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The Political is Watchable
Image from socialistfilm.blogspot.co.uk
What kind of film club do you belong to? Do you have a loyalty card with a big chain cinema, where you see all the latest Hollywood releases? Do you prefer seeing classics at the BFI? Or do you like to invite your friends round for a movie night marathon, where you can chat about all the good bits without getting hushed by the rest of the audience? One film club I bet you hadn't considered is the Socialist Film Co-op. Now in its twenty-first year, the co-op promotes socialist culture through screenings and panel discussions.
Membership is £14 a year, which is more than half the price of other cinema memberships (BFI is £35), and includes tickets at over fifty percent off, and the ability to participate in talks and filmmaking. You are encourage to make suggestions, and invited to submit your own films for screenings. The London Socialist Film Co-op shows not only new releases, but also old, foreign, and censored films as well.
Their autumn season runs until May, with standard tickets costing £10. Films are screened on every second Sunday of the month at Bolivar Hall.
The next screening will be First Grader, an Irish film from 2010, directed by Justin Chadwick. It is about an eighty-four year old man who is starting primary school education, while on a quest for Kenyan independence. This will be followed by a short documentary called A Decade of Injustice, which follows the legal battle of Shaker Aamer, who was held at Guantanamo Bay without charges or a trial.
On the 10th November, All Quiet on the Western Front is an adaptation of of the novel by veteran author, Erich Maria Remarque. The 1930s film tells the story about a group of young enthusiastic German recruits during World War One.
Sing Your Song is a documentary narrated by Harry Belafonte as he recalls his rise to fame as a singer, actor, and activist in a segregated country. It will be shown on the 8th December alongside Land and Freedom, a fourteen minute environmentalist film.
More films are yet to be announced, but they will all include a post -show discussion.