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Resistance Film Series ~ Battle of Algiers

Citizen
3636 N Mississippi Avenue
Portland, OR 97227, US (map)

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Media Institute for Social Change Presents

"Resistance" - A Political Film Series A look at the reciprocal relationship between political resistance and film. Political movements have always inspired movies, particularly of the historical variety. But these very same films can also be an inspirational starting point for launching new political activism while serving as a history lesson for the dos and don’ts of political resistance. This screening series will explore these ideas through a new film each week and try to relate the content of the films to both history and current events. Additionally, we’ll explore how film art and the movie industry will play a role in shaping politics in the coming years. Screenings will include introduction and discussion facilitated by Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival director, Michael Harrington.

Week 1 (June 12): The Battle of Algiers (1966) Synopsis: In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government.

"Former national-security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski volunteered this blurb: “If you want to understand what’s happening right now in Iraq, I recommend The Battle of Algiers.” I wonder if these politicos are aware that Pontecorvo’s epic was once used by the Black Panthers as a training film? In fact, not much in the current Iraq situation is historically comparable to the late-fifties Algerian struggle for independence dramatized in The Battle of Algiers, but its anatomy of terror remains unsurpassed—and, woefully, ever fresh." -from Peter Rainer's NY Mag review

Cost: $5 membership fee Location: "Citizen" a new classroom and event space on N Mississippi Ave brought to you by Media Institute for Social Change.

Future Film Schedule: June 19 – Harlan County USA June 26 - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest July 3 – Blade Runner July 10 - Paradise Now July 17 – Persepolis July 24 - TBA

Media Institute for Social Change: "We are a public interest media lab, working to inspire, empower, and engage emerging media producers."

Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival: "A traveling short film festival with a focus on bringing meaningful films to communities with limited access to compassionate, thought-provoking cinema."

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