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 25 October

Green Day

Films on the challenge to the environment
We are now back after our summer break and begin our new programme on Saturday 25 October. The first event is devoted to environmental issues.

Admission free—Donations welcome

3 p.m.The Last Ice Merchant

Running time: 15 minutes.
Chimborazo, 20,700 feet above sea level, is the tallest mountain in Ecuador and, because of its proximity to the equator, is the closest point on Earth to the Sun. Twice a week for more than half a century Baltazar Ushca has hiked up the slopes of Mount Chimborazo to harvest glacial ice, which covers the highest altitudes of this dormant volcano. In the past up to forty ice merchants made the journey up the mountain to mine the ice; today, however, Baltazar works alone. The Last Ice Merchant tells a story of cultural change through the eyes of three brothers who have dealt with change in different ways.
3:30 p.m.The Wisdom to Survive

Directed by John Ankele and Anne Macksoud. Running time: 60 minutes.
The Wisdom to Survive accepts the consensus of scientists that climate change has already arrived and asks, What is keeping us from action? It explores how unlimited growth and greed are destroying the life-support system of the planet, the social fabric of society, and the lives of billions of people. The film examines the challenges that climate change poses and discusses meaningful action that can be taken by individuals and communities. Will we have the wisdom to survive? The film features activists in the realms of science, economics, and spirituality, discussing how we can evolve and take action in the face of climate disruption.

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   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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