Spotlight (nationwide). A fantastic film about the importance of investigative journalism in rooting out the abuse of power in high places. Set in Boston (USA) in 2001 the film is about how the local paper, The Boston Globe, exposed the institutionalised abuse of children by RC priests and the way in which the RC hierarchy not only covered up for the paedophile clergy but used all its power in Boston to ensure that everyone who could do something about it looked the other way. The film cleverly shows the way in which, for people brought up as RC’s, it is difficult to go against the hierarchy of the church even if you are a journalist with concrete proof against morally compromised cardinals and bishops. There is nothing glamorous about being a journalist uncovering such an important but harrowing case: in the film we are shown the daily grind of investigative journalism and that sometimes it means going against everything you used to believe in. At the end of the film we see a long list of other places across the world where similar abuse cases have been uncovered. It’s not big news anymore but what is important about this film is the bravery of the journalists in following a story that shook the foundations of the RC church, not just in Boston but across the world.
some short films at Kino Film on 8 February at Manchester Central Library. There is an interesting range of films including one about Kino Film itself, as well as documentaries about lives as diverse as a 65 year old man who has worked on a street stall in London since he was 10 to a science fiction drama about a dying scientist who is offered the chance to live on in his clone’s body. Find out more at
about a revolution in Rojava. Rojava is in northern Syria; three cantons where the Kurds have set up their own democratic state and, for once, free from the control of Assad. In Rojava the Kurds have brought in social changes focussing on local democratic control of services. Is it a revolution? Find out more about what is happening there at this meeting on Saturday 6 February at 8pm. Book at
the Miners Strike 1984/5 at With Banners Held High on 6 March from 11am-5pm. Take part in a day of events ranging from an exhibition, discussions, poetry and music. Keynote speaker is Tony Garnett, producer of many political dramas, as well as campaigners from the fast food campaigns talking about present day workplace struggles. Missing from it though, particularly on the run up to International Womens Day, is any event that reflects the massive attacks on women particularly as workers in 2016. IWD has become an event when middleclass women winge about their sad lives instead of reflecting the importance of women challenging the state for better lives for themselves and their partners, children and comrades. It is women such as Mary Quaile and the modern “Marys” of the trade union movement whom we should be raising the profile of during these dark days. Find out more about them here see. And from 18 February see a new exhibition; SOLIDARITY and the 1984/5 MINERS STRIKE – all you need to know on 26 panels created by the TUC Resources Library. Further info see
Classical music but cannot afford the concerts at the Bridgwater Hall? Go to a free classical music concert on Monday lunchtime February 1 at the RNCM. You can listen to some top notch musicians at a wonderful venue. But get there early as it is very busy! See