Tagged: documentaries

October 2015: Europe or Die

2015-OctoberStarting back on Sunday 4th October with a new season for 2015 we’ve organised an evening of documentaries and debate around the current migrant crisis engulfing the European Union. We have two guest speakers (to be confirmed) coming as well as the VICE News Documentary Europe or Die (whih comprises of five separate films).

For this event we’ll be occupying the Bar Area of East Oxford Community Centre (where the Catweazel Club is normally held) and opening the doors at 6.30PM to start at 7PM sharp and finishing the evening at 10PM.

Recommended donation for the night is £5 for those of you who can afford it, £3 for concessions, or whatever you can afford to give (we’d rather you came than stayed away because you couldn’t afford it).

Help promote the night by downloading and printing our flyer/poster and displaying it in your window, your college, your workplace or your favourite local shop or café. See you there.

July 2013: Guerilla – The taking of Patty Hearst

July 2013: Guerilla - The taking of Patty Hearst posterSunday 7th July 2013
@ OARC
East Oxford Community Centre

Doors 7pm
Main feature 7.30pm
Close 10pm

£3/£2/£whatever you can afford

What better way to recover from the glorious return of the Cowley Road Carnival this Sunday than to flop into the comfy chairs at OARC to watch Guerilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst, a documentary about millionairess Patty Hearst‘s kidnapping by the American leftist Symbionese Liberation Army, her subsequent joining of the group and involvement in bank robbery.  The classic example of Stockholm Syndrome, this is an enjoyable and informative look at what happened.

As usual, we’ll be showing some short films from citizen journalists around the world from groups such as Indymedia, Reel News and Democracy Now from 7pm.  Main film starts at 7.30pm, discussion of topics raised in the film afterwards and a strict 10pm finish, adjourning to The Star in Rectory Road for a refreshing beverage and further discussions afterwards.

Note also that there’s a Carnival event on at East Oxford Community Centre (where OARC is located) featuring lots of dub and other great sounds and carribbean food on sale.  We may have a little bit of difficulty with the door before the film, but one of the Sunday Screenings crew will be on hand to smooth your entry.  So if you have problems, just wait for someone or ring the OARC bell.

May 2013: Into The Fire

BHQz1nLCIAEc3JyInto The Fire: A file about refugees and migrants in Athens, the financial crisis, and the Golden Dawn…

We’re pleased to be being joined by some of the film makers for the Oxford Premier of documentary Into The Fire with discussion and Q&A afterwards.  Before the screening they will be presentations of a number of projects: Network23 (who kindly host our blog), HacktionLab, BarnCamp and the new OxCred mutual credit scheme.

Sunday 5th May.  7pm doors for 7.30pm.  10pm close. East Oxford Community Centre.  Bar.  £5/£3

Into the Fire is a crowd-sourced investigative documentary looking at the situation of refugees and migrants in Greece, in the face of severe austerity measures and rising racism. Refugees flee their home countries on the search for safety. Due to it’s land border with Turkey, Greece is one of the main entry gates into Europe, but European legislation prevents them from moving on to other European countries.

Without housing, legal papers or support, they are faced with increasing and often violent racism. Attacks do not only target refugees, but any foreigner, including immigrants who have been in Greece for years. In spite of incendiary propaganda by the extreme right party Golden Dawn and a surge of murderous attacks, state and police seem unwilling to address the issue. Allegations of police sympathising with Golden Dawn are an open secret. The refugees address their plea for help to Greece and all of Europe: “Let us leave!”

Into the Fire is also an experiment in crowd-sourcing distribution and the film will be released on simultaneously on various websites and platforms around the Internet, including this one, on 21st April 2013.

Into The Fire Trailer and Into the Fire full film.

 

April 2013: The Arab Spring

_1365789600_631An evening of films and discussions on the
continuing uprisings across the Arab world.

The Arab Spring: Sunday 7th April 2013 . 6.40pm for 7pm to 10pm

@ OARCEast Oxford Community Centre £3 (£2)

Not only will we show two award-winning documentaries, the inspiring and intimate Zero Silence and the powerful and stunning Shouting In The Dark, but we will finish with a selection of short films bringing things up-to-date and showing where these movements are today.

As we’re showing two films, the night starts at 7pm sharp, with doors opening at about 6.40pm, and the schedule for the night is:

  • 7:00pm: Zero Silence
  • 8:00pm: —interval—
  • 8:10pm: Shouting In The Dark
  • 9:00pm: Short films – the Arab Spring lives on
  • 9:30pm: Discussion
  • 10:00pm: End

Zero Silence

A film about the revolt of a young generation for whom silence is no longer an option.

Shot in Tunisia, Egypt and Lebanon, Zero Silence follows Lilia Weslaty, Wael Abbas, Hossam El-Hamalawy, Rebecca Saade and several other activists in their struggles against authoritarian regimes. The Arab world is experiencing a wave of unprecedented popular uprisings and street demonstrations against poverty, corruption, lack of freedoms, and unemployment. We think the Internet is playing an important role in the events that are currently unfolding in the region. However, while these digital media tools have been helpful, it is the power of the young people that will bring about change. The characters in our film show that courage is contagious.

Watch: TrailerTeasers and snippets.

Bahrain: Shouting In The Dark

A mesmerizing and tragic documentary about the story of the Arab revolution that was abandoned by the Arabs, forsaken by the West and forgotten by the world.

February 2011, and the Arab Spring is in full swing. International TV cameras are lapping up events in Cairo and Tunis, celebrating the overthrow of one despotic regime after another. But out of sight, in Bahrain, another uprising is underway. Foreign journalists are banned from this island kingdom, but one undercover TV crew remained…

Watch: Trailer and interview: – Full film (warning, bit of a spoiler!)

 

March 2013: Secret City

Coat_of_Arms_of_The_City_of_London.svgA film about the City of London, the Corporation that runs it, and its role in the economic crisis…

Secret City : Sunday 3rd March 2013 . 7pm to 10pm
@ East Oxford Community Centre £5 (£3)

The City of London is an anomaly in UK democracy.  With just 7,000 permanent residents and the lowest car ownership in the country, its own police force, its arcane system of self-government with its Lord Mayor, Livery Companies and Alderman, businesses that have the right to vote and it’s direct accountability to the Crown rather than Parliament, the City houses the one of the Globe’s key financial centres and the Inns of Court, the heart of the UK’s legal system.  The City is the place where banks, brokers, insurers and other money-makers enjoy their unimpeded ascendancy.

Clement Attlee once called the City ‘another power than that which has its seat at Westminster’, where ‘those who control money can pursue a policy at home and abroad contrary to that which has been decided by the people’.

The Occupy LSX movement, which arose in 2011, once again drew public attention to the unprecedented political and financial status the City enjoys; largely unchanced since William the Conqueror’s time.  Secret City will take us on a tour of key City locations by an Occupy activist, Liam Taylor and delve into the history and mystery of the UK’s most powerful centre.

We’re pleased to have the film’s makers, Lee Salter and Michael Chanan, coming to present the film and be involved in a Q&A session afterwards.

The night will be held downstairs in the bar where Catweazel Club is normally held, so there will be refreshments on tap and in bottle for the night.

Because of the larger overheads of the screening, we are recommending a donation of £5 (£3 concessions, or whatever you can afford) for this night only.

Help to promote the film by downloading, printing and displaying our flyer.  Thanks! :)

October 2012: Gasland

Returning for our new 2012/13 season, we bring you…

Gasland: A film by Josh Fox

Sunday 7th October, 7-10pm OARC, East Oxford Community Centre £5/£3 recommended donation

“The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a “Saudia Arabia of natural gas” just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination…..

Doors open at 7PM and as usual we’ll be showing a selection of media activist and citizen journalist produced film shorts until 7.30pm.

Gasland showing starts at 7.30PM sharp after which we shall table a discussion on the various themes raised in the film.

Evening finishes at 10PM, at which juncture we may ajourn to a local ale house for continued discussion and refreshment.

OARC, East Oxford Community Centre, Princes Street, Oxford, OX4 1DD

Donations £5, £3 concessions, but nobody refused for lack of money.

Do please help us to promote the monthly screenings, download the poster for the Gasland screening, print it out and display a copy of it in your window, your place of study, your favourite café, your work, or anywhere you can.

July 2012: Catfish – Think before you click

Sunday 1st July, 7-10pm OARC, East Oxford Community Centre £3 recommended donation

Catfish is a true story for the digital age. A documentary directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, it follows Ariel’s brother Nev as he builds a romantic relationship over the social networking site Facebook.  Reminding us of the old adage that in cyberspace no one knows you’re a dog, the twists and turns in this film are nail-bitingly surprising!

Doors open at 7PM and as usual we’ll be showing a selection of media activist and citizen journalist produced film shorts until 7.30pm.

Catfish showing starts at 7.30PM sharp after which we shall table a discussion on the various themes raised in the film.

Evening finishes at 10PM, at which juncture we may ajourn to a local ale house for continued discussion and refreshment.

OARC, East Oxford Community Centre, Princes Street, Oxford, OX4 1DD

Donations £3 (nobody refused for lack of money).

Do please help us to promote the monthly screenings, download the poster for this screening, print it out and display a copy of it in your window, your place of study, your favourite café, your work, or anywhere you can.

May 2012: Taking on Tarmageddon

6th May 2012 7-10pm East Oxford Community Centre £5/£3 + bar

Following October 2011’s screening of H2Oil, we’re pleased to be holding a screening and debate of the brand-new Taking on Tarmageddon produced by local independent film outfit Campbell Road Productions in partnership with Artists Project Earth, People & Planet, Film Oxford and New Internationlist.

Producing 3-5 times the carbon emissions associated with crude oil production, the largest industrial operation on Earth, the Athabasca Oil Sands is, according to UK Student campaigning group People & Planet, almost singlehandedly putting humanity on a collision course with runaway climate change – the point where damage becomes irreversible. Beyond this, the industry is killing wildlife, destroying boreal forest and increasing cancer rates in the indigenous communities who have always lived in the area.

We shall have guests from People & Planet and the UK Tar Sands Network who were involved in the making of the film as well as the film makers to talk about the film, the tar sands and their experiences.

Please note, this is a bigger event than normal and will be held downstairs at the community centre, where there is a bar ;)

Also the recommended donation for this event is £5 (this event only), £3 for students and those with on income support or the dole, and of course, if you’re totally skint, whatever you can afford.

Evening starts at 7PM and finishes at 10PM.

OARC, East Oxford Community Centre, Princes Street, Oxford, OX4 1DD

Help us promote the night: download the flyer/poster and display it in you place of work or play or hand out to your friends.

May 5 is International Stop the Tar Sands Day.  Check Oxford Indymedia for details of a local action near you, or Be The Media for UK news and updates.

March 2012: Wake Up Call

Sunday 4th March @ 1900h

Information about obtaining the films and of coaches to London Rally on Wednesday 7th March.

After the heady heights of showing commercial films the last few months, March’s screening brings us to some gold old independent, grass-roots films when the film maker Anne-Marie Sweeney introduces us to Wake Up Call, a collection of three short films that show graphically why government plans will vandalise the NHS, fragmenting and privatising in a shocking attack on the core values of our health service and patient care to further the profits of global private health companies.

It’s not too late to act!

Presented in association with Keep Our NHS Public and Health Emergency and, as always, Oxford Indymedia.

Doors open at 7PM and we’ll be showing a selection of media activist and citizen journalist produced film shorts until 7.30pm.

Introduction by Anne-Marie and Wake Up Call showing starts at 7.30PM sharp after which we shall table a discussion on the various themes raised by the films.

Evening finishes at 10PM, at which juncture we may ajourn to a local ale house for continued discussion and refreshment.

OARC, East Oxford Community Centre, Princes Street, Oxford, OX4 1DD

Donations £3 (nobody refused for lack of money).

Help us promote the night: download the flyer/poster and display it in you place of work or play.

December 2011: DIVE! Living off America’s Waste

On Sunday 4th December starting at 7.30pm, we’ll be screening DIVE! Living Off America’s Waste.  Inspired by the curiosity about the US’s careless habit of sending food straight to landfills, the film follows Jeremy Seifert and friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of Los Angels’ supermarkets.

We will also be showing a collection of the latest independent citizen produced short films and pieces from around the web.

Doors open at 7pm, film starts promptly at 7.30pm followed by discussion.  The evening ends at just before 10pm, where we may ajourn to a local ale house for continued discussion and refreshment.

OARC, East Oxford Community Centre, Princes Street, Oxford, OX4 1DD

Donations £3 (nobody refused for lack of money).

Download and print a copy of December’s flyer to display in your window or at your place of work, study or play.

Upcoming films for the new year include:

  • 8th January 2012 – Tillsammens (trailer)
  • 5th February 2012 – V for Vendetta (not change from advertised film Catfish) (trailer)

For more details of the next films, download and print our January-February 2012 flyer.

November 2011: All Power to the People

On Sunday 6th November starting at 7.30pm, we present All Power to the People, the story of the Black Panthers, a prominent group in the Black Power movement: their origins, their grassroots community work, their willingness to confront police brutality and racism, and the extreme tactics used by the government to crush them.

Doors open at 7pm, film starts promptly at 7.30pm followed by discussion.  The evening ends at just before 10pm, where we may ajourn to a local ale house for continued discussion and refreshment.

OARC, East Oxford Community Centre, Princes Street, Oxford, OX4 1DD

Donations £3 (nobody refused for lack of money).

 

October 2011: H2Oil

On Sunday 2nd October starting at 7.30pm, in association with the UK Tar Sands Network, we present the documentary film H2Oil

Welcome to the largest industrial site in human history. Covering an area larger than England, Canada’s tar sands mean the country is second only to Saudi Arabia in oil deposits.

As Canada rushes towards a largescale extraction, the social, ecological and human impacts are hitting a crisis point. In only a few short years the continent will be a crisscross of pipelines, reaching from the Arctic all the way to the southern US, leaving toxic water basins the size of Lake Ontario, and surface-mines as large as Florida.

With hope and courage H2Oil tells the story of one of the most significant, and destructive projects of our time.

We will be pleased to have Emily Coats from the UK Tar Sands Network to come and present H2Oil and host a discussion on this most destructive of projects.  Emily Coats works as a campaign assistant with the UK Tar Sands Network. Emily’s most recent project was the innovative ‘BP White Swan’, an interventionist piece of classical ballet based on Swan Lake, which interrupted a BP-sponsored event to challenge the company’s involvement in the tar sands.

Doors open at 7pm, film starts promptly at 7.30pm followed by discussion.  The evening ends at just before 10pm, where we may ajourn to a local ale house for continued discussion and refreshment.

OARC, East Oxford Community Centre, Princes Street, Oxford, OX4 1DD

Donations £3 (nobody refused for lack of money).

Please help promote this film by downloading the poster and displaying it wherever you can.

September 2011: Inside Job

The film that cost $20,000,000,000,000 to make, Inside job is a film about the global economic crisis of 2008, which cost tens of millions of people their savings, their jobs and their homes and how it happened.  The financial crisis is still going on….

Sunday 4th September, 2011

Doors 7pm, film starts 7.30pm followed by discussion.

OARC, East Oxford Community Centre, Princes Street, Oxford, OX4 1DD

Donations £3 (nobody refused for lack of money).

Please help promote this film by downloading the poster and displaying it wherever you can.

June 2011: RIP! A Remix Manifesto


RIP! A Remix Manifesto
Join OARC for a Sunday Screening on 5th June. Does sharing music make you a pirate? Should remixing our common cultural heritage be illegal? Doesn’t human knowledge belong to the world?

Web activist and filmmaker Brett Gaylor explores issues of copyright in the information age, mashing up the media landscape of the 20th century and shattering the wall between users and producers.

Trailer and downloads at: http://ripremix.com/