Thursday, November 7, 2019

[AGA-Nieuws] Anarchist Film Festival - full program

The program of the Anarchist Film Festival is out! The full program with 
all the film titles is published here on our newsletter. Find the list
of films and screening times below.

Please join us for our three day Anarchist Film festival, with a special
6 hour screening on Monday, featuring a broad spectrum of anarchist
film, ranging from deceptively childlike animations to in-your-face soft
porn, from candid documentaries to surrealist explorations of human
Alongside the movies on Fri/Sat/Sun we will have vegan food and baked
goods and merch stands for groups like Abortion Network Amsterdam, the
Spanish CNT and the Zapatistas National Liberation Army!

Don't miss out!



FRIDAY 15th November

16:00 - Voices of Bakur + Distant

Voices of Bakur
Two Rivers and a Valley / 2015 / Turkish, Kurdish, EU + USA / 32 min
English subtitles.

A highly important documentation of an under-reported popular
insurrection for autonomy covering democratic autonomy, women's
liberation, self-defense and the civil war in southeastern Turkey. The
film features interviews shot on the ground with various Kurdish
organizers, many of whom are now facing jail sentences, are already in
jail or were killed. It also features footage from various news sources
which have now been shut down and banned by the state. The film was
created by Two Rivers and a Valley, a collective of Turkish, Kurdish,
European, and US radical filmmakers.

Leyla Toprak / 2016 / Syria + Turkey / 16 min
English subtitles.

The Syrian Kurdish militia defending Kobane against the Isis terrorists
are one third women. In this short film about war and the love of life,
two female fighters describe why this struggle is also one for women's
freedom. Their optimism is contrasted with the ruins of the city.
Through short, precisely composed shots the camera explores the
possibilities of new life among ruins through which a mysterious dancer
is moving.


17:30 - To Wait or Provoke + Crowbar

To Wait or Provoke
Matthieu Quillet / 2018 / France / 17 min
English spoken.

A filmed letter from the text "Crowbar chronicles, fragments of a life
from breaking and entering. A subversive, offensive but also
self-critical testimony of 15 years (and more) squatting life

Matthieu Quillet / 2016 / France / 80 min
French spoken. English subtitles.

This documentary on the everyday life and struggles of squatted social
spaces was made between 2014 and 2018 featuring squats, a self-managed
space, a neighbourhood, occupied land and their hundred inhabitants in a
medium sized city in France, following their meetings, parties and how
they manage their space.


20:30 - Lasting Marks + Raspberry Reich.

Lasting Marks
Charlie Lyne / 2018 / UK / 15 min
English spoken.

The story of a group of men with shared sexual desires, lucky to have
found each other yet unfortunate to be considered criminal for
expressing them and the vice investigation (named 'Operation Spanner')
that followed when the police acquired a video tape of these acts being
performed. At once heart-breaking and heart-warming, this short
documentary tells the story of sixteen men prosecuted for sadomasochism
in Thatcher's Britain.
Presented in vertical format, a presentation Lyne put a lot of thought
and research into, the film is created entirely out of photocopied
documents (newspaper clippings and trial transcripts) with a friendly
voice-over sharing a perspective that was suppressed at the time – that
of a participant in the infamous orgy.

Raspberry Reich
Bruce LaBruce / 2004 / Germany + Canada / 90 min
English spoken.

As hilerious as it is hot, the film showcases what LaBruce calls
"terrorist chic", cult dynamics, and the "innate radical potential of
homosexual expression". The story follows a contemporary terrorist group
consisting of several young men, and a female leader named Gudrun (after
Gudrun Ensslin) who are continuing the work of the Red Army Faction.
They call themselves the "Sixth Generation of the Baader-Meinhof Gang"
and "The Raspberry Reich". - "Reich" is a reference to communist
sexologist Wilhelm Reich, and the term "Raspberry Reich" was coined by
RAF leader Gudrun Ensslin to refer to the oppression of consumer


A queer electronic musician and rapper based in Amsterdam, bringing sexy
beats, hardcore bass, souly vocals and tight rhymes filled with hope,
using music to share, to connect, to dance, to release and as a weapon
against the structures of oppression, in particular those of gender and
racism, this society is based on.

PARTY - until 1:00


SATURDAY 16th November

Boy and The World
Alê Abreu / 2013 / Brazil / 80 min
No dialogue.

A deceptively simple yet emotionally complex Brazilian animation that
truly exemplifies the power of imagery and music in combination as more
than enough to portray a powerful and deep message. It shows an
adventurous quest of a heartbroken young boy searching for his father,
illustrating the issues of the modern world through the eyes of a child.
A cautionary tale of globalization, The Boy And The World teaches above
all the dangers of the massification of the economy, of the mind, and of
the soul.


The Fig House
Pitzi Kampouroglou / 2019 / Greece / 107 min
Greek spoken. English subtitles.

Ten persons of different nationalities, refugees and activists (plus a
cat), are living for seven months in a squat in Thessaloniki while
trying to reach Germany through the Balkan route. While working to
achieve their goal, they come across the everyday troubles and risks
familiar to those who live on the edge of society.


Hamburger Gitter
Steffen Maurer + Marco Heinig / 2018 / Germany / 80 min
German spoken. English subtitles.

The state lost control of Hamburg in the summer of 2017 during the G20
protests and is now trying to regain it. 170 investigators are working
on hundreds of cases against militant demonstrators and people involved
in rioting and looting. Harsh punishments were demanded and imposed in
more than 40 cases so far. This documentary focuses on how the protests
were dealt with and state security policy, paying attention to why
freedom of assembly, freedom of movement and freedom of the press are
important when considering the changes in police strategies. Could
fundamental rights be suspended during protests? Are there judicial and
legislative grounds to react differently to violent protests? Which
methods of repression of the "exceptional G20 situation" in Hamburg
could become the norm? Hamburger Glitter follows up by documenting the
relevant events, talking to people on both sides and interviewing
experts on the history of protests, fundamental rights, security policy
and the overall political situation.


Concerning Violence
Göran Olsson / 2014 / Sweden, Finland, Denmark + USA / 90 min
English spoken.

Reporting the most daring moments in the struggle for liberation from
colonial rule, this documentary based on Frantz Fanon's essay,
Concerning Violence, from his 1961 book The Wretched of the Earth,
narrates the events of African nationalist and independence movements in
the 1960s and 70s which challenged colonial and white minority rule.
Fanon's landmark book, written over 50 years ago, is still a major tool
for understanding and illuminating the neocolonialism happening today,
as well as the violence and reactions against it.


The Exterminating Angel
Luis Buñuel / 1962 / Mexico / 93 min
Spanish spoken. English subtitles.

Luis Bunuel's "The Exterminating Angel" (1962) is both a macabre comedy
and bitter view of human nature that suggests we harbor savage instincts
and unspeakable secrets, and a scathing satire of the ruling class in
Franco's Spain, who having set a banquet table for themselves by
defeating the workers in the Spanish Civil War, sit down for a feast
only to
find it never ends. Trapped in their own bourgeois cul-de-sac and
increasingly resentful at being shut off from the world outside, they
grow mean and restless; their worst tendencies are revealed. Take a
group of prosperous dinner guests and pen them up long enough, Bunuel
suggests, and they'll turn on one another like rats in an overpopulation



Generic pissed off raw punk destruction from Amsterdam and Nijmegen.

PARTY - until 1:00


SUNDAY 17th November

12:00 - Homotopia + Born in Flames

Eric Stanley / 2007 / USA / 27 min
English spoken.

Set sometime in the future-present, Homotopia chronicles a group of
radical queers dedicated to exposing the trouble with gay marriage,
dismantling the State, undoing Empire, while looking totally fierce.
Woven into the story of Yoshi's adventures in love, resistance, and sex,
is a critique of the crushing violence of homonormativity and its deadly
perpetuation of US patriotism, conservative kinship structures and
affective accumulation. Homotopia holds cinematic assumptions hostage
through its motley assemblage of never-passing crew. Race, gender,
ability and desire are reworked through an anti-colonial take of queer
struggle creating a visual rhythm of melancholic utopianism that knows
there may be no future but still hopes today is not their last.
Love revolution, not State delusion, Homotopia.

Born in Flames
Lizzie Borden / 1983 / USA / 90 min
English spoken.

Inspiring a generation of feminists, this science fiction is set ten
years after the most peaceful revolution in United States history, a
revolution in which a socialist government gains power, this films
presents a dystopia in which the issues of many progressive groups -
minorities, liberals, gay rights organizations, feminists - are
supposedly dealt with by the government, and yet there are still
problems with jobs, with gender issues, with governmental preference and
violence. In New York City, in this future time, a group of women
decided to organize and mobilize, to take the revolution farther than
any man - and many women - ever imagined in their lifetimes.


If A Tree Falls
Marshall Curry / 2011 / USA + UK / 85 min
English spoken.
The remarkable story of the rise and fall of an Earth Liberation Front
cell, focusing on the transformation and radicalization of one of its
members, Daniel McGowan, who was arrested in a nationwide sweep of
radical environmentalists involved with ELF, a group the FBI has called
America's "number one domestic terrorism threat." For years the ELF
launched spectacular arsons against dozens of businesses they accused of
destroying the environment: timber companies, SUV dealerships, wild
horse slaughterhouses, and a $12 million ski lodge at Vail, Colorado,
while operating in separate anonymous cells without any central
leadership. Part coming-of-age tale, part cops-and-robbers thriller, the
film interweaves an honest chronicle of Daniel on house arrest as he
faces life in prison, with a dramatic recounting of the events that led
to his involvement with the group.
Pom Poko
Isao Takahata (Studio Ghibli) / 1994 / Japan / 119 min
English dubbed.

A community of magical shape-shifting raccoon dogs struggle to prevent
their forest home from being destroyed by urban development. The story
begins in late 1960s Japan when a group of raccoons are threatened by a
gigantic suburban development project on the outskirts of Tokyo which is
cutting into their forest habitat and dividing their land. The story
resumes in early 1990s Japan during the early years of the Heisei era,
when the economy and consumerism is booming. With limited living space
and food decreasing every year, the raccoons begin fighting among
themselves for the diminishing resources, but at the urging of the
matriarch Oroku ("Old Fireball"), they decide to unify to stop the


Skye Fitzgerald / 2018 / USA / 40 min
English spoken.

With the political climate increasingly hostile to immigrants and
refugees, this documentary focuses on the civilian impact of the Syrian
conflict by following the people desperate enough to risk their lives in
rubber boats leaving Libya in the middle of the night, despite a high
probability of drowning, and the volunteers of Sea Watch, a German
non-profit with few resources, who fight multiple governments to save
migrants from sinking rafts, certain that civil society must intervene.


A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Ana Lily Amirpour / 2014 / USA / 102 min
Persian spoken. English subtitles.

In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and
loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a
lonesome skateboarding vampire  who preys on men who disrespect women.
The first Iranian Vampire Western ever made, Ana Lily Amirpour's debut
basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genres,
archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti
westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave.


MONDAY 18th November

La Commune (Paris, 1871)
Peter Watkins / 2000 / France / 5 hrs 45 mins
French, English subtitles.

In this war drama blurring the lines between documentary and fiction,
the working class and the bourgeoisie of 19th century Paris are
interviewed and covered on television, before and during a tragic
workers' class revolt. A gripping historical re-enactment in the style
of a documentary on The Paris Commune, "La Commune de Paris", a radical
socialist and revolutionary government that ruled Paris from 18 March to
28 May 1871.

The film will be shown in two parts with a 30 minute intermission.


Tickets -
€3 - €5 suggested donation. First come, first serve.
All proceeds are going to the Anarchist Defence Fund.

Sign up for a Volunteer shift!
We will be needing a few extra hands during the festival- we might need
help with the bar, stands, or a quick trip to the supermarket. Each
volunteer will get two free movie tickets!

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postbus 16521, 1001 RA   Amsterdam

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