Screening and Q&A with director Parminder Vir.
This documentary is about the key role Algerian women played in Algeria’s liberation struggle from the French during the years 1954-1962, and their equally important place in society after independence. Veteran fighters Aicha Bouazzar, Baya Hocine and Fatima Hakem talk, some of them for the first time, about their role in the revolution. Their daughters Houria Bouhired and Khalida Messaoudi discuss the status of women after thirty years of single party rule, the rise of Islam and the increasing political violence that led to the assassination of President Boudiaf.
In conversation with Parminder Vir, this event will explore the role of women during wars of independence, and consider how films, art and literature remember them.
Organiser: Basia Lewandowska Cummings
Basia Lewandowska Cummings is a writer, editor and film curator based in London.
Ménilmontant (1926) & Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
At the dawn of the twentieth century anxiety was building. The industrial West was in the process of dramatically reconfiguring and re-imagining itself. Voices from across the political spectrum mourned a paradise on its way to being lost. Swelling cities and industrialisation were believed to have ended a form of community, typified by small town life, which had existed for centuries. Life in the modern city, we were warned, would only become more alienating, crowded and anonymous. More than a century later, and claims for a reinvention, resurrection and loss of ‘community’ have been heard periodically on both the political right and left. This programme will consider what community is today, what it has been before and whether it has ever really been at all?
Cinema6 is Born in Flames
Facebook Event – To book tickets call the Peckham Plex box office on 0844 567 2742.
Lizzie Borden’s 1983 film ‘Born in Flames’ is a classic of an under populated genre of cinema: Marxist, Feminist, lesbian Sci-Fi. Well received at the time of its release but less well known today, ‘Born in Flames’ cuts documentary elements with live action and rap, reimagining 80s downtown New York as a dystopian science fiction of an alternate present. Featuring a post-punk soundtrack by Red Krayola, ‘Born in Flames’ is militant in its politics, dynamic and experimental in its form and hugely enjoyable to watch.
Cinema6 is a new neighbourhood cinema for Peckham that will run for six weeks this spring. Transforming a railway arch into a 40 seat screen, Cinema6 will show films four times a week, from classic blockbusters and family films to world cinema and the work of local artists. It will be a place to watch, discuss and learn about film and film making. We’re inviting everyone from the area to be involved in choosing which films to show and to bring ideas for creative uses of the cinema space.
Cinema6 is being hosted by Arcadia Missa, and will be located in the railway arches between Lyndhurst Way and Bellenden Road.
Cinema6 will open on 24 April but there are lots of ways to be involved in the planning before then. The first public meeting will be held at 7pm on Monday 31 March at Arcadia Missa, Unit 6, Bellenden Road Business Centre, SE15 4RF and is open to everyone.
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