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.


December 2012: Be prepared! The G8 is coming to town (again).

Sunday 2nd December 2012

The G8 will be coming to town, well the country again, next year.  We thought we’d show a retrospective of short films from previous G8 summits  and other past mass mobilisations, to help people prepare for what may be coming to our shores next year.

Covering three notorious previous G8 summits, Genoa 2001, Gleneagles 2005 and Germany 2007, the films are brought to you by a number of well respected video activist groups including Camcorder Guerillas, Reel News, Indymedia, Undercurrents and Beyond TV.

We’ll show a round up of the latest films from the streets from around the World up until the main screening starts, and discuss and debate some of the topics raised during the evening before adjourning for an ale at a local public house.

Doors 7pm . Main films start 7.30pm . 10pm Close

Recommended donation £3 / £2 concessions / whatever you can afford.

OARC, East Oxford Community Centre, Cowley Rd, OX4 1DD

Want to help promote the night?  Stop G8 December 2012 Flyer?

November 2012: Reel News special

Sunday 4th November 2012 brings us…

Reel News show reel – Remember Afghanistan and other films

(note change of film from previously announced*)

Doors 7pm . Feature 7.30pm . 10pm Close

OARC, East Oxford Community Centre, Cowley Rd, OX4 1DD

£5/£3 recommended donation (or whatever you can afford)

Replacing Even the Rain*, we’re pleased to be showing the latest reel of citizen journalism news from around the world from Reel News.  The films we’ll be showing are:

15 Million Afghans – The harsh economic reality of everyday life in Kabul, and the people’s growing anger at its government and their western sponsors.

When NATO came to town – Soldiers renounce the war on terror and throw their medals back at the NATO summit protests in Chicago.

United by Love – Divided by Teresa May -Home Office protest over new restrictions on family members of British citizens entering the country.

Making Ends Meet– Barcelona: new models of organising and protesting against the politics of austerity

Asturian Miners strike – Faced with thousands of job losses, the miners in Spain go on strike using the most militant tactics seen so far in the struggle against austerity.

Miners march to Madrid – The miners march for 18 days from Asturias, to be greeted by thousands of supporters in Madrid.

Doors open at 7PM and as usual we’ll be showing a selection of citizen journalist film shorts hopefully reporting from the streets about the financial crisis in Europe until 7.30pm.

Main Reel News showing starts at 7.30PM sharp after which we shall table a discussion on the various themes raised in the films.

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

Do help us to promote the monthly screenings, let people know about this web site and more imporantly tell them to come along!  Download the poster and stick it in your window.

 * we were originally planning to show Even the Rain.  We were contacted by the distributors, Dogwoof, who pointed out to us that a screening licence for the film would be £100.  As a small non-profit project we are unable to cover the costs as we only take donations on the night to go towards the running of the OARC community space.  Therefore we had to decline and show something else, meaning that Even the Rain doesn’t get seen.  You can buy it for the normal channels of course.

April 2012: Breaking the Fences

April 1st 2012 7-10PM East Oxford Community Centre £3 suggested donation.

Short films on freedom of movement, migration controls, and resistance.
A fundraiser to support action against deportation.

Doors open at 7pm and we’ll start by showing an array of 3-minute interviews with people involved in the “Arab Spring” uprisings and
movements – a preview of a future screening on the subject.

Our main feature (7:30pm-9:30pm, incl. interval) is an inspiring and
action-packed selection of short films focusing on the border regimes of
Fortress Europe and the movements challenging them.

We’ll end with an opportunity for open discussion, and wrap up around 10pm.

Proceeds from the night will be split between:
Oxford Action Resource Centre:
…providing space and resources for grassroots local activism
and Stop Deportation Network:
…taking direct action to stop deportations.
If you can’t come to the screening but would like to make a donation to
support action against deportation, find out more, or get involved, email

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

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

Help us promote the night – email a link to this page to your friends – and display it in your place of work or play.

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.

May 2011: Whatever happened to the anti-globalisation movement?

Whatever happened to the anti-globalisation movement? Did it vanish in the aftermath of 9-11 neo-con anti-terror policy? Was it swallowed up by the climate change movement? Or is it live and well in a myriad of different actions and groups battling against corporate dominance of our planet and people?

This evening well be showing the classic Guerrilavision films Big Rattle in Seattle, Capital’s Ill and Crowd Bites Wolf, covering the mass protests that disrupted the global conferences of the WTO in Seattle in September 2009 and the IMF and World Bank in Washington and Prague the following year. Lots of chaos and disruption, lots of great and at times very funny coverage, lots of flying objects, lots of cops getting heavily tooled up, and the ritual smashing up of your favourite fast-food restaurant to boot… if this doesn’t get you out on the streets….

The showing will be followed by a debate and reflexion on where the movement is today and whether we can learn from the approach? Have we moved on or have we lost direction?

April 2011: The Battle of Trafalgar (1990)

On the 6th April we showed two films that told the story of the Poll Tax riots that happened in Trafalgar Square in 1990, Battle of Trafalgar and Poll Tax Revolt.

A review of the showing can be read at Oxford Indymedia.

Copies of Battle of Trafalgar can be bought from, and both films are watchable on-line: