at the New Theatre · 43 East Essex Street · Dublin 2

Patron: George Morrison

Welcome to the Progressive Film Club. We are a voluntary organisation dedicated to showing progressive films from all over the world. Struggles for people’s rights, for the rights of workers, of immigrants, of women, for national liberation and for social justice are some of the themes of the outstanding films we have selected. Showings—usually one all-day show per month—are at the New Theatre in East Essex Street.

Saturday 26 July

Cuba Day

Commemorating the life and work of Bernie Dwyer
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Admission free—Donations welcome

2 p.m.Mission Against Terror
 This award-winning documentary tells the story of the “Cuban Five,” who were imprisoned in the United States for trying to stop acts of terrorism against their homeland, Cuba. Their crime: protecting their country and people against terrorism. They were arrested on 12 September 1998 and subjected to a trial that the American civil rights lawyer Leonard Weinglass called a “violation” from start to finish.  Directed by Bernie Dwyer and Roberto Ruiz Rebo.
3 p.m.One Man’s Story: Philip Agee, Cuba, and the CIA
 One Man’s Story presents the dark side of US foreign policy. The film allows the former CIA agent Philip Agee to tell his captivating story—supported by excellent archival material—of covert, as well as open, US operations in Latin America. Philip Agee was to become one of the most important whistleblowers of our era.  Directed by Bernie Dwyer and Roberto Ruiz Rebo.
3 p.m.The Day Diplomacy Died
 In the spring of 2003 the American media made hay over the jailing of seventy-five so-called “independent journalists” in Cuba. Here is the true story behind the headlines. The Day Diplomacy Died tells the story of four former Cuban agents who sacrificed years of their lives, working undercover to expose the truth. Here they speak out for the first time on film about why the Cuban government locked up those “independent journalists.”  Directed by Bernie Dwyer and Roberto Ruiz Rebo.

   Dáithí Mac an Mháistir gives an interview to Citywide about the Progressive Film Club.


Submit your films Independent film-makers are invited to submit their films. If they are suitable, we can organise a showing in the New Theatre, together with publicity.

CINEMA POLITICAThe Progressive Film Club is affiliated to Cinema Politica, an international network of community and college clubs that screen independent political films. Based in Montréal, Cinema Politica operates an alternative distribution and exhibition network, run entirely by volunteers and financed by donations and by support from the Canada Council for the Arts.

The Progressive Film Club is also affiliated to Access Cinema, the resource organisation for regional cultural cinema exhibition in Ireland. Access Cinema books and despatches films on behalf of its member-groups. It gives its affiliates the opportunity to see a range of world cinema not usually available on commercial cinema screens, and also supports the work of Irish filmmakers.ACCESS CINEMA

   The Progressive Film Club receives assistance from Dublin City Council.

Details of our earlier shows: 2008 · 2009 · 2010 · 2011 · 2012 · 2013 · 2014

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