22 February 2009
Jerusalem: East Side Story (2008)
Directed by Muhammad al‐Atar. In 1948 the western part of Jerusalem, capital city of Palestine, was captured by zionists; in 1967 the eastern part was taken into Israeli occupation. Since then Israel has pursued “Jewish demographic superiority” in Jerusalem, as elsewhere, driving out Muslims and Christians and denying their history, identity, and land rights. This film includes interviews with Palestinian people, Israeli settlers, and human‐rights activists. A member of the Ireland‐Palestine Solidarity Campaign will introduce the film.
Sunday 1 March 2009
Walking the Line (2008) Directed by Jeremy Levine and Landon van Soest. This film follows the members of heavily armed vigilante organisations in the United States as they hunt down illegal immigrants from Mexico, hundreds of whom die or are killed every year
Sunday 13 July 2008
A compelling film that explores the role of women in traditional Indian society. It is set in the 1930s, when Hindu widows were often condemned to live in an ashram or “widows’ house,” where they led a life of little comfort and little hope. But some rebelled, including eight-year-old Chuyia, who becomes a widow after the death of her elderly husband. ■ Directed by Deepa Mehta.
Sunday 29 June 2008
Venezuela Bolivariana: People and Struggle of the Fourth World War (2004)
Venezuela Bolivariana looks at the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela as part of the worldwide movement against globalisation. It shows the evolution of the popular movement from the “Caracazo” demonstrations of 1989 to the massive actions that brought the revolutionary president, Hugo Chávez, back to power forty-eight hours after a US-led coup in 2002. The film ends with an epilogue that shows how the Venezuelan people are not only fighting against the oligarchy and imperialism but are exercising people’s power in the “revolution within the Revolution.” ■ Directed by Marcelo Andrade Arreaza.
Sunday 15 June 2008
Days of Glory (2006)
A drama about the plight of North African soldiers who fought for France in the Second World War. It follows a company of Algerian soldiers who fight against fascist Germany in Morocco and Italy and then in France, where their sacrifices for the “Motherland” are rewarded with discrimination. ■ Directed by Rachid Bouchareb.
Sunday 16 March 2008
Fast Food Nation (2006)
A drama loosely based on the book by Eric Schlosser. A researcher goes to the slaughterhouse that supplies the meat for America’s best-selling hamburgers. There he discovers that the industrial production of food involves not only contamination but the exploitation of illegal immigrants as well as other abuses. ■ Written and directed by Richard Linklater.
Sunday 9 March 2008
I Saw Ben Barka Get Killed (2004)
A dramatised account of a notorious political scandal. The Moroccan intellectual and national liberation leader Mehdi Ben Barka disappeared in 1965 after being picked up by the French police in Paris. The official account was that nothing was known about the incident; but the involvement of the criminal world together with the French police tells a different story. ■ Written and directed by Serge Le Péron.
Sunday 2 March 2008
Sisters in Law (2005)
A fascinating and sometimes amusing documentary that follows the work of a state prosecutor, Vera Ngassa, and court president, Beatrice Ntuba, as they help women in Cameroon fight difficult cases of marital abuse, despite pressure from families and the community to remain silent. ■ Directed by Kim Longinotto and Florence Ayisi.
Sunday 15 March 2009
Paralelo 36 [Latitude 36] (2005)
Directed by José Luis Tirado. Latitude 36, which passes through the Straits of Gibraltar, constitutes the border between Spain and Morocco. This is a dramatised documentary about clandestine immigrants from North Africa and the brutal fate awaiting them in Spain. In Spanish and Arabic, with English subtitles.