Sunday, 11 DECEMBER 2016, 10:20 for 11:00

The Liberator (El Liberator)
Alberto Arvelo, Venezuela/Spain, 2013, Spanish/EST, 119 mins.
Simon Bolivar fought over 100 battles against the Spanish Empire in South America. He rode over 70,000 miles on horseback. His military campaigns covered twice the territory of Alexander the Great. His army never conquered -- it liberated
THE LIBERATOR journeys through the impassioned struggle of revolutionary leader Simón Bolívars (Édgar Ramírez), to fight for independence in Latin America from Spain and his vision is of a united South American nation. In this groundbreaking endeavour, Bolívar unites different races, social classes, and nations to defeat the Spanish Empire and create a free and equal Latin America.
Selected as the Venezuelan entry for best foreign language film
Speaker from the Embassy of Venezuela
Screenings are at Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL.
Nearest tube: Warren Street.  Overground: Euston.   
Buses: 10, 14, 18, 24, 27, 29, 30, 73, 88, 134, 205, 390.  
Booking information: tickets are available from 10.20 am on the day and may not be booked in advance.
Admission £10, concessions £8.  Annual members £6/£4.  Sorry no credit cards. 

SUNDAY, 13 NOVEMBER 2016, 10:20 for 11:00 at the Bolivar Hall

The Ballad of a Soldier
Grigory Chuckray ,USSR, 1959, Russian, [PG] (black and white). dubbed in  English, 89 mins.
This is the story of that journey across the Soviet Union and the encounters with the Soviet people as they all shoulder the bitter burden of this Great War. He meets a beautiful young teenager; they fall in love and both journey together. The interactions and characters are all masterfully written and acted. The photography, the direction is the best of the best. The Black and White film format adds to the realism and the WWII feel. The sound track is perfect to complete this excellent film. This is a must see movie for any serious student of film making or WWII history. It is a tribute to the greatness of the Soviet people and their greatest generation that paid in a river of blood, sweat and tears to defeat the Nazis during WWII.
This film won many awards.
Interview with outstanding film maker Grigory Chuckray about the making of the film, the reception the film received nationally and internationally. This film will be 30 minutes.



Screenings are at Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL.
Nearest tube: Warren Street.  Overground: Euston.   
Buses: 10, 14, 18, 24, 27, 29, 30, 73, 88, 134, 205, 390.  
Booking information: tickets are available from 10.20 am on the day and may not be booked in advance.
Admission £10, concessions £8.  Annual members £6/£4.  Sorry no credit cards. 

SUNDAY, 9 OCTOBER, 2016, 10:20 for 11:00 at the Bolivar Hall

Five Broken Cameras, 
Burnaqt/Davidi, Palestine, 2011, [E]Arab/Hebrew EST, 94 min.
When his fourth son, Gibreel, is born, Emad, a Palestinian villager, gets his first camera. In his village, Bil'in, a separation barrier is being built and the villagers start to resist this decision. For more than five years, Emad films the struggle, which is led by two of his best friends, alongside filming how Gibreel grows. Very soon it affects his family and his own life. Daily arrests and night raids scare his family; his friends, brothers and himself are either shot or arrested. One camera after another is shot at or smashed. Each of the 5 cameras tells part of his story.
Coming Home
Al Kahouri, Palestine, 2012, Arab/English EST, 10 mins.
Rehabilitation of the Rights of the Child, sponsored by Save the Children, YMCA, EU
Children returning home from detention experienced many traumas and face new challenges that at times look insurmountable. The support and counselling they may receive can improve their hope for a future.

Discussion led by: Dr Bernard Regan, and Martin  Kemp, UK-Palestine Mental Health Network.

Screenings are at Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL.
Nearest tube: Warren Street.  Overground: Euston.   
Buses: 10, 14, 18, 24, 27, 29, 30, 73, 88, 134, 205, 390.  
Booking information: tickets are available from 10.20 am on the day and may not be booked in advance.
Admission £10, concessions £8.  Annual members £6/£4.  Sorry no credit cards. 

Previous Sunday, 11 September 2016, 10;20 for 11:00 film show at the Bolivar Hall

Class Struggle, film from the Clyde
Cinema Action*, Scotland, 16mm film/DVD 1977, English, 74 mins.
The jobs of one in every two workers in the British shipyards are now in danger. One million men, women and children living in the most depressed areas of Britain depend for their food they eat and the clothes they wear on the work provided by the ship building industry.
Class Struggle made with shipyard workers during occupation and work-in the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders from July 1971 to October 1972. The Yards were occupied and managed by a joint shop stewards’ committee after the government announced the decision to liquidate the company. The film includes footage from the ‘inside’ of organising, work, discussions, high-level negotiations, relations between the shop stewards and union officials and dealings with the press. Music by 7:84 and The Laggan
*Cinema action was a London-based collective which produced ‘socialist campaign films’ between 1968-1981.
Aah!
Ajay T.H .India, Hindu/English EST, 15 mins.  
Campaign documentary. About  the struggle by casual employees of ACC Cement Plant in Jamul, Central India to obtain conditions similar to those of permanent employees. An important story as there is a huge difference in pay and conditions between regular and irregular workers in India and almost no trades unions. It will represent irregular workers. The Chhattisgarh Mukti

The 1997 UPS Strike

Labour Film 9 mins 

In 1997, UPS Teamsters won a stunning victory at Big Brown--the biggest victory for labour in the last twenty years. Find out how UPS Teamsters made UPS deliver 10,000 full-time jobs and record pension increases.

Discussion to follow film show

Screenings are at Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL.
Nearest tube: Warren Street.  Overground: Euston.   
Buses: 10, 14, 18, 24, 27, 29, 30, 73, 88, 134, 205, 390.  
Booking information: tickets are available from 10.20 am on the day and may not be booked in advance.
Admission £10, concessions £8.  Annual members £6/£4.  Sorry no credit cards. 
Membership details.

(Previous) SUNDAY, 12 JUNE 2016, 10:20 FOR 11:00 AM film show at the BOLIVAR HALL

WADJDA,

Haifa A-Mansour, Germany/Saudi Arabia/US/UAE, 2012 [PG], Arabic EST, 98 mins
A film made by a female Saudi filmmaker is the story of a spirited young girl living in a suburb of Riyadh. Wadjda is determined to buy a bike so she can race against her friend Abdullah. But in conservative Riyadh we are told, girls do not ride bikes, as they are dangerous to a girl's virtue. But she does, with cursory regard for mum's fretting or the disapproval of her staunchly traditionalist teacher. Wadjda is funny and romantic but includes a political edge that never soft-pedals its push for reform.
It earned a nomination for Best Foreign Film at the 2014 BAFTA awards.

Discussion followed by Q&A led by Derek Wall, with Mina Boromand, photographer and Aylaa Ebbibary, PhD Candidate, SOAS on the panel.

Screenings are at Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL.
Nearest tube: Warren Street.  Overground: Euston.   
Buses: 10, 14, 18, 24, 27, 29, 30, 73, 88, 134, 205, 390.  
Booking information: tickets are available from 10.20 am on the day and may not be booked in advance.
Admission £10, concessions £8.  Annual members £6/£4.  Sorry no credit cards. 
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(Previous) SUNDAY, 8TH OF MAY, 10:30 FOR 11:00 AM, FILM SHOW AT THE BOLIVAR HALL

JOSE MARTI: THE EYES OF THE CANARY

Fernando Pérez Valdés, Cuba, 2010, [PG], Spanish with EST. 120 mins

This is the story of the early years of Jose Marti until at the early age of 17 when he was exiled by the Cuban Government for sedition.   The film explores his relationship with his authoritarian father and also his challenges to the social and political issues Cuba was facing.

Discussion led by: Michael Chanan, documentary filmmaker and Professor of Film & Video at the University of Roehampton

Screenings are at Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL.
Nearest tube: Warren Street.  Overground: Euston.   
Buses: 10, 14, 18, 24, 27, 29, 30, 73, 88, 134, 205, 390.  
Booking information: tickets are available from 10.20 am on the day and may not be booked in advance.
Admission £10, concessions £8.  Annual members £6/£4.  Sorry no credit cards. 
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(Previous) Sunday, 10th of April, 10:20 for 11:00 AM Film Show at The Bolivar Hall


TOGETHER
Lorenza Mazetti, UK (black & white, silent), 1956, 52 mins
Two inseparable deaf-mute friends hang to each other while working on the East End docks. This strikingly stylised movie poem taps into the silent movie era to portray its two leading characters isolation from hearing-unimpaired people. Financed by BFI, film has been heralded as one of the founding works of British Free Cinema.

SI, SE PUEDE, SEVEN DAYS AT P.A.H. BARCELONA
Pau Faus, Spain, 2014, [PG] Spanish with EST, 52 mins
Since 2007, an estimated 550,000 foreclosures have been initiated in Spain. Given this acute housing situation, civil society has been forced to organise. In 2009 the PAH, the Platform for People Affected by Mortgages, was established as a citizen’s movement for the right to housing and in response to a housing emergency, using direct action and non-violent civil disobedience to stop evictions, occupy empty apartment blocks and re-house homeless evictions. The film portrays a typical week at PAH Barcelona and its tireless activities.
Discussion led by: Roz Cranston, Curato, BFI; Speaker on  Housing.

Screenings are at Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL.
Nearest tube: Warren Street.  Overground: Euston.   
Buses: 10, 14, 18, 24, 27, 29, 30, 73, 88, 134, 205, 390.  
Booking information: tickets are available from 10.20 am on the day and may not be booked in advance.
Admission £10, concessions £8.  Annual members £6/£4.  Sorry no credit cards. 
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(Previous) SUNDAY 13 March 2016, 10.20 for 11:00 am,at the BOLÍVAR HALL

THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE,

Louis Frank, Spain, 1939, [U], 55 mins

A striking account of the Spanish Civil War, made during the last desperate days of the Republic. Drawn from the Republic’s rich film archives, this documentary provides in its partisan commentary and searing footage, a poignant epitaph to the dashed hopes of the Popular Front.



WAR IS BEAUTIFUL


Aelwen Wetherby, Spain/France, 2012, [U] 60 mins.


This film tells the story of a book, of a son’s search for a father, and of a road trip through Spanish history. Through interviews, archival footage, and the Spanish landscape, however, it will explore much more than this. Through the parallel narratives behind James Neugass’ War Is Beautiful and this contemporary quest to revisit the sites of its pages, this film seeks to bridge international and local experiences of the Spanish Civil War.
Discussion:  Dr Miriam Frank, daughter of director, author and translator and 
Dr Richard Baxell, Historian, Author of among other books: British Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War: The British Battalion in the International Brigades 1936-1939, Chair of International Brigades Memorial Trust


Screenings are at Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL.
Nearest tube: Warren Street.  Overground: Euston.   
Buses: 10, 14, 18, 24, 27, 29, 30, 73, 88, 134, 205, 390.  
Booking information: tickets are available from 10.20 am on the day and may not be booked in advance.
Admission £10, concessions £8.  Annual members £6/£4.  Sorry no credit cards. 
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(PREVIOUS) SUNDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2016, 10.20 for 11:00

THE ACT OF KILLING

Joshua Oppenheimer, Denmark/Norway/UK, 2012, [15] 115 mins Indonesian, English, EST

In this chilling and inventive documentary produced by Werner Herzog, Errol Morris and Andre Singer, the unrepentant members of Indonesian death squads are challenged to re-enact some of their many murders in the style of the American movies they love.

BAFTA Winner Best Documentary

Discussion led by Eric Sasono, PhD student, Kings College London
Screenings are at Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL.
Nearest tube: Warren Street.  Overground: Euston.   
Buses: 10, 14, 18, 24, 27, 29, 30, 73, 88, 134, 205, 390.  
Booking information: tickets are available from 10.20 am on the day and may not be booked in advance.
Admission £10, concessions £8.  Annual members £6/£4.  Sorry no credit cards. 
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(Previous) Sunday, 10 January 2016 Screening 10:20 for 11:00

WHERE SHOULD THE BIRDS FLY?
Fida Qishta, and Mona Samouni, Palestine, 2013 [PG] English 58 mins

The injustices of everyday life - farmers, fishermen, children and families – are documented in this unique and illuminating film (shot and narrated by Fida Qishta who filmed her own family home being demolished by Israeli bulldozers).  The   film also covers the 2008/09 Israeli offensive against Gaza. Fida Qishta films the terror and destruction, often at great personal risk, and talks to ten year old Mona whose entire family were killed by Israeli fire.   Highly recommended.

Nabi Samwil 1099-2099

Eran Torbiner, Israel/Palestine, [U] 2014, 29 mins

The story of an ancient village in Palestine now occupied and surrounded by a fence..

Alroweed, Pioneers for Life, [U]12 mins

Alrowwad  and the French Association Les Jeux combined to make this film about their programme, The Beautiful Resistance, which helps traumatised children and young people using theatre,  music, cookery and play.

Discussion led by Sarah Colborne, Director Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Bob Jones, Medical Aid for Palestine, Ghada Karmi, Doctor, author and academic


Screenings are at Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL.
Nearest tube: Warren Street.  Overground: Euston.   
Buses: 10, 14, 18, 24, 27, 29, 30, 73, 88, 134, 205, 390.  
Booking information: tickets are available from 10.20 am on the day and may not be booked in advance.
Admission £10, concessions £8.  Annual members £6/£4.  Sorry no credit cards. 
Membership details.