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. 
Membership details.

(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. 
Membership details.

(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. 
Membership details.

(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.

Sunday 13 December 2015 Screening CANCELLED (exceptionally)


We are very sad to announce the loss of our dear friend, comrade and founding member of the LSFC, Nicola Seyd. She gave us inspiration and wished us to continue with the film shows; she will be missed, but her perseverance, steadfastness, and kindness will inspire us on our paths.  
Her funeral will take place on the 18th of December, 3pm at Golders Green Crematorium, West Chapel. Nicola's wish was no flowers, but donations to the Morning Star.
Please note:
The London Socialist Film Co-op apologizes for having to cancel this film show due to circumstances beyond our control. We will however show WADJDA on  the 12th of June 2016, and will continue with our film shows at the Bolivar Hall on the 10th of January, 2016, every second Sunday of the month, from January to June, at 11 am. 
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(Previously) Sunday 8 November 2015 Screening, 10.20 for 11am

FAIR TRADE MATTERS
A Fairtrade film, UK 2015 [E], 13 mins

We see a 45 year old farmer and father of seven (Edson), in Malawi, picking tea with his wife, spending time with his children and meeting other farmers to discuss farming techniques in his role as chairman of Sukambizi Association Trust. The members invested in a motorbike for the chairman to reach more farmers to train them in better agricultural practices. There’s also an ambulance the farmers decided to buy with the Premium, which Edson reveals saves his children’s’ lives when they get Malaria. The Premium will fund a new school, which will be closer to home.  

SHADOWS OF LIBERTY
Jean-Philippe Tremblay, USA, 2012, [advised PG], 93 mins

Shadows of Liberty reveals the extraordinary truth behind the news media: censorship, cover ups and corporate control. Filmmaker Jean-Philippe Tremblay journeys through the darker corridors of the US media, where global conglomerates call the shots. For decades, their influence has distorted news journalism and compromised its values. In highly revealing stories, renowned journalists, activists and academics give insider accounts of a broken media system. Controversial news reports are suppressed, people are censored for speaking out, and lives are shattered as the arena for public expression is turned into a private profit zone.  Tracing the story of media manipulation through the years, the film poses a crucial question: why have we let a handful of powerful corporations write the news?


Discussion led by: Ann Field, Campaign for Press & Broadcasting Freedom
Gavin MacFadyen, Director, Centre for Investigative Journalism, Media and Communications, Goldsmith University of  London, and David Harrold, of the Save Shaker Aamer Campaign.

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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(Previously) Sunday 11 October 2015

TAKING ROOT: THE VISION OF WANGARI MAATHAI
Lisa Merton and Alan Dater, US 2008 [PG],  81 mins, English/Swahili/Gikuyu (EST)

Taking Root tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy. Through TV footage and chilling first person accounts, Taking Root documents the dramatic confrontations of the 1980s and '90s as the women of the Green Belt Movement confront human rights abuses and environmental degradation. The film captures a worldview in which nothing is perceived as impossible and presents an awe-inspiring profile of Maathai's unstoppable and courageous thirty-year journey.

[Credits for still available separately)


COMMITTING THE TRUTH
Cathal Burke/Miamh Heery, Ireland, 2012, [E], 17 mins

Committing the Truth is a documentary about Irish Red Cross whistle blower, Noel Wardick. The film is as much one man’s story as it is a testament to an individual’s courage to make a stand for what he believes in and say ‘enough is enough’. Losing his job and having to justify his action of publishing corrupt practices in the press was the length he went to see to it that injustice was aired.

Discussion led by speaker from the Greenbelt Movement, Catherine Furey -International Criminal Lawyer

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.

(Previously) Sunday 13 September 2015

SWIMMING AGAINST THE TIDE: THE CUBAN HEALTH SYSTEM
Dir Tom Fawthrop, UK/Cuba, 2007, (E) Spanish/English, (EST) 47mins

How is it possible that Cuba can achieve health indicators on a par with the world’s richer nations?
In the field of medical research – new vaccines, therapies, and groundbreaking anti-cancer agents – Cuba is challenging the pharmaceutical empires of the West.

At a time when public health systems are in crisis with a tide of privatisation gripping the globe, how is it possible that Cuba has achieved so much with so few resources? This documentary looks in-depth at one health system that is swimming against the currents of corporate globalisation.

Credits for stills: Tom Fawthrop,  film director; a speaker from War on Want


THE  GUARANTEE 
Ian Power, Ireland, 2014, [advised 15A], 76 mins 

The Guarantee is a fact-based drama that takes us behind the scenes on the most pivotal night in recent Irish history, as the beleaguered government fights to keep the country’s banking system afloat. Their decision will ultimately shape the future of the nation for generations to come. Directed by Ian Power The Runway and adapted by Colin Murphy from his stage play Guaranteed! the film is a vital document that explores a momentous period in contemporary politics with tension, humour, and intelligence.

Irish Film and Television Awards 2015, Nominated IFTA Award

Discussion led by Tom Fawthrop,  Film Director, and John Hilary, Executive Director, War on Want.


Credits for still: John Kerlleher Media

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.