from THUR 6 APR, 6pm
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A monthly film and documentary screening followed by stimulating debates led by experts with knowledge on the film topic.
THUR 6 APR
K2 and the Invisible Footmen
Join Cinema Politica Newcastle for a screening of K2 and the Invisible Footmen.
In K2 and the Invisible Footmen, filmmaker Iara Lee and team chronicle the lives of both Pakistani porters and Nepalese sherpas. The film also follows the first official all-Pakistani climbing team, made up of former porters, who successfully summited in 2014, in celebration of K2 60th anniversary.
Amid breathtaking scenery, the film depicts the everyday sacrifices of porters and the courage of those indigenous climbers who choose to return to scale K2 in spite of past tragedies. In their striving to perfect their craft, these mountaineers provide a fresh look into the cultures and national traditions of Pakistan, a country typically portrayed in the foreign media as merely a land of conflict and sectarian strife.
Watch the K2 and the Invisible Footmen trailer here.
FRI 19 MAY
Five Broken Cameras
Join Cinema Politica Newcastle for a screening and discussion of Sundance award-winning film, Five Broken Cameras.
The critically-acclaimed Five Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first-hand account of life and non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village surrounded by Israeli settlements. Shot by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, Gibreel, the film was co-directed by Burnat and Guy Davidi, an Israeli filmmaker. Structured in chapters around the destruction of each one of Burnat’s cameras, the filmmakers’ collaboration follows one family’s evolution over six years of village upheaval.
As the years pass in front of the camera, we witness Gibreel grow from a newborn baby into a young boy who observes the world unfolding around him with the astute powers of perception that only children possess. Burnat watches from behind the lens as olive trees are bulldozed, protests intensify and lives are lost in this cinematic diary and unparalleled record of life in the West Bank. Five Broken Cameras is a Palestinian-Israeli-French co-production.
Watch the trailer for Five Broken Cameras here.
FRI 9 JUNE
Beyond Blue and Gray
Join us for the a screening of Beyond Blue and Gray, jointly presented by Cinema Poltica Newcastle and the Hatton Gallery.
Beyond Blue and Gray: Portraits of Palestinian Creativity Under Occupation discusses the relationship between conflict and creativity through various Palestinian painters, illustrators, photographers, poets and writers.
A gorgeous narrative weaves through equally-gorgeous photography, visual artworks and stunning landscapes to reflect the aesthetics of the Palestinian past and present.
Watch the trailer for Beyond Blue and Gray here.