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January 2015

Concerning Violence: Nine Scenes of Anti-Imperialist Defense

Fri, January 30, 2015 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Verso Books, 20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY 112101 United States
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Free

The settler makes history and is conscious of making it. And because he constantly refers to the history of his mother country, he clearly indicates that he himself is the extension of that mother country. Thus the history which he writes is not the history of the country which he plunders but the history of his own nation in regard to all that she skims off, all that she violates and starves. —Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth Continuing…

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September 2015

The Factory, a film by Rahul Roy

Mon, September 28, 2015 @ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$6.00 – $15.00

“The production process had to become a very important element,” director Rahul Roy says. “That was a huge challenge.... How do you create a narrative around the production process without putting people to sleep?”
The Factory traces the monumental struggle of Indian auto workers of Maruti Suzuki, Manesar in their historic fight to form a union.

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October 2015

Resistencia: The Fight for Aguan Valley

Fri, October 16, 2015 @ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$6.00 – $15.00

When a 21st century coup d'etat overthrows the only president they ever believed in, Honduran farmers take over the plantations. They have no plans to ever give them back.

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April 2019

Tout Va Bien: Screening with Discussion

Fri, April 26, 2019 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The People’s Forum, 320 West 37th Street
New York, NY United States
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$6 – $15

“Tout Va Bien insists on class struggle throughout but is mainly about radicalizing its stars. Their role in the factory is to look and learn. Indeed, Godard and Gorin upped the class-resentment ante by having the striking workers played not by real workers but by unemployed actors.”              —J. Hoberman, for Criterion, Tout Va Bien Revisited

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June 2019

Final Friday Film: Camp de Thiaroye

Fri, June 28, 2019 @ 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The People’s Forum, 320 West 37th Street
New York, NY United States
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$6 – $15

In Camp de Thiaroye the tirailleurs use the traditional, highly rhetorical, almost theatrical, mode of debate of their various societies, but adapt this ritual form to the only language they have in common: the pidgin which the French insultingly call “petit nègre”, a language which is both a result and a tool of colonial exploitation. Here it is revealed as having a potential for eloquence, allowing it to become a moving medium for the articulation of feelings, needs, grievances and resistance, and thus ultimately for the development of the tirailleurs‘ collective political awareness and consciousness of themselves as Africans.

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July 2019

Final Friday Film: Happy-Go-Lucky

Fri, July 26, 2019 @ 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
The People’s Forum, 320 West 37th Street
New York, NY United States
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$6 – $15

When Poppy takes driving lessons for the first time, her positive attitude contrasts starkly with her gloomy, intolerant and cynical driving instructor, Scott. He is emotionally repressed, has anger problems and becomes extremely agitated by Poppy's casual attitude towards driving. As Poppy gets to know him, it becomes evident that Scott believes in conspiracy theories. His beliefs are partly attributable to his racist and misogynistic views, which make it hard for him to get along with others. Scott seems to be angered by Poppy's sunny personality and what he perceives as a lack of responsibility and concern for driving safety.

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September 2019

Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment

Fri, September 27, 2019 @ 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
The People’s Forum, 320 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018
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$6 – $15

Morgan is both of its time and points forward to the darker popular culture that would ensue later that year and into 1968, the year of international youth revolution. Indeed, its popularity among the young may well have facilitated this radicalization, certainly within Britain. The film's depiction of madness is deliberately ambivalent. The inner logic of Morgan’s statements and his sure self-knowledge, as well as his rejection of the consumer society’s superficial trappings, mark him as the only sane character. —Jon Savage, The Guardian

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October 2019

Kurosawa’s The Bad Sleep Well

Fri, October 25, 2019 @ 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The People’s Forum, 320 West 37th Street
New York, NY United States
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$6 – $15

A young executive hunts down his father’s killer in the scathing The Bad Sleep Well. Continuing his legendary collaboration with actor Toshiro Mifune, Kurosawa combines elements of Hamlet and American film noir to chilling effect in exposing the corrupt boardrooms of postwar corporate Japan.

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December 2019

Bertolucci’s 1900

Fri, December 20, 2019 @ 1:00 PM - 7:30 PM
The People’s Forum, 320 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018
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$6 – $15

The thick-layered chronicle doesn't sweep across time so much as it escorts the audience through indelible composite events that bristle with personal, social, and political characteristics….Since 1900 has come to stand as an organic cinematic journey through chapters of a rich apocryphal history that evinces an ongoing struggle between the world's rich elite and everyone else.”—Cole Smithey

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