This weekend Dialectical Films heads to Marxism 2013, an annual conference held in London, not only to continue shooting our latest film, Clive of India, but also as a representative of the Bristol Radical Film Festival (BRFF).
As well as conducting interviews with education activists, teachers, historians, trade unionists and former poet laureates, as part of the BRFF we will be hosting a series of screenings + discussion, covering a range of issues from neo-colonialism to the situation in Greece and the black civil rights movement.
We open this Friday (12th) with the film that brought the idea of a revolutionary Third Cinema into the foreground of artistic and political circles. Solanas and Getino’s The Hour of the Furnaces (1969), is as much a film that stands outside the system of bourgeois cultural production as it is a cool but raging attack on U.S. imperialism.
For the following Saturday we hand over to radical news organisation, Reel News, who present us with a series of their recently completed films covering Spain, Greece, and, closer to home, the blacklisting of workers instigated by the multi-millionaire bosses of UK building firms. Never mind the mainstream, catch up on some proper news coverage with these guys, and get involved in the following discussion.
Finally, for Sunday we present a double screening on the subject of the Black Panther Party. William Klein’s 1970 film Eldridge Cleaver: Black Panther, follows the minister of information for the Black Panthers as he travels to Algeria and ponders his fate as a black militant being pursued by the U.S. authorities. This is followed by Hugo Levien’s Who Are The Angola 3, a look at the situation of three Black Panthers jailed for a crime they didn’t commit, and continuing the struggle for black freedom in North America. The film is followed by a Q and A discussion with the director.
It looks set to be a weekend filled with politically radical film, in both a theoretical and practical sense. Come along and see how cinema resists the imposition of neo-liberalism through a fusion of art and politics.