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, Masters on film
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. 
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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. 
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(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. 
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(Previously) Sunday 10 May 2015

EL CARACAZO
Roman Chalbaud, Venezuela 2005 [Advised PG], Spanish with EST, 110 mins

The film begins at a meeting in August 2002 where a social activist, Simon Petrov, reads the sentence dictated by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ordering the Venezuelan state to compensate the relatives of the victims of the 27 February 1989 riots. People at the meeting begin recalling the sequence of events and remembering some tragic moments.

Discussion led by a representative of the Venezuelan Embassy and Dr Francisco Dominguez, head of the Centre for Brazilian and Latin American Studies at Middlesex University

Image: quecomunismo - Flickr

Screenings are at Bolívar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL.
Nearest tube: Warren Street and Euston Square. Overground: Euston.   
Buses: 10, 14, 18, 24, 27, 29, 30, 73, 88, 134, 205, 390.  
Booking information: tickets are available from 10.20am 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 12 April 2015.

CAPITAL (LE CAPITAL)
Costa-Gavras, France 2012 [15]  EST, 114 mins

From legendary Academy-Award-winning writer/director Costa-Gavras comes a fast-paced, darkly-comic, suspenseful drama set in the high stakes world of global finance. When the CEO of France's Phoenix Bank collapses on a golf course, Machiavellian young executive Marc Tourneuil (Gad Elmaleh) is crowned as his replacement. A whirlwind of ruthless ambition, power struggles, greed and deception ensues as Tourneuil's brutal ascent is jeopardized by a hostile takeover attempt from a large American hedge fund led by Dittmar Rigule (Gabriel Byrne), erotic distractions from international supermodel Nassim (Liya Kebede), and adversaries with an agenda for destruction. Capital is a pointed commentary on how the world of contemporary capitalism plays itself out across the global finance stage.

Nominations and a win at Munich Film Festival 2013 and San Sebastian International Film Festival 2012

Discussion led by Gail Cartmail, Assistant General Secretary of Unite the union and John Green, journalist and former documentary filmmaker.
Image cohen media




Screenings are at Bolívar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL.
Nearest tube: Warren Street and Euston Square.  Overground: Euston.   
Buses: 10, 14, 18, 24, 27, 29, 30, 73, 88, 134, 205, 390.  
Booking information: tickets are available from 10.20am 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 8 March 2015

Celebrating International Women's Day with two women who deserve wider recognition.

MARÍA QUERIDA (DEAREST MARIA)
Jose Luis Garcia Sanchez, Spain 2004 [U], Spanish with EST, 91 mins

In 1984, having returned to Spain after 45 years of exile, María Zambrano Alarcon (Pilar Bardem), philosopher and essayist was awarded the Cervantes Prize. A young journalist and daughter of a teacher, Lola (María Bottol), attends the press conference and becomes fascinated when she learns that Zambrano too was a teacher but had never practised professionally. Like Zambrano, many Republican intellectuals were forced into exile after the civil war. They suffered separation from their loved ones and their country and longed to return. Journalist and filmmaker Lola has questions to which she searches for answers, while María Zambardo's wisdom helps Lola make decisions in her personal life.

Nominations for: Best Actress Award (Pilar Bardem) and Best Supporting Actress Award (María Botto)

HIDDEN HERSTORIES: CLAUDIA JONES
Octavia Foundation Young People, UK 2010 [U], 15 mins
Claudia Jones - Wikimedia


Hidden Herstories: Women of Change exposes the plight and determination of heroines forgotten by society. One of these, Claudia Jones (1945-1964), was a founder of the West Indian Workers and Students Association, started the West Indian Gazette, protested against the racist murder of Kelso Cochrane and launched the first Caribbean carnival in the UK in 1959. Stephanie Vaz, one of 20 young filmmakers involved in the learning project, said: 'We have had the chance to be involved in every aspect of film.'

Hidden Herstories: Women of Change
Claudia Jones - Wikipedia






Discussion led by Carl-Henrik Bjerstrom, Research Associate, and Mary Davis, visiting Professor, both of Royal Holloway University of London, and Sara Callaway of Women of Colour Global Women's Strike

Screenings are at Bolívar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL.
Nearest tube: Warren Street and Euston Square.  Overground: Euston.   
Buses: 10, 14, 18, 24, 27, 29, 30, 73, 88, 134, 205, 390.  
Booking information: tickets are available from 10.20am 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 8 February 2015

THE GREAT BOOK ROBBERY
Benny Brunner, Netherlands 2012 [12], Hebrew/Arabic with EST, 57 mins

70,000 Palestinian books were systematically 'collected' by the newborn state of Israel during the 1948 war. The story of the books is at the heart of this film. Was the appropriation of Palestinian books and manuscripts in 1948 a case of cultural theft or preservation? On May 15 Palestinians mark the anniversary of the 'Nakba', the systematic expulsion of the Palestinian people by Zionist militias that began in late 1947 and lasted through 1948 and beyond. As well as land and properties, a lesser known aspect of that expulsion is that Israel looted Palestinian homes of their cultural treasures, among them books, manuscripts, personal papers, photographs and works of art.

Website    thegreatbookrobbery.org
Twitter      @bookrobbery
Facebook The Great Book Robbery



NOWHERE LEFT TO GO: THE JAHALIN BEDOUIN
Harvey Stein, Palestine 2012 [U], Arabic with EST, 27.55 mins

The Israeli armed forces are on the verge of dispossessing the Jahalin Bedouin of their homeland. The Israeli state neither has legitimacy nor humanity. Only military might allows them to pull down the shacks and school of the defenceless Jahalin Bedouin people, who are forcefully removed, as was done in South Africa during the Apartheid regime. People lament the loss of their land and homes and resist, but to no avail.

Website   jahalin.org
Twitter     @jahalin
Facebook Jahalin Association
Images Jahalin.org









ME AND MY HOMELAND: AN ENDLESS SAD STORY
Suleiman al-Hourani and Hamza Najim, Palestine 2012 [U], Arabic with EST, 11.7 mins

Stories are told of urban refugees who were forcibly removed from their homes and made homeless from 1948 onwards. Every story asserts the right to a good life in their land and the rights to school, sport and a culture that is their own.

Discussion led by Benny Brunner, filmmaker, Ben Jamal, National Executive member of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, and Angela Godfrey-Goldstein, Advocacy Officer for The Jahalin Association

Nakba 1948 Palestine - Jaramana Refugee Camp, Damascus, Syria - wikimedia.org


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