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Double Bill: Cursed Be The Phosphate plus Occupation: Millworker

Compelling films on the precursors of Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution, a workers takeover of an abandoned mill. Followed by discussion.

Doors open 10.20 for 11am start.

Sami Tlili, Tunisia 2012 [Advised PG], 78 mins

January 2008: a sit-in lasting six months in front of Redeyef Town Hall, in South West Tunisia marks the beginning of civil dissent. General Ben Ali confronts his first popular uprising. Their names are Moudhaffer, Bechir, Adnene, Leila, Adel, Haroun. They are teachers and unemployed young people in despair showing their rage on the streets or standing to give support for young people whose claims they believe to be legitimate. Their 'revolt for dignity' gave birth three years later to the Tunisian revolution. In the phosphate mining basin, the equation is simple and absurd: the region experiences all the consequences (ecological and otherwise) without any of its advantages. What remains of this human adventure? Broken souls, open wounds but also pride and dignity.

Best Arab documentary Black Pearl Award: Abu Dhabi Film Festival
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Anand Patwardhan, INDIA 1996 [PG], Hindi with EST

Textile mills were once the backbone of Bombay's economy and provided the city with its working class culture. Today, foreign investment and rising real-estate prices have made selling mill lands more profitable than running mills. Mill 'sickness' is now an epidemic. Anand Patwardhan records the inspirational action of workers who, after a four-year lockout, forcibly occupied the New Great Eastern Mill. Management opts to sell the surrounding land, but the unemployed workforce are determined to clear the debris and run the mill themselves.
Image courtesy of patwardhan.com

Discussion led by John Hilary, Executive Director, War on Want

Screenings are at Bolívar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL.
Nearest tube: Warren Street. Overground: Euston.
Buses: 10, 14, 18, 24, 27, 29, 30, 73, 88, 134, 205, 390.
Booking information: tickets are available from 10.20am on the day and may not be booked in advance.


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Date and Time:

11 January 2015 at 11:00 am


2 hours 30 minutes



Bolívar Hall
54 Grafton Way

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Organised by:

London Socialist Film Co-op
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Admission £10, concessions £8. Annual members £6/£4.

Available from:

Tickets are available from 10.20am at Bolivar Hall on the day and may not be booked in advance.

Additional Information:

Doors open at 10.20am for 11am.
Nearest tube: Warren Street. Overground: Euston.
Buses: 10, 14, 18, 24, 27, 29, 30, 73, 88, 134, 205, 390.

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