify the urban agreement that allowed a waste of public property.

Finally, the socialist councilor hopes that this sentence of

Tsjcv ” is fulfilled immediately in all its terms and the 2008 plenary agreement is modified, allocating 7.8 million euros to the promotion of public housing in the city, thus guaranteeing the repeated judgments of the Supreme Court that endorse this criterion as permanent feedback of the municipal heritage of the land, to guarantee the constitutional commitment of citizens’ access to housing “.

Otherwise, said Sarrià, the Municipal Socialist Group will ask the Court of Contentious Administrative No. 4 that issued judgment 298/10 of June 21, now ratified by the Chamber of Contentious Administrative of the TSJCV, the incident of execution of judgment.