Wednesday 19th, 7 – 9pm @ the Pearce Institute, 840 Govan Rd (opposite Govan underground)
Dir Jasmine Dellal, 1hr 50 mins, (cert PG)
This celebratory musical documentary follows five Romani bands from four countries who unite for the “Gypsy Caravan” – a six week tour around the USA. As well as capturing riveting and beautiful stage performances the film takes us behind the scenes, into the tour bus and back to the home places of the musicians and dancers. In surprisingly intimate footage shot in Macedonia, Romania, India and Spain we learn more of the individual, family and community lives of people whose culture crosses national boundaries. As they tour together they learn from each other sharing their joys and difficulties, speaking of experiences of prejudice and discovering more about the richness of their shared heritage. Definitely a fists up for Roma pride!
Saturday 22nd , 7 – 10pm @ the Pearce Institute, 840 Govan Rd (opposite Govan underground)
Dirs Ken Fero & Tariq Mehmood
Between 1969 and 1999 over 1000 people died in police custody in England. Not one police officer has been convicted for any of these deaths. Injustice shows how these people met violent deaths at the hands of the police and how the families of the dead came together to fight for the truth. Since its release the police tried to censor the film by threatening legal action at cinemas but the film-makers refused to stop screening the film and took it on a national tour. Injustice has been described as the most politically controversial UK film of recent years and has now gained an international reputation and numerous awards. Despite this success UK television has banned the film.
Saturday 5th, 7 – 9 pm, CCA cinema space , 350 Sauciehall St (nearest tubes – cowcaddens & st georges cross)
Misc short films made by people of colour from all around the world, including the UK premiere of ‘African Booty Scratcher’ by Nikyatu Jusu, ‘Be Roma or die tryin’ & ‘Hidden Herstories‘
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Dir James Spooner, 1hr 6 mins
Afro-Punk explores race identity within the punk scene. More than your everyday, Behind the Music or typical “black history month” documentary this film tackles the hard questions, such as issues of loneliness, exile, inter-racial dating and black power. AP follows the lives of four people who have dedicated themselves to the punk rock lifestyle. They find themselves in conflicting situations, living the dual life of a person of color in a mostly white community. Featuring music of Afro-Punk performances by Bad Brains, Tamar Kali, Cipher, and Ten Grand and exclusive interviews by members of Fishbone, 247-spyz, Dead Kennedys, Candiria, Orange 9mm and TV on the Radio to name a few.
WHITE LIES, BLACK SHEEP
Dir James Spooner
**Exclusive UK premiere **
A.J, real name Ajamu Talib, Brooklyn born and bred yet outcast by his peers, his only escape was music. A.J. found freedom in rock n roll. He begins to find that his chosen community, the white rock world, only seems to run smoothly for white rockers. A series of events force him to recognize hisfriends both exotify him and are in denial of his blackness. Black, but not “really” black. What’s a young black rocker to do?
INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY EVENT
**There is also a possibility, dependent on funding, of a Q & A discussion with Katalin Barsony & Marion Kurucz from Mundi Romani and screenings of their work along with music & workshops.
Wednesday 16th, 7 – 9pm @ the Pearce Institute, 840 Govan Rd (opposite Govan underground)
ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE
Dir Lew Lee, 1hr 55mins, (no cert)
A passionate and informative historical documentary of the birth and growth of the black power movement in the U.S.A. Moving though the earlier civil rights movement and neighbourhood revolts it charts the growth of black consciousness and self organisation via contemporary interviews and film footage from the times. Focusing on the Black Panther Party it reveals how it inspired the struggles of other oppressed social groups, such as First Nations, Japanese, Latino & Asian peoples in the US , with their free breakfast program for kids, 10 point program for black freedom and armed self-defence against racist violence. Gives some inside info on the infamous FBI Cointelpro campaign to bring down the Black Panther Party and reflects on its lasting legacy..
Thursday 17th, 7 – 10pm, CCA cinema space , 350 Sauciehall St (nearest tubes – cowcaddens & st georges cross)
BONITA & PURA VIDA
Dir Jan Nimmo, 25 min & 29 min
Jan Nimmo had been visiting Latin America for 10 years before making Bonita : Ugly Bananas (2004 – 25min) in co-operation with FENACLE, a local trade union. It follows workers living on a banana plantation in Ecuador beginning to organise against great odds to improve their lot. Then in 2006 she completed Pura Vida? in co-operation with SITRAP, a local trade union, which shows something of the reality behind Costa Rica’s ”tourist friendly” image. Local people passionately speak out and organise to expose and end the pollution and damage to their health and environment caused by the pineapple and banana industries.
You can find out more at Greengold/Oro verde
SALUD Y SOLIDARIDAD
by Camcorder guerillas
Filmed in Mexico, Chiapas region in the 16th February municipality which is twinned with the Edinburgh Chiapas Solidarity Group(ECSG). It is one of 38 Autonomous Municipalities where the Zapatista indigeneous people are creating a new world. Local people have taken control of the land, schools and health care, and run things though a system of grass-roots democracy. In many communities state officials and private businesses are unable to set foot
**With Jan Nimmo & and a speaker from Edinburgh Chiapas Solidarity group discussing the respective struggles & giving updates on the situations.
Saturday 9th, 7 – 9pm @ the CCA (Centre for Contemporary Arts)
DIGITAL DESPERADOS PREMIERE NIGHT!
350 Sauchiehall Street
Digital Desperados presents the fruits of our 2 month intensive film course ……… airports, androids, talking eggs , genetics, brown noise, psychic surgery, trafficked girls, police brutality, surveillance, gluttony, migration, maggie cheung fantasies, blackfist, banshees & queens
*Friday 13th, 6pm,
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, FLORIDA
& various other stateside locations, presented by Jackie Wang.
*Friday 27th May @ ACE in Edinburgh…….7 – 9pm……FREE
17 west montgomery place, edinburgh EH7 5HA
*a cinema space where dogs are welcome!
We present an exciting programme of Digital Desperados films from 2009 & 2011.
viewers should know that some films contain scenes of a sexually explicit nature
HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISM AND FILMMAKING EVENT
*Sunday 26th @ GFT in Glasgow, 3pm……..FREE
12 Rose street, Glasgow G3 6RB
Screenings & panel discussion with Camcorder Guerillas, Diversity Films & US! ENVOI made by Elaine Castillo will be screened alongside other films made by local film-makers.
*Saturday 9th, 10pm @ Entzaubert, in Berlin………….FREE