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!)


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.

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 CultureShop.org, and both films are watchable on-line: