"Subtitles in different languages are available on YouTube"
Industry 4.0 has revolutionized the labour market. At a time of deep economic crisis affecting the entire European continent, many companies use the latest technologies in everyone’s pockets to change the nature of employment.
Everything goes through an App: you can work there for years and never meet your superior. You interface only with your smartphone’s screen.
Riders are a recent but emerging reality. Every individual, especially young people entering the labour market for the first time, is free to choose how to approach the job and whether to take it as their main source of income or just as a way to make some extra money. Many associations have been set up with the purpose of standardizing these types of contracts and, most importantly, turning them into ordinary jobs with social security protections, rights and paid holiday.
The first chapter of the documentary illustrates this reality through the eyes and stories of the riders and their associations in Milan, Bologna, Berlin, Madrid, and other cities where this phenomenon is on the rise.
“Everything can change in the job market except the safety conditions and the dignity of the workers, whatever the type of platforms are used.”
Many young people are at the front of these initiatives either in their communities or organising through campaigns.
Rescue at sea, initial welcoming, solidarity for migrants in transit, education, integration into the labour market, and hosting families are all pieces of a large puzzle, held together thanks to the profound sense of solidarity that animates the hearts of thousands of European citizens.
Bottom-up activism, in these cases, seems to be one of the few instruments able to address the problems that come from political failure.
“What we see everyday in the Mediterranean is not a refugee crisis, it is a political crisis”
The main objectives of the activists on board the Transeuropa Caravans was increasing EU citizens’ awareness of the importance of the European Parliament elections in May 2019, the rights EU citizens must stand up and vote for, as well as the tools they have at their disposal to engage with European Institutions.
In this chapter we follow the Western and Central Eastern European routes of Transeuropa Caravans on the search for new forms of political engagement and youth mobilisation across Europe.
“With our trip we want to communicate that political participation does not begin and end in the polls, but takes place every day, in our neighborhoods, in our places of work, in our places of cultural gathering and in the streets.”
Since the beginning of 2019, thousands of students have skipped school to join marches demanding better protections of the globe’s fragile climate.
Banners reading “School strike for Climate '' and “Skipping school? No. We fight for our future”, have highlighted the marches
The global movement, known as Fridays For Future, demands an end to the age of fossil fuels and climate justice for everyone.
This chapter follows Greta Thunberg in her first visit to Rome and the direct action techniques of the Ende Gelande Stop Coal Movement in Lusatia.
“For too long, the politicians and the people in power have gotten away with not doing anything at all to fight the climate crisis and the ecological crisis. But we will make sure that they will not get away with it any longer.”
Throughout Europe, the spontaneous establishment of communities and associations focused on sports together with cooperation and togetherness represents an effective and efficient response to this urban issue. In the suburbs, local sports centres are a target of budget cuts and keep being replaced by huge high-end sport ‘megamalls’, too expensive and inaccessible to most people.
Community gyms are a practical and effective reaction to the problem, as well as being a driver for active citizenship. Through simple boxing or dance courses, people discover a new connection with their territory and new ways of social participation. They get involved, they organise, and they work together to build a service for their community, to make it a better place to live in.
"We have created a space in which young people come together to share not only our daily life but also social and community values. We have created an active local grassroot network that is much more than a simple sport center”