Friday 19th, 7 pm @ Garnethill Multicultural Centre, 21 Rose street (opposite the car park up from the GFT)
NOBODY KNOWS ABOUT PERSIAN CATS
Dir Bahman Ghobadi, 1hr 43 mins, (cert 12)
The film follows two young musicians who have just been released from prison. The pair befriends a man named Nader, an underground music enthusiast and producer, who helps them travel around Tehran and its surrounding areas. This way they meet other underground musicians and listen to their sounds with the hope of forming a band and leaving the country. The film highlights many of the legal and cultural challenges independent musicians and generally Iranian youth face in Iran’s severely confined government.
Saturday 20th, 1.30 – 5pm @ the Pearce Institute, 840 Govan Rd, Govan,
(opposite Govan underground)
KANEHSATAKE: 270 YRS OF RESISTANCE
Dir Alanis Obomswain, 1hr 59mins,
(no cert., probably not suitable for younger viewers)
On a July day in 1990, a confrontation propelled Native issues in Kanehsatake and the village of Oka, Quebec, into the international spotlight. Alanis Obomsawin spent 78 nerve-wracking days and nights filming the armed stand-off between the Mohawks, the Quebec police and the Canadian army. This powerful documentary takes you right into the action of an age-old First Nation struggle over land and the right to self-determination. It also manages to summarise some of its history and give a sense of the characters of individuals involved, capturing some moments that make your heart open.
Drawing inspiration from this struggle a discussion about reclaiming public space both locally & globally will follow. This will feature speakers Yasmine Brien from Kebele in Bristol – a self-managed community centre that was occupied at first and is now fully owned by its users – & a local representative from Govanhill baths Community trust/ the Kinning Park centre.
Thursday 25th, 7 – 10pm @ the Pearce Institute, 840 Govan Rd (opposite Govan underground)
IRANIAN SHORT FILMS
**Yassamine Mather, herself exiled from Iran due to the political climate, will speak representing H.O.P.I. (Hands of the People of Iran). Yassamine will talk about both the current possibility of the U.S.A. waging war against Iran and past and present governments and political movements of Iran and how all of these affect life for Iranian people themselves, including women. She will then be available for Q & A and to take part in discussion.
Wednesday 1st, 7 – 10.30pm, (cert PG), CCA cinema space , 350 Sauciehall St (nearest tubes – cowcaddens & st georges cross)
OPEN SOURCE DISCUSSION & SITA SINGS THE BLUES
Nina Paley, 1hr 22mins, film starts 9pm
First up is a DISCUSSION on copyright and intellectual ownership sparked off by our panel: Nina Moeller, Simon Yuill & Sacha Kahir who will bring their experiences of intellectual copyright, open source film-making and the plant patenting-resistance movement in Ecuador.
SITA SINGS THE BLUES
Dir. Nina Paley (2009) 1hr 22mins (cert. PG)
This gorgeously coloured animation retells the story, that features in the ancient Indian epic Ramayana, of Sita a Goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. It is also a contemporary story of the director who moves to India to be with her love only for him to dump her by email… thus we have the movie billed as the “the Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told.” Three shadow puppets voiced by Aseem Chhabra, Bhavana Nagulapally and Manish Acharya retell the ancient story from memory, sometimes disagreeing on the details along the way! This is an open source film which means that it is completely free to screen, distribute & sell. More details are available on www.sitasingstheblues.com
**The first ten people into the film get a free dvd copy!
Saturday 4th, 7 – 8pm, CCA cinema space , 350 Sauciehall St (nearest tubes – cowcaddens & st georges cross)
(queer people of colour)
Misc shorts made by and about QPOCs, including
HOMOTOPIA, VAGUING IN OPPIDANUS, FAMILY AND MORE
…Too many to tell all in detail but can kick it off with a description of Homotopia: Set sometime in the future-present Homotopia chronicles a group of radical queer’s dedicated to exposing the trouble with gay marriage, dismantling the State, undoing Empire, while looking totally fierce. Woven into the story of Yoshi’s adventures in love, resistance, and sex, is a critique of the crushing violence of homonormativity and its deadly perpetuation of US patriotism, conservative kinship structures and affective accumulation. Homotopia holds cinematic assumptions hostage through its motley assemblage of never-passing crew. Race, gender, ability and desire are reworked through an anti-colonial take of queer struggle creating a visual rhythm of melancholic utopianism that knows there may be no future but still hopes today is not their last. “Love revolution, not State delusion, Homotopia.”