5th April Bernadette Notes on a Political Journey Director Leilia Doolin will present the film
Made over a nine year period the film follows the political journey of Bernadette Devlin Mc Aliskey and shows her pivotal role at the heart of Civil Rights, Feminism and Socialism in Northern Ireland from the 1960’s to the present day. Using an extraordinary array of archival footage and personal interviews it portrays a woman of ferocious courage, eloquence and endurance and in possession of a wonderful sense of humour !
12th April Virtual Revolution Dr Aleks Krotoski
This two part documentary looks at how our lives have been re shaped by the invention of The World Wide Web over twenty years ago.They explore the struggle between technological freedom and the drive for control and profit and examine how the Web is politicising young people and encouraging direct action while enabling hard line states to spy and censor.
19th April The Interrupters – How to Stop a Riot Director Steve James
A vivid portrayal of a city under siege from spiralling violence, the film tells the surprising story of three dedicated individuals who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they themselves once perpetrated, while exploring their personal journeys.
A Special extra showing in collaboration with Cork Feminista
‘We Want Roses Too’ portrays the deep change brought on by the ‘Sexual Revolution’ and Feminist movement in Italy during the 1960’s and 1970’s. The film looks at recent events in Italy through referencing the real life diaries of three women and uses a variety of archival footage ( public, military and private ).The true stories told through the diaries reveal the personal intimate events and issues that drove the social and political revolution and challenged the culture of male supremacy,and Church and State control over women’s lives and bodies in Italy.
26th April All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace Director Adam Curtis
How we have been colonised by the machines we have built.
The latest documentary from Adam Curtis in Three parts we will show all three parts with a short interval for tea and cake !
Part 1 Love and Power
Explores the dream that evolved in the 60’s that computers could create a new kind of stable world. The film tells the story of two attempts, one a small group of disciples of novelist / philosopher Ayn Rand in the 1950’s who elevated the ideal of totally selfish desire, the second the Utopian vision attempted by entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley many influenced by Ayn Rand. Ultimately it shows how these ideas lead ruthless capitalists like Alan Greenspan to take control of the financial world and result in our present situation.
Part 2 The Use and Abuse of Vegetational Concepts
This film examines how the idea of self regulating eco systems held dear by modern science is actually a machine fantasy based on cybernetic ideas projected onto nature in the 1950s, and taken up by hippy communities and counter culture computer scientists in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Part 3 The Monkey in the Machine and the Machine in the Monkey
The final film looks at why we find this machine vision so beguiling by telling the story of Bill Hamilton who pioneered the idea that human beings are machines programmed to pass on genes. In typical Adam Curtis style it weaves together many seemingly disparate characters and elements set against the background of political upheaval in the Congo to show how our disillusionment and loss of hope in political change has lead to choosing to believe we have no control over our destiny.
If you have not seen the work of Adam Curtis before you are in for a treat !