Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house
Watch……Budrus (2009) a film about a Palestinian village which was threatened with having its land sequestrated by the Israeli government as it drove the building of a so-called security wall through Palestinian land. The documentary shows how the village people, plus outside help from Israeli peace activists, refuse to accept the destruction of their land. Even Fateh and Hamas, the usually opposing Palestinian parties, get together. Apart from the wonderfully inspiring story of people challenging a hegemonic force, I really liked the way the young Palestinian women took to the frontline, refuting stereotypes of domesticity and dependence, and put themselves sometimes literally in front of bulldozers. The film shows that even in the worst of times we can make a difference.
Look…Snap! – my life in the Working Class Movement Library Mike Carter has been responsible for creating many of the exhibitions and leaflets that the WCML has produced. Now it is his turn to reflect on his own political life and the artefacts of the WCML. He has produced a stunning exhibition showing us many posters that are part of the collection, some that I knew and had seen before, but also a fantastic one of Black political activist, Angela Davis and one that was part of the campaign against Pinochet’s Chile and called for a boycott of their products. On show are the cartoons that Mike produces as a response to the nonsense of present day politics and his take on the game of Monopoly. It’s a brilliant exhibition and reflects not just his individual choice but that of someone who really loves the library and its collection.See
Listen…singer songwriter Claire Mooney (with Robin Sunflower) is at the Q Inn, Market St, Stalybridge SK14 2AL on Monday 8th October 8.30pm. All welcome. FREE! See www.clairemooney.co.uk
Learn…about Sean McLoughlin On Saturday 13 October at 2pm Charlie McGuire will be coming to speak at the Library. His book Sean McLoughlin, Ireland’s Forgotten Revolutionary charts the remarkable story of a man who progressed from republican to socialist and communist politics and who not only played a major part in Ireland’s fight for freedom over several years but who also contributed to the struggle for revolutionary socialism in Britain in the early-mid 1920s .All welcome; admission free; light refreshments.
Support…. The Derby People’s History Group….Come and watch and discuss the film”The Plot to Kill Lloyd George” Alice Wheeldon: The Basic Story Thursday 11th Oct, 7. 45pm Friends Meeting House, Derby. And listen to top singer, Robb Johnson, perform his brand new song Alice Annie Wheeldon at Brunswick Inn on Saturday 27 October.
Remember….Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawn who died this week (1917-2012)…an outstanding intellectual who did not pretend to be objective. He understood what was meant by historical change and he had a major influence on historical research. Now we are left with Starkey, the Snows and the histories of the house…help!! See