at the New Theatre · 43 East Essex Street · Dublin D02 XH96           

Patron: George Morrison

Admission free. (Donations welcome.)

Saturday 13 February

Women and the Environment
Not one but two big documentaries
in association with Friends of the Earth
2:30 p.m.
Solar Mamas

Solar Mamas tells the story of Rafea, a Jordanian Bedouin mother who is given the opportunity to study in the Barefoot College in India and become a solar engineer, capable of bringing power to her village. She attends the course, which brings together twenty-seven women from all over the world. All from poor backgrounds, they are mothers and grandmothers and mostly illiterate. The film also examines the tension between Rafea and her husband, who wants her home and threatens to take everything away from her unless she returns.

4 p.m.
Line in the Sand

Line in the Sand is an independent documentary about the conflict surrounding the construction of the Northern Gateway pipeline, particularly environmental concerns. The construction of this pipeline has become a controversial issue: advocates argue that it will create more jobs and provide a source of domestic energy, but activists are worried about the pipeline’s environmental and health risks. The film records the opinions and personal stories of Canadians directly affected. Some are worried about effects to water sources on the land, while others want to protect Native grounds.

Sunday 13 March

Historic first screening together of Mise Éire and Saoirse?
2:30 p.m.
Note venue: Liberty Hall (Eden Quay, Dublin)

On Sunday 13 March we join with Reclaim the Vision of 1916 for a historic first screening together of George Morrison’s Mise Éire and Saoirse?—as the director intended.
     George, who is the patron of our club, has agreed to be present and will receive a presentation to honour his contribution to the world of cinema. Peadar Ó Riada, son of the legendary Seán Ó Riada, will reprise some of the music written by his father for the films.
     The event will take place in the presence of the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.
     It would be advisable to book as soon as possible, particularly as a previous George Morrison event this year was completely booked out. Tickets can be booked for €10 at
We have recently received another of the limited prints of James Larkin by the renowned artist Robert Ballagh. This is one of a limited print run of a hundred, and the price is €200 (unframed) or €300 (framed). All proceeds go to the the Progressive Film Club. If you are interested in purchasing this print, e-mail

 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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