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.

Admission free. (Donations welcome.)

Saturday 28 March

3 p.m.

In August 1971 eleven unarmed civilians were murdered by British paratropers in Ballymurphy, Belfast. This film documents this tragic event, offering testimony from families and friends as well as commentary from witnesses and leading politicians, including Gerry Adams and George Galloway. There are similarities with the Bloody Sunday atrocity, which occurred only months after this one.  Directed by Seán Murray.  Running time: 38 minutes.

3:45 p.m.
500 Miles to Babylon

Filmed by the independent film-maker David Martinez in 2003 during the early days of the US occupation of Iraq, this film portrays the hopes and fears of ordinary Iraqis as they are caught up in events over which they have little or no control. Shot on public transport and in the street, it is an antidote to the triumphalist accounts that we became used to hearing from the likes of CNN and Fox News. The quick descent into absolute chaos is well captured in this fly-on-the-wall film.

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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 · 2015

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