CALLING ALL LEFTISTS! The past few years have been a whirlwind: exhausting, invigorating, and ripe with potential. It’s tremendously difficult, when in the thick of it, to pause, reflect, or even find a moment to catch a breath. Especially when “it” refers to the rise of fascism on a global scale, with any number of future cataclysms hovering just over the horizon. But we digress.
Join us, then, for a series that asks: if not now, when? Come for great works of radical political filmmaking, stay for the generative discussions, or even just to gossip and gripe. The hope isthat this forum for authentic representations of successes, defeats, and the messy work of political action, will be thrilling, edifying, and maybe even inspire your next organizing project. To butcher the title of a great film for the sake of a moderately applicable pun: “Throw away your dogma, rally in the cinema.”
dirs. Alberto Garcia Ortiz & Irene Yague Herrero, 2017
78 mins. Spain.
In Spanish with English subtitles.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 20 – 7:30 PM
ONE NIGHT ONLY!
This is a film about working-class tenants refusing eviction. It is a document of Madrid in 2013 but bares all of the hallmarks of the global tenant’s rights crisis. Eviction is violence wrought on bodies and psyches denied their fundamental dignity. It is forced migration. Global finance remains a shadow network of straight-laced, white collar murderers and thieves who view their victims from a distance with cold disdain. Robust networks of solidarity remain our only hope to survive in an era of persistent crises contrived by governments and financial elites. These essential truths and more reveal themselves throughout the course of this subtly effective documentary.