Digital desperados winter programme, 2010/2011


Friday 19th,  7 pm @ Garnethill Multicultural Centre, 21 Rose street (opposite the car park up from the GFT)

Nobody knows about Persian cats, Dir Bahman Ghobadi, 1hr 43 mins, (cert 12)

The film follows two young musicians who have just been released from prison. The pair befriends a man named Nader, an underground music enthusiast and producer, who helps them travel around Tehran and its surrounding areas. This way they meet other underground musicians and listen to their sounds with the hope of forming a band and leaving the country. The film highlights many of the legal and cultural challenges independent musicians and generally Iranian youth face in Iran’s severely confined government.

Saturday 20th, 1.30 – 5pm @ the Pearce Institute, 840 Govan Rd, Govan,
(opposite Govan underground)

Kanehsatake: 270 years of resistance Dir. Alanis Obomswain, 1hr 59mins,

(no cert., probably not suitable for younger viewers)

On a July day in 1990, a confrontation propelled Native issues in Kanehsatake and the village of Oka, Quebec, into the international spotlight. Alanis Obomsawin spent 78 nerve-wracking days and nights filming the armed stand-off between the Mohawks, the Quebec police and the Canadian army. This powerful documentary takes you right into the action of an age-old First Nation struggle over land and the right to self-determination. It also manages to summarise some of its history and give a sense of the characters of individuals involved, capturing some moments that make your heart open.

Drawing inspiration from this struggle a discussion about reclaiming public space both locally & globally will follow. This will feature speakers Yasmine Brien from Kebele in Bristol – a self-managed community centre that was occupied at first and is now fully owned by its users – & a local representative from Govanhill baths Community trust/ the Kinning Park centre.

Thursday 25th,  7 – 10pm @ the Pearce Institute, 840 Govan Rd (opposite Govan underground)
Iranian short films, 30 – 40mins

**Yassamine Mather, herself exiled from Iran due to the political climate, will speak representing H.O.P.I. (Hands of the People of Iran). Yassamine will talk about both the current possibility of the U.S.A. waging war against Iran and past and present governments and political movements of Iran and how all of these affect life for Iranian people themselves, including women. She will then be available for Q & A and to take part in discussion.


Wednesday 1st, 7 – 10.30pm, (cert PG), CCA cinema space , 350 Sauciehall St (nearest tubes – cowcaddens & st georges cross)

OPEN SOURCE DISCUSSION & SITA SINGS THE BLUES by Nina Paley, 1hr 22mins, film starts 9pm

First up is a DISCUSSION on copyright and intellectual ownership sparked off by our panel: Nina Moeller, Simon Yuill & Sacha Kahir who will bring their experiences of intellectual copyright, open source film-making and the plant patenting-resistance movement in Ecuador.

Next is SITA SINGS THE BLUES, Dir. Nina Paley (2009) 1hr 22mins (cert. PG)

This gorgeously coloured animation retells the story, that features in the ancient Indian epic Ramayana, of Sita a Goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. It is also a contemporary story of the director who moves to India to be with her love only for him to dump her by email… thus we have the movie billed as the “the Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told.” Three shadow puppets voiced by Aseem Chhabra, Bhavana Nagulapally and Manish Acharya retell the ancient story from memory, sometimes disagreeing on the details along the way! This is an open source film which means that it is completely free to screen, distribute & sell. More details are available on

**The first ten people into the film get a free dvd copy!

saturday 4th,  7 – 8pm, CCA cinema space , 350 Sauciehall St (nearest tubes – cowcaddens & st georges cross)
QPOC Shorts (queer people of colour) – Misc shorts made by and about QPOCs, including ‘

Homotopia, Family, Desi Girls, Baldwin’s Nigger and more…Too many to tell all in detail but can kick it off with a description of Homotopia: Set sometime in the future-present Homotopia chronicles a group of radical queer’s dedicated to exposing the trouble with gay marriage, dismantling the State, undoing Empire, while looking totally fierce. Woven into the story of Yoshi’s adventures in love, resistance, and sex, is a critique of the crushing violence of homonormativity and its deadly perpetuation of US patriotism, conservative kinship structures and affective accumulation. Homotopia holds cinematic assumptions hostage through its motley assemblage of never-passing crew. Race, gender, ability and desire are reworked through an anti-colonial take of queer struggle creating a visual rhythm of melancholic utopianism that knows there may be no future but still hopes today is not their last. Love revolution, not State delusion, Homotopia.


Wednesday 19th, 7 – 9pm @ the Pearce Institute, 840 Govan Rd (opposite Govan underground)

Gypsy Caravan – When the road bends, Dir Jasmine Dellal, 1hr 50 mins, (cert PG)

This celebratory musical documentary follows five Romani bands from four countries who unite for the “Gypsy Caravan” – a six week tour around the USA. As well as capturing riveting and beautiful stage performances the film takes us behind the scenes, into the tour bus and back to the home places of the musicians and dancers. In surprisingly intimate footage shot in Macedonia, Romania, India and Spain we learn more of the individual, family and community lives of people whose culture crosses national boundaries. As they tour together they learn from each other sharing their joys and difficulties, speaking of experiences of prejudice and discovering more about the richness of their shared heritage. Definitely a fists up for Roma pride!

Saturday 22nd , 7 – 10pm @ the Pearce Institute, 840 Govan Rd (opposite Govan underground)

Injustice, Dirs Ken Fero & Tariq Mehmood

Between 1969 and 1999 over 1000 people died in police custody in England. Not one police officer has been convicted for any of these deaths. Injustice shows how these people met violent deaths at the hands of the police and how the families of the dead came together to fight for the truth. Since its release the police tried to censor the film by threatening legal action at cinemas but the film-makers refused to stop screening the film and took it on a national tour. Injustice has been described as the most politically controversial UK film of recent years and has now gained an international reputation and numerous awards. Despite this success UK television has banned the film.


Saturday 5th,  7 – 9 pm, CCA cinema space , 350 Sauciehall St (nearest tubes – cowcaddens & st georges cross)

POC Shorts – Misc short films made by people of colour from all around the world, including the UK premiere of  ‘African booty scratcher’ by Nikyatu Jusu, & ‘Be Roma or die tryin’, & ‘Hidden Herstories

Afropunk (date/ time & venue tbc……..possible gigs as well)

Dir James Spooner, 1hr 6 mins

Afro-Punk explores race identity within the punk scene. More than your everyday, Behind the Music or typical “black history month” documentary this film tackles the hard questions, such as issues of loneliness, exile, inter-racial dating and black power. AP follows the lives of four people who have dedicated themselves to the punk rock lifestyle. They find themselves in conflicting situations, living the dual life of a person of color in a mostly white community. Featuring music of Afro-Punk performances by Bad Brains, Tamar Kali, Cipher, and Ten Grand and exclusive interviews by members of Fishbone, 247-spyz, Dead Kennedys, Candiria, Orange 9mm and TV on the Radio to name a few.

**EXCLUSIVE UK PREMIERE (date/ time/ venue tbc……keep yer eyes peeled!!)

White Lies, black sheep, Dir James Spooner

A.J, real name Ajamu Talib,  Brooklyn born and bred yet outcast by his peers, his only escape was  music. A.J. found freedom in rock n roll. He begins to find that his chosen community, the white rock world, only seems to run smoothly for white rockers. A series of events force him to recognize hisfriends both exotify him and are in denial of his blackness. Black, but not “really” black. What’s a young black rocker to do?


Tuesday 8th

**There is also a possibility, dependent on funding, of a Q & A discussion with Katalin Barsony & Marion Kurucz from Mundi Romani and screenings of their work along with music & workshops.

Wednesday 16th, 7 – 9pm @ the Pearce Institute, 840 Govan Rd (opposite Govan underground)

All power to the people, Dir Lew Lee, 1hr 55mins, (no cert)

A passionate and informative historical documentary of the birth and growth of the black power movement in the U.S.A. Moving though the earlier civil rights movement and neighbourhood revolts it charts the growth of black consciousness and self organisation via contemporary interviews and film footage from the times. Focusing on the Black Panther Party it reveals how it inspired the struggles of other oppressed social groups, such as First Nations, Japanese, Latino & Asian peoples in the US , with their free breakfast program for kids, 10 point program for black freedom and armed self-defence against racist violence. Gives some inside info on the infamous FBI Cointelpro campaign to bring down the Black Panther Party and reflects on its lasting legacy..

Thursday 17th,
7 – 10pm, CCA cinema space , 350 Sauciehall St (nearest tubes – cowcaddens & st georges cross)

BonitaPura Vida? by Jan Nimmo, 25 min & 29 min
Jan Nimmo had been visiting Latin America for 10 years before making Bonita : Ugly Bananas (2004 – 25min) in co-operation with FENACLE, a local trade union. It follows workers living on a banana plantation in Ecuador beginning to organise against great odds to improve their lot. Then in 2006 she completed Pura Vida? in co-operation with SITRAP, a local trade union, which shows something of the reality behind Costa Rica’s ”tourist friendly” image. Local people passionately speak out and organise to expose and end the pollution and damage to their health and environment caused by the pineapple and banana industries.

You can find out more at Greengold/Oro verde

Salud y Solidaridad by Camcorder guerillas
Filmed in Mexico, Chiapas region in the 16th February municipality which is twinned with the Edinburgh Chiapas Solidarity Group(ECSG). It is one of 38 Autonomous Municipalities where the Zapatista indigeneous people are creating a new world. Local people have taken control of the land, schools and health care, and run things though a system of grass-roots democracy. In many communities state officials and private businesses are unable to set foot

**With Jan Nimmo and a speaker from Edinburgh Chiapas Solidarity group discussing the respective struggles & giving updates on the situations.


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