Call for Contributors – New Film
Jun16

Call for Contributors – New Film

Clive of India: The Conservative Assault on School Education (working title) In recent years the debate over educational reform has focused largely on higher education, the marketisation of universities and the increase in tuition fees. Less attention has been paid to the radical reforms being ushered in by the current Conservative government to primary and secondary education. Clive of India turns the spotlight on education secretary, Michael Gove’s, proposed changes to the way/s in which the youngest of our society are educated. Focusing primarily on changes to the school curriculum, the film analyses the nature of Gove’s reforms, their systemic affects and ideological implications, as well as the intended affects they pose for popular memory and collective consciousness. Topics include the marketisation of education, the importance of cultural memory and the dominance of “official” versions of history. These are linked to wider questions surrounding the intentions of neo-liberal ideologies for future society. Using a variety of media, including original interviews, performance art and found materials, the entry point of our analysis is the little known historical figure, Clive of India, a British-Indian colonialist whom Gove suggests is particularly significant for the teaching of history, despite this being refuted by most historians. Now, it seems, Clive of India is key to unearthing the real motives behind Gove’s education reforms, highlighting the continuity between two different types of colonialism across history. The film is a pedagogical piece that intends to induce discussion and action by disseminating knowledge to the audience, foregrounding a debate around school education that has been left out of the mainstream. In the spirit of revolutionary Third Cinema, Clive of India seeks to contribute to the corpus of anti-capitalist media, resisting the imposition of neo-liberalism through a fusion of art and politics. The filmmaker: Anthony Killick is currently undertaking postgraduate Film Studies at the University of Bristol. He is co-director of the Bristol Radical Film Festival, and has recently worked on award winning documentary, Secret City, a film about the City of London and the corporation that runs it. If you would like to be included as a contributor to Clive of India please contact Anthony at...

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Palestine Solidarity Weekend @ Arc Bar, Bristol
Jun13

Palestine Solidarity Weekend @ Arc Bar, Bristol

This weekend (14th-16th June) the Palestine Solidarity Campaign of Bristol hosts a series of events, including film screenings, live music, workshops, and the opening of the new Nakba Museum. The Palestinian ambassador, Professor Manuel Hassassian, will attend a weekend of solidarity building, the proceeds of which will go towards providing support for child prisoners in the West Bank and Gaza, as well as organising educational holiday activities for Palestinian girls. Join us this Friday and Saturday at the Arc Bar, Bristol, for a weekend of Palestinian culture and resistance. For more details visit Friday’s event page here, and Saturday’s event page...

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Bristol Radical Film Festival + The Black Panthers
Jun11

Bristol Radical Film Festival + The Black Panthers

In 1968 San Fransisco Newsreel, a radical film making organisation, worked with the Black Panthers to make the party’s first and only recruitment video, “Off the Pigs”. In this film we can see how the revolutionary ideas of Third World theorists such as Frantz Fanon and Che Guevara translate into a radical film language. Under the influence of Third Cinema film makers such as Fernando Solanas and Octavio Getino (Argentina), not to mention the Urgent Cinema of Santiago Alvarez (Cuba), Newsreel created a series of films that militated against the forces of capitalism, racism and neo-colonialism. This required the development of a new film language, one that could not be assimilated by the system, and which was foreign to its needs. See the film here: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTL7QWBu0FA?rel=0&w=420&h=315] This is a good example of the collusion between radical film makers such as Newsreel and revolutionary organisations like Black Panther Party. In many ways it resonates today. Not only do film makers continue to develop a new film language, building new platforms upon which to instigate discussion and debate, but the politics of the Black Panther Party remain a benchmark for activists and community organisations the world over. Their ten point program is a simple way of translating revolutionary ideals into action. As the need to create sustainable communities is realised alongside the fact of capitalism’s collapse, it is not beyond the realms of possibility for today’s communities to work out their own ten point programs, or something similar, in order to arm ourselves against neo-liberalism. This was one of the aims of the Bristol Radical Film Festival’s latest night of films and discussion on the Black Panthers. After finding a perfect venue, The Arc Bar, who were kind enough to give us the space for free, we decided to show William Klein’s 1973 film “Eldridge Cleaver: Black Panther” alongside the more contemporary “Who are the Angola 3?”. Together the films provided historical context while bringing the Black Panthers and their struggle into the present day. The venue was packed, which made for a rich and varied discussion. We also had some fantastic musicians who, again, were kind enough to grant us their services for free. After another great success it looks like BRFF is getting the hang of things. We will have to pay everyone back by continuing to use politically driven cinema as a catalyst for action. If you have an idea for an event, or would like to get involved with BRFF in another way, or even if you just want some advice on starting your own radical film festival, we would love to hear from you, so...

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