Tuesday 26th November
An insight into the end of British Mandate Palestine.
This is a rare chance to see remarkable footage from the British colonial era. Francis Gooding presents Portrait of Palestine (1946) produced by the British Colonial Office in the lead up to the end of the British Mandate in Palestine. Describing the footage as a ‘standard piece of propaganda’ Francis will present a close reading of the archival records, in order to unpick the motivations behind the making of the film. Why did the British decide to make such a film just two months before ‘responsibility’ for Palestine was handed to the UN ?
Followed by an audience discussion.
Delicious Middle-Eastern food from the bar!
Doors open 7pm, event starts: 7.30pm. Free entry/donations.
at Passing Clouds, 1 Richmond Road, Dalston E8 4AA
CATASTROPHE CLUB: Film and discussion events
Tuesday 29th October
When greening is an act of obliteration…
As a child in South Africa, writer/narrator Heidi Grunebaum put her pennies in a JNF (Jewish National Fund) box to help build a forest in Israel. Twenty years later she revisits the forest she helped finance, only to find that it was not a project for growth but rather one that would disguise deliberate obliteration of the Palestinian village Lubya, by Zionist forces in 1948.
Prompted by a questioning of what it meant to be complicit with Apartheid, the film tackles the question of responsibility in light of the erasure of the village.
“Village Under the Forest” is directed by South African filmmaker, Mark Kaplan and written and narrated by Cape Town based Jewish scholar and author Heidi Grunebaum.
Plus: We are delighted to welcome Selma James, founder member of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) for an audience discussion following the film
Tuesday 25th June at 7.30
Palestinians show ID cards to Israeli policemen inside bus in Jerusalem.
For tonight’s special event, Adah Kay will present projections from Ariella Azoulay’s study of archive photographs ‘From Palestine to Israel’ and discuss the continuous process of Palestinian denationalisation and dedevelopment from 1948 until today.
Adah ‘s recent book ‘Unfree in Palestine’ shockingly exposes the process by which millions of Palestinians have been denationalised by the web of bureaucracy, discrimination, blacklisting and induced transfer that Israeli authorities have used to control the Palestinian population. The book calls for international justice and inclusive security – in place of discrimination and division.
Adah Kay will present her new book at Catastrophe Club
Tuesday 28 May 7.30
A rare screening of ‘PATU’, followed by a discussion.
“Patu” is a startling documentary record of the mass civil disobedience that took place throughout New Zealand during the winter of 1981, in protest against a South African rugby tour. It is a landmark in New Zealand’s film history, and marks a moment when New Zealand was torn in two by the 1981 Springbok rugby tour over the issue of racism and indigenous rights.
With its highly-charged images of mass pitch invasions and clashes between police and anti-tour marchers, Patu firmly sided with the later, and is passionate, activist film-making at its most compelling.
The director: Maori filmmaker Merata Mita was the first woman to direct a feature-length documentary in New Zealand, and also directed the feature-film ‘Maori’.
DISCUSSION: Anti-Apartheid: South Africa, Israel and Sporting Boycotts Professor Jonathan Rosenhead (BRICUP chair), on the anti-Apartheid ‘Stop the Tour’ campaigns of the 70′s & 80′s, with Michael Deas, BDS National Committee (BNC) for Palestinian rights on ‘Kick Israeli Racism out of UEFA‘. All welcome!
Tuesday 30th April
“This is Not a Subject for Comedy“ is a one-man show written and performed by Ivor Dembina, the Jewish comedian whose 60-minute ‘story with jokes’ tells us how he was brought up in North London’s mainstream Jewish community but how his visits to the West Bank forced him change his views about Israel-Palestine.
The show will be followed by a conversation on Jewish opposition to Zionism with Ivor and Hackney resident and co-editor of the Jewish Socialist Magazine, Simon Lynn .
Tuesday 26th March
‘Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975′ is a compilation film featuring extraordinary footage of the black power movement’s struggle against US racism, injustice and the colonial wars of the late 1960′s while building alternative forms of social solidarity and education. Rare, intimate interviews feature alongside rousing speeches from figures including Stokely Carmichael and Angela Davis – this film shines a light on one of the most important political movements of the last century.
Following the screening, guest speaker Margaret Henry, film producer at Postcolonial Films, will be in conversation with Stella Dadzie, co-founder of OWAAD (Organisation of Women of African and Asian Descent), to reflect on their experiences and the legacies of these movements, as well as on cross-cultural, cross-historical dimensions. Come and join the discussion!
Many apologies to those who were turned away at the door for the screening of ”5 Broken Cameras” due to the venue being full to capacity. We have arranged a repeat screening for this popular event, this time with a reservation system to avoid disappointment.