14 June 2009

14 June 2009 THOSE WHO DANCE

Mayyasa al-Malazi and Camilla Cancantata UK 2006, 49 mins

Those Who Dance tells the story of members of a small community in Rossport, Co. Mayo, Ireland, who have resisted Shell’s attempts to construct a high pressure gas pipeline and refinery across their land, which would have potentially devastating environmental and social consequences. The film compares their situation to that of the Ogoni people of the Niger Delta, where Ken Saro-Wiwa and nine others were murdered in 1996 because of their non-violent opposition to Shell’s oil extraction operations and gas flaring. The film offers a powerful critique of corporate practice and philosophy, and challenges viewers to consider the impacts of the oil industry throughout the world, now that the reality of climate change is widely accepted.


Faith Morgan, US 2006, 53 mins, EST, [tbc]

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba’s economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half – and food by 80 percent – people were desperate. Cubans share how they transitioned from a highly mechanised, industrial agricultural system to one using organic methods of farming and local, urban gardens.
Discussion led by Mayyasa al-Malazi, Camilla Cancantata and Cuba Solidarity Campaign

We are also including a 7-minute film at the start, made by Anna Bowman. It is SELF BUILD: FROM NORTH LONDON TO THE FIELDS OF CHESHAM, made last year and incorporating footage shot by ex-servicemen and their families as they built their new homes and moved from Willesden to Chesham in the 1950s.

Booking information:All three films have been classified by Camden's licensing department as educational and informative, [E] for exempt. This means there is no age barrier for our audience; all are welcome.

Discussion led by Mayyasa al-Malazi, Camilla Cancantata and Cuba Solidarity Campaign
With Derek Wall Green Party & Green Left