Some films that might tickle yer fancy..
Earth Days Friday 13th November 18:30, Carraigeworks off Millenium Square.
– Visually stunning and vastly entertaining, Earth Days looks back to the dawn and development of the modern environmental movement from its post-war rustlings in the 1950s to the first wildly successful 1970 Earth Day celebration and the subsequent firestorm of political action. Earth Days is both a poetic meditation on humanity’s complex relationship with nature and an engaging history of the revolutionary achievements -and missed opportunities- of groundbreaking eco-activism. Presented with an introduction and discussion by Friends of the Earth.
Grassroots Film Funding Workshop and Tenner Film Shorts Film 11 Nov 18:30, CARR3, FREE –
Tenner Films is an independent documentary film company set up to produce work that addresses the big social questions that face us, particularly environmental degradation and global injustice. It’s run by filmmaker Vicki Lesley who will be presenting shorts from her ongoing project 13 Short Films About Atomic Power, a series already including documentaries, an interview with Tony Benn, performance poetry and stop motion animation. She will be presenting a workshop on fundraising, distribution and building projects from the grassroots up.
Daisies with Live Music by Monkey See Monkey Do 04 Nov 21:00, HOWARD, £6.50 / £5
Synopsis- An anarchic, surrealist classic and one of the most influential Czech movies of the 1960s, Daisies is still a unique cinematic experience. Two young women, both named Marie revolt against a degenerate, decayed and oppressive society, attacking symbols of wealth and bourgeois culture. Described by director, Vera Chytilová as a ‘philosophical documentary in the form of a farce’, the film is about creative energy and playful rebellion, both defiant feminist statement and nihilistic, avant-garde comedy. Screening with live, improvised musical accompaniment by innovative Leeds band Monkey See Monkey Do.
Encirclement Director: Dir. Richard Brouillette. 12 Nov 19:45, VUE1,
Synopsis- Encirclement provides an enlightening and rigorous critique of the dominant ideology of neo-liberalism drawing upon the thinking and analyses of an array of internationally renowned intellectuals. It examines the various mechanisms used to impose its dictates throughout the world and reveals how thought and democracy have been encircled from all directions by propaganda and reform. Featuring interviews with Noam Chomsky, Susan George, Michel Chossudovsky, Normand Baillargeon and many other leading thinkers of our time.
The Leeds Summat 21 Nov 12:00, LEEDS UNI, FREE
Synopsis- The Leeds Summat is a free, all-day gathering for hundreds of people to address the big issues of our time, local and global. The Summat will include screenings of a new local documentary Ripples Out (part of the In One City film series) about regeneration, poverty and change in south Leeds, recent hit environmental doc The Age of Stupid and a range of other enlightening and informative peace and justice films. Book your free place for these screenings at: www.summat.org. Cooked up by Together for Peace (www.t4p.org.uk).
Permaculture Evening 10 Nov 18:00, CARR3, FREE
Synopsis- Come with Leeds Permaculture Network, on a tour of some of the most innovative sustainability projects around the world. Visit Jordanian deserts and Austrian mountains, American prairies and Manchester estates. An eclectic mix of You-tube amateur , DIY community films and ‘made for TV’ documentaries show how people are dramatically improving local environments and tackling global challenges. Each film will be introduced by a member of Leeds Permaculture, with discussion, stalls, demonstrations, books and some very inspiring films.
Superheroes Director: Dir. Janek Romero 08 Nov 13:00, CARR2, 13 Nov 19:00, CARR2,
Synopsis- Superheroes is an entertaining and subversive snapshot of creative activism, civil disobedience and economic injustice in urban Germany. Figures disguised as comic-book heroes rob delis and distribute their plunder to kindergartens; a student holding down three part-time jobs empties the rubbish bin from the bio-supermarket so she can give her children a proper meal. The film tells the story of these superheroes; the story of the precarious lives of middle-class youths, a story of conformity and resignation, and one of visions and spectacular deeds.