Stop! Look! Listen! my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house…
Watch.. Satin Rouge (2002) starring fabulous actor, Hiam Abbass. Set in Tunisia, it’s a sensual story of a widow who finds a way out of loneliness by becoming a belly dancer in a nightclub. For once, in a film, we get a sensitive and sympathetic story about a modern Arab woman’s life. Hiam Abbass was born in a muslim village in Nazareth and identifies herself as a Palestinian. She is a brilliant actor and director. See further info on her films, go here………
Read…..The Angel of History by Bruno Arpaia (2006) A fictionalised account of the latter part of the life of poet and writer Walter Benjamin set in Paris as masses of people move to escape the Nazi war machine. A German, Jewish refugee Benjamin had openly opposed the Nazi ideology and was therefore doomed to death if captured by them. Interlinked with his story is that of a Spanish loyalist, Laureano Mahojo, who eventually escapes to Mexico. As the two men’s lives are thrown together we get an unforgettable insight into war and a critical time in Europe’s history.
Listen……..to Sarah Irving discuss her new book Leila Khaled;Icon of Palestinian Liberation. Due to harassment by phone callers, Blackwell bookshop had to cancel the launch last week. New date; Friday 25 May at 7pm at the Manchester Digital Laboratory.
Go for a walk…… The Irish in Manchester, Saturday 26 May starting at noon
meet at Oxford Road station.This walk will include Little Ireland, John Doherty, the Irish at Peterloo, Free Trade Hall, arrest of William O’Brien in 1889, Eva Gore-Booth and Mary Quaile and the Manchester Martyrs The walk will last about 2 hoursFees £6/£5 further information: redflagwalks@gmail ot visit Red Flag walks
The walk will be led by Michael Herbert who has been researching, writing and speaking about Manchester’s radical history for many years.. He is a Trustee of the Working Class Movement Library and past editor of the North West Labour History Journal. His published work includes many articles about Manchester for the Radical Manchester website as well as The Wearing of the Green, a political history of the Irish in Manchester, and Never Counted Out!, a biography of Len Johnson, the Manchester boxer and Communist. He is currently working on a history of radical women in Manchester.