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Ross Domoney

Ross Domoney is a freelance filmmaker and photographer based in the UK. His documentary work focuses on social/human right issues, modernization, character studies and the effects of political protest on cities, authorities and underground movements.

Ross studied at the London College of Communication, completing a degree in photojournalism and went on to study film making at the Metropolitan film school. He has won awards for his documentaries and photographs including the short cuts film festival in 2008. His work has been published by the Guardian, TimeOut  The Discovery channel, Channel 4 and The Wall Street Journal. Ross's film work has been played at the National Film and Television School, The British Film Insitute and Tampere Film Festival in Finland. 

Ross is a founding member of Aletheia Photos and is currently based in Athens working on a documentary.

Email: ross@aletheiaphotos.com   skype: ross.aletheia

Photo stories by Ross Domoney

 

A Tale of Two Citiesby Ross Domoney  

 

Brasov is considered to be one of Romania's most important cities. A place of utmost historical importance since the times of the medieval days. It is situated at the crossroads of the country's trade routes, which has always given it significant economic influence. 

Since Romania's violent revolution of 1989 it has continually grown as a cultural and economic centre. This growth makes Brasov today a modern cosmopolitan city in a diverse location, with beautiful architecture, modern shopping centers and intensive social as well as cultural activity. Central Brasov is a perfect example of how the European Union would like tourists to see Romania. However, not far from this merry colorful picture, there is another one: Grey and poverty ridden. A few kilometers away from Brasov town centre, an old man indicates the way to a Roma village. In Zizin, there is no trace of modernity or welfare.

 

British Nationalism - By Ross Domoney

The EDL (English Defence League) are a  protest group formed as a direct response to a much publicised protest held by Islamic Fundamentalists, which disrupted a homecoming parade held for returning British soldiers in Luton in March 2009. The Group which has tenuous ties to the BNP, and various football hooligan firms, denies it is a racist, fascist movement. Ross Domoney has been following the rapid rise of the EDL which has become a disturbing symbol of the power of grass roots movements.

 

Greece On Strike - By Ross Domoney

A documentation of one of the seven general strikes which took place in Greece last year amongst escalating social unrest caused by the economic uncertainty, rising unemployment and the ever fading trust between the political classes and the population. Prior to May 5th – 2010, Prime Minister George Papandreou passed on the controversial IMF/EU bail out package in an attempt to pull Greece out of it’s soaring debt. In exchange for this 110 billion euro bail out package, the government put plans in place to cut public spending such as wages and raise taxes. The number of protesters who took to the streets of Athens on May 5th is unclear - some say 100,000, while others say up to 500,000. A large group of these protesters attempted to storm parliament as police battled to keep them from doing so.

Presencia Viva: The Living Presence - By Ross Domoney

On September 11th 1973, the Chilean army order the countries first socialist president, Salavdor Allende to leave. Allende stays, his palace is bombed and he is found dead after allegedly shooting himself. What followed was a brutal dictatorship lead by Augustus Pinochet and backed by the CIA in washington. Six women who were then branded as terrorists went back to visit the place they were held prisoner and tortured. An abandoned theatre sits on the coast of a ghostly fishing village in the north of Chile. The village, known as Pisagua has been used throughout history as a location for concentration camps because of its geographical position.

Portraits of East DRC - Ross Domoney. Captions by Diane Taylor.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is both blessed and cursed with huge mineral wealth, especially in the east. It has been dubbed the worst place on earth to be a woman - an estimated 48 women are raped there every hour by the various militias criss-crossing the region. East Congo is not only rich in minerals like gold and coltan but is also very fertile. The women in rural areas who farmed, then sold their surplus crops at market are suffering enormously. Thanks to the presence of the militias and the insatiable appetite for minerals they are no longer able to feed their families by farming. The militias occupy their fields and rape them if they try to sow or harvest crops. Instead growing numbers of them are being forced into slavery in the mines in the hope of earning a pittance to feed themselves and their children.

Shifting Sands: The Immigrant Workers of Dubai - Ross Domoney

A small nomadic settlement of Bedouin Arabs and pearl divers has now become an iconic symbol of modern architecture and big city living. But how are all these monstrous sky scrapers being built in such a small period of time? It is due to the labours of 250,000 men shipped over largely from India and Pakistan, who toil in the heat and not in the best or safest of conditions. These workers earn, on average, £150 a month and live in camps hidden far away from tourist areas in the industrial quarters of al Quoz. Read more...

Video stories by Ross Domoney

Anarchy in Ealing - Ross Domoney 

Monday 8th August 2011 - London goes up in flames as individuals from many boroughs riot and loot spontaneously. The unrest started in Tottenham on Saturday after local man Mark Duggan was fatally shot by Police, sparking riots in the area. Sunday saw violence spill over into Brixton and Enfield. By Monday night, the police had lost control of many areas in London. This video shows the chaos in Ealing. One man tried to stop the fires and was beaten a mob. He later died in hospital. The death toll surrounding the violence in England over the past few days has reached five. Many questions are still to be asked about the deeper reasons for this unrest.

Snowy - A brush with the EDL - Ross Domoney 

Snowy a political activist spent 2010 traveling across the country, campaigning for his organization and  staging protest after protest in an effort to bring awareness to his cause. A noble endeavour you might think,but how will you feel when you learn that the organization he speaks for is the English Defence League, a controversial street movement with alleged far right links. Many of their protests ended in extreme violence. Some suggest that the hardcore elements of this street movement are no more than racists and fascists thugs.

Greek austerity protests turn violent - Ross Domoney 

Greece stages it's seventh general strike this year following harsh austerity measures which have been put in place to try and take the country out of it's soaring debt. Tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered around Syntagma Square and marched past parliament to voice their anger about the current economic situation. Many where chanting "No Sacrifice for the rich" and walls were graffitied with slogans reading "Eat the rich" and "Occupy Athens, London, Rome" in reference to recent violent protests in other European capitals.

 Bradford - EDL cheer on soldiers - Ross Domoney   

On the 25th June 2010, the city of Bradford welcomed home British armed forces from Afghanistan. The controversial group known as the English Defence League showed up to welcome the troops home and to protect them from an extreme islamic group which has been disrupting recent home coming marches. Tensions where high in Bradford as the EDL have confirmed a demonstration there for the 28th August. 2001 saw wide spread disorder fall upon Bradford as race riots erupted as a result of a far right group attempting to march through the city.

Exploring Revolt in Greece - By Ross Domoney 

On December 6th 2008 a police shooting of a 16 year old innocent boy in Athens started a two week revolt in cities around Greece. Three years on people march in remembrance of Alexis Grigoropoulos. Greece now mired in social and economic turmoil.

This films looks at the events surrounding the significance of December 6th as well as taking a deeper look at the reasons for revolt in a country that is sinking ever deeper into recession.

This film also explores the role that anti authoritarian movements play in Greece.

Remembering 1973 - By Ross Domoney   

On 17th November 1973, the military dictatorship ruling Greece at the time brutally stormed the Polytechnic university in Athens to crush a student uprising. The students were joined by many people angered at the military rule. Every year large protests are held in memory of those who died in 1973. The marches attract Anarchist blocks as well as student movements. This year's march was relatively peaceful considering the political and economic turmoil Greece is currently undergoing. This film interviews regular protesters as well as documenting the march from within the AK Anarchist movement.

Voices From London - By Ross Domoney   

On 15/10/11, organised as a global movement, over 1000 cities across the world had an occupation of some kind in protest of corporate greed. 
In many cities protesters have stated they are pitching tent for the long run. People from all walks of life came together to discuss problems and share feelings in an organised manor. Protesters set up camp outside St Paul's cathedral in London. Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks turned up in London to support the occupy movement.The protests started in New York and have since spread around the world as a direct result of the choppy economic climate which many blame on the banks and corporations.

Congo: Blood, gold and mobile phones - Ross Domoney - Diane Taylor  

The Democratic Republic of Congo is both blessed and cursed with huge mineral wealth, especially in the east. It has been dubbed the worst place on earth to be a woman - an estimated 48 women are raped there every hour by the various militias in the region. East Congo is not only rich in minerals like gold and coltan but is also very fertile. Women in rural areas who farmed, then sold their surplus crops at market are suffering enormously. Thanks to the presence of the militias and the insatiable appetite for minerals they are no longer able to feed their families by farming. Militias occupy their fields and rape them if they try to sow or harvest crops. Instead growing numbers are being forced into slavery in the mines in the hope of earning a pittance to feed themselves and their children.

Community Mourns Riot Deaths - Ross Domoney 

As the unrest in England spreads north to Birmingham, three innocent bystanders of the Winson Green community are killed by a speeding car. The residents suspect the driver of being involved in the looting. It was a hit and run incident. 

The residents of the neighbourhood were protecting their houses and shops from looters in the area. The community gathers and mourns were the three were killed. They discuss the next action to take and debate the importance of staying peaceful.