Sunday 13th May 2012
Jafar Panahi, Iran 2006 [PG], 93 mins, Farsi with EST
A group of girls disguised as boys fail in their attempt to watch the World Cup qualifier in Tehran's Azadi Stadium but hear the closing victory en route to the regime's vice squad to receive punishment for transgressing the moral code. In this witty and funny film, football is a metaphor for criticism of the regime and the symbolic changes foreshadowed by its young people; meanwhile the director is held in prison and denied both personal and professional freedom.
THE GREAT TRADE ROBBERY
Grant Gilchrist, UK 2008 [12A], 7.5 mins
This incisive animation produced by Manic Films Production and the World Trade Movement presents familiar arguments about the balance of power in the globalised world. Addressing the dominant players in Brussels, the capitalist wolf outlines to an audience how the global market strategies in tourism, finance and energy can create wealth but is foiled by the sharp sheep's exposé of the moral issues and an alternative strategy.
Discussion led by Majid Beheshti, Iranian film critic and magazine editor, Azar Sephr of the Committee for the Defence of Iranian People’s Rights (CODIR) and Megan Dobney, Regional Secretary, Southern & Eastern Region TUC and Executive Member of the National Assembly of Women.
Sunday 15th April 2012
COME TO MY COUNTRY: JOURNEYS WITH KABIR AND FRIENDS (Chalo Hamara Des)
Shabnam Virmani, India 2008 [ 12A], 98 mins, Hindi/Malwi with EST
Shabnam Virmani illuminates the world of Kabir, the 15th century mystical poet of north India through the friendship between Indian folk singer Prahlad Tipanya, a ’low caste’ Dalit singer, and an American academic Linda Hess. Using poetry and song the film juxtaposes familiar concepts of urban and rural, classical and folk music, and secular and fundamentalist thought in the weaving of the wisdom of the ancient world with a contemporary secular one.
THE LAST RITES
Yasmine Kabir, Bangladesh 2008 [12A], 17 mins
Yasmine Kabir, in this silent film takes us to the shipbuilding yards of
Bangledesh, where thousands of men, driven by poverty, each year seek
jobs. She links the ‘last rites’ rituals of ship breaking with the
survival of a community willing to work in an environmental wasteland of toxic
waste and asbestos. The film won the top award at the Film South Asian Festival
in 2009 where it was compared with Robert Flaherty’s Man of Aran.
Discussion led by Ayub Aulia, of the Pakistan Writers’ Guild, writer, poet, art critic and musicologist
Tickets for children under the age of 16 are priced at £3. Both the above films are suitable.
Sunday 11th March 2012
LIFE IN THE SHADOWS - PALESTINIANS IN LEBANON,
Tomo Brody, narrated by Juliet Stevenson, 22mins (of which we screen 15mins) (E)
(made for the charity Medical Aid for Palestinians)
Palestinian Health care in Lebanon is underfunded and chronically unfit for the needs of the refugee population. Of particular concern are the overburdened and under-resourced UN clinics, an acute shortage of Palestinians training to become doctors and an inadequate tertiary healthcare system that places unbearable stress upon patients.
There is an accompanying MAP report on Palestinians in Lebanon, copies of which will be available on the 11th.
Eyal Sivan, Belgium/Germany/France/Israel 2010 [PG], 86 mins, French/Arabic/Hebrew/English with EST
Israeli filmmaker Eyal Sivan peels back the orange skin to expose the history and layers of meaning in the Palestinian/Israeli conflict through the
a globalised image reproduced in the media and authenticated by historians as
the symbolic life-affirming fruit of the ' Holy Land'.
The image of the orange, rebranded by the Palestine Liberation
Organisation as a grenade, is the fruit dripping with the blood of the lost
lands and its people.
Serge Avédikian, France 2010 [PG],15 mins
In 1910 the Turkish authorities rounded up 30,000 stray dogs in Constantinople and transported them to die on a deserted island in the
The haunting images and soundtrack in this animation foretell the genocide of
the Armenian people which was initiated by the Turks in 1915. This film
won the Palme D'Or in 2010.
We are delighted that HE Prof Manuel Hassassian, of the Palestinian General Delegation UK, will take part in our panel for the Q&A and discussion after the screenings. We are very honoured that he has been able to make time to be with us.
On the panel with Dr Hassassian will be Sarah Colbourne (Director, Palestine Solidarity Campaign) and Vaughan Pilikian, filmmaker (Hammer and Flame) as given in the programme. Frank Barat Co-ordinator, Russell Tribunal on
co-author of Corporate Complicity in Israel’s Occupation (Pluto
2011) is unable to attend, as his work with the Russell Tribunal
is taking him to Canada. He sends his apologies. Marj Mayo will
chair the discussion and we ask that audience members keep their remarks brief
and to the point in order that all may participate. Palestine
Sunday 12th February 2012
JUST DO IT
Emily James, UK 2011 [12A], 88 mins
Emily James spent a year within the environmental movement documenting the clandestine activities of the major players. In this feature documentary, she presents an insider's account of the new global movement, an independent group funded by volunteers; inspiring, anarchic individuals with inventive strategies challenge the multi-nationals, frustrate the police and create confusion. This film shows what one group of committed individuals can achieve.
NOT IN OUR NAME
2009 [Advised 18], 30 mins Ireland
Nine men were totally acquitted of their £350,000 criminal damage to the International Arms manufacturer in
2006. The decision became a legal benchmark; an act of deliberate civil
disobedience recognised as a weapon in the fight for peace. This film documents
the victory and their solidarity with the people in the Lebanese town of ;
knowledge of the production of those weapons and their use in the Israeli
massacre became an impetus for the men to act. Qana
Discussion led by Emily James, Gabrielle Tierney and Anne-Marie O’Reilly, Outreach Co-ordinator, Campaign Against Arms Trade
Sunday 8 January 2012
Joan Sekler, US 2010 [12A], 60 mins
The multinational, Rio Tinto group, historically known for draconian measures, attempted to severely cut the pay and conditions of 570 borax miners in the isolated, desert town of
in 2010. Joan Sekler, independent filmmaker, crafts the course of the
miners' action during the 107 days of a lock out. With solidarity at local and
national level and the support of their community the miners agree to a new
contract with the majority of their benefits intact. California
UNDER THE CRANES
Emma-Louise Williams, UK 2011 [12A], 56 mins
Director Emma-Louise Williams has collaborated with Hackney poet and resident Michael Rosen to produce a film-poem that explores the inter-connection between ourselves and where we live, based on his play Hackney Voices. The changing face of Hackney and its residents emerges through current images, urban sounds and rare historical footage, and Rosen's voice illuminates and questions the threats and the choices fostered by the dubious activities of Hackney Council and the regeneration of the area.
Discussion led by Emma-Louise Williams, Michael Rosen and Shane Enright - Amnesty International UK Trade Union Campaigns Manager/ AI Global Trade Union Adviser.
Sunday 11th December 2011
THE COCA-COLA CASE
German Gutierrez/ Carmen Garcia, Canada 2009 (E) 80 mins
Labour rights lawyers Daniel Kovalik and Terry Collingsworth are activists for the 'Stop the Killer-Coke campaign,' which has seen Ray Rodgers put the Coca-Cola empire on trial. Coca-Cola stands accused of the drying of water wells in India and the torture/ murder of union leaders trying to improve working conditions in Columbia, Guatemala and Turkey. Predictably, two courts have already dismissed their claims but the struggle continues to make the giant multinational drinks company accountable for policies of profit over people.
VILLAGE LIVES, DISTANT POWERS
Peggy Froerer, India/ UK (E) 32mins.
Produced by Margaret Dickinson
Focusing on one village in central India, this film asks why the poor are routinely deprived of basic services; how does a culture of bribery impact on their everyday lives. The story is told from the perspective of the anthropologist/ filmmaker who takes up a problem with a senior civil servant and soon finds herself also paying court to a politician. It poses sharply the potential contradiction in the idea that an anthropologist is a 'participant observer.'
Discussion led by Tony Benn, filmmaker Peggy Froerer, Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at Brunel University, and writer and filmmaker Margaret Dickinson.
*Tickets for this event must be obtained as usual but they will be issued free. We appreciate donations to cover venue and other expenses.
Sunday 13th November 2011
DEADLY DUST (TODESSTAUB)
Frieder Wagner, Germany 2006 (E) 93 mins
In a science-based documentary, we accompany Prof Gunther, epidemiologist and specialist in tropical diseases, and his expert colleagues as they explore the effects of depleted uranium ammunition used in Iraq, Kosovo and Bosnia, though banned by the Hague and Geneva Conventions. Winds can carry them clear across our planet, leaving behind a path of destruction. The surge in post-war birth defects indicates an epidemic of reproductive abnormalities. We express our gratitude to Frieder Wagner for facilitating today's premiere.
WITH THE LINCOLN BRIGADE IN SPAIN
Henri Cartier- Bresson/ Herbert Kline, US 1938 (E) 18 mins
Internationally acclaimed photographer Cartier- Bresson filmed the Brigade, which had emerged in response to the US policy of non intervention. Drawn from all wakes of life and thought to be the first military unit commanded by a black officer, the volunteers trained alongside Spanish troops and became known for their bravery. In 2010 the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archive discovered, restored and re-released this cinema treasure.
Discussion led by Rae Street, CND Council member and active in the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons, John Green, former documentary filmmaker, and Helen Graham, Professor of Modern European History at Royal Holloway University of London.
The November programme was co-sponsored by CND and the International Brigade Memorial Trust.
Sunday 9 October 2011
SYLVIA PANKHURST: EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE,
Ceri Dingle/Viv Regan, UK 2011 [E], DVD, 90 min
The contribution made by campaigner Sylvia Pankhurst to human rights is contextualised in this documentary researched and produced by over 100 volunteers. The film contains interviews with her son Richard Pankhurst and his wife Rita as well as suffrage historians and rare archival footage. While her mother Emmeline and sister Christabel focused on a limited suffrage of upper class women, Sylvia devoted her time to improving women’s lives during the war in the slums of
London. Initially establishing nurseries and a free clinic, the
movement for universal suffrage encompassed the women’s struggle, the Irish
struggle and the anti war movement and aroused the wrath of politicians.
AWRA AMBA: UTOPIA IN
Paulina Tervo, Ethiopia 2010 [E], DVD, 28.5 mins
Awra Amba is a model village nestling in the hills of northern
radical politics in a conservative culture: gender equality, sharing the
workload and rejecting traditional religion. Filmmaker Paulina Tervo
brings us the vision of its founder, local farmer Zumra Nuru and the project to
build a new senior school to government standards. The fundraising events will
have a boost in the autumn with the Great Ethiopian Run, a campaign to provide
scholarships for young women in the Horn of Africa. The Sylvia Pankhurst
scholarship is one of their partners. Ethiopia
Discussion led by Ceri Dingle and Mary Davis, Professor of Labour History at London Metropolitan University.
Sunday 11th September 2011
Dupont UK 1929
silent [PG], DVD, 108 mins
Ewald Andre Dupont, a German émigré, voices the sexual and racist tensions in this
of the late silent cinema. Set in a night club, Sosho, the dishwasher attracts
the attention of the club owner with her striking dancing and the resentment of
the lead dancer, the club owner’s former lover. The black and white tones
tinged with amber and blue tinted scenes glide between fashionable jazz age London London and the
underworld of Limehouse. We screen now to the newly commissioned score by
Neil Brand, recorded by some of UK’s
leading jazz players.
A PALACE FOR US:
Tom Hunter, UK 2010 [Advised E], 18 mins
The artist and filmmaker Tom Hunter entices us to look afresh at the Woodberry Down Estate in
London. Filmed in and around the Estate, the memories and
experiences of residents, who have lived there since it opened are beautifully
re-captured through dramatisations and evoked through sound and image. The film
challenges the negative stereotypes of working class culture; these residents
present the hopes and dignity that the newly formed welfare state had offered
to communities reeling from the poverty and anxiety of the 30’s and 40’s.
Discussion led by Bryony Dixon, Curator of Silent Film at the BFI National Archives, Tom Hunter, Senior Research Fellow and lecturer at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, and Lizzie Woods, Public & Commercial Services Union (PCS) organiser, with the Royal Cleaners’ Campaign for the London Living Wage