Films are shown every Wednesday from 7pm. Entry is free & there are free tea & nibbles.
April 6 – The Spook Who Sat By The Door (1973)
Based on the novel by Sam Greenlee, this film is both a satire of the civil rights struggle in the United States of the late 1960s and a serious attempt to focus on the issue of black militancy. Dan Freeman is enlisted in the Central Intelligence Agency’s elitist espionage program as its token black. After five years of racist and stereotyped treatment by his superiors, he quietly resigns to return to his native Chicago to work for a social serves agency…by day. By night, he trains a street gang to be the vanguard in an upcoming race war, using all the CIA has taught him. As a story of one man’s reaction to ruling-class hypocrisy, the film is autobiographical and personal.
April 13 – The War You Don’t See (2010)
A documentary by the award winning screenwriter and director John Pilger. Following his award-winning documentary The War on Democracy, Pilger’s new film is a powerful and timely investigation into the media’s role in war. The War You Don’t See traces the history of ’embedded’ and independent reporting from the carnage of World War I to the destruction of Hiroshima, and from the invasion of Vietnam to the current war in Afghanistan. As weapons and propaganda are ever more sophisticated, the very nature of war has developed into an ‘electronic battlefield’. But who is the real enemy today?
April 20 – Crips & Bloods: Made In America (2008)
From the genesis of LAs gang culture to the shocking, war-zone reality of daily life in South L.A., the film chronicles the rise of the Crips and Bloods, tracing the origins of their bloody four-decade-long feud. Contemporary and former gang members offer their street-level testimony that provides the film with a stark portrait of modern-day gang life: the turf wars and territorialism, the inter-gang hierarchy and family structure, the rules of behaviour, the culture of guns, death and dishonour.”
April 27 – Blue Gold: World Water Wars (2008)
Wars of the future will be fought over water as they are over oil today, as the source of human survival enters the global marketplace and political arena. Corporate giants, private investors, and corrupt governments vie for control of our dwindling supply, prompting protests, lawsuits, and revolutions from citizens fighting for the right to survive. Past civilizations have collapsed from poor water management. Can the human race survive?
May 4 – Wall-E (2008)
After hundreds of lonely years of doing what he was built for, WALL-E (short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) has developed his very own personality. He discovers a new purpose in life (besides collecting knick-knacks) when he encounters–and becomes enamoured with–a sleek search robot named EVE. WALL-E and EVE travel across the galaxy and set into motion one of the most exciting and imaginative comedy adventures ever brought to the big screen. Joining WALL-E on his fantastic journey across a universe of never-before-imagined visions of the future is a hilarious cast of characters, including a pet cockroach and a heroic team of malfunctioning misfit robots.
May 11 – Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam (2009)
The word Taqwacore is a combination of hardcore, a genre of punk music, and taqwa, an Arabic word that translates as “piety” or “god-fearing.” The first to use the term was writer, journalist, and Muslim convert Michael Muhammad Knight. His novel The Taqwacores, about a group of young Islamic punk rockers, received a storm of recognition among young American Muslims and prompted the formation of various Muslim punk bands. Michael Knight then goes on a journey to gather together the various taqwacore bands across America to play at the Islamic Society of North America Conference to a crowd of conservative Muslims.
May 18 – The Edge (2009)
28 years after Minor Threat released the song “Straight Edge”, hundreds if not thousands of kiddies have drawn Xs on their hands with sharpies and donned camo shorts and baseball hats. The drugfree counterculture has become a worldwide phenomenon. Now, to celebrate it, a documentary has been put together. The documentary Edge traces this subculture, from its early roots in the beginning of the 1980s through in-depth interviews of 10 individuals. Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat/Fugazi), Ray Cappo (Youth of Today/Shelter) and Karl Buechner (Earth Crisis) give witness to their perception of the history of Straight Edge. Edge takes the viewer behind and beyond the scenes of Straight Edge: the people living the idea, how it changed their lives and what it means to them on a very personal level.
May 25 – Marian
A film about a Czech detention centre, shown for the first time with English subtitles.