Creative Activism – Help Us Do More?

Creative Activism – Help Us Do More?

Dear friends,

April sees us launch our first major Tipping Point Funding Appeal – it’s a campaign that we will run from April to June and is being done via the PATREON funding platform.

PATREON is very much about continuous support for creative projects – we are increasingly seeing our work as ‘creative activism’ and feel that this USA platform is the best place for us to showcase our work.

The Tipping Point banner (Tipping Point North South with Tipping Point Film Fund as its main activity to date) embraces support for film through cinema documentaries and occasional in-house short films; a long running film club; and a number of film focussed collaborative events.  It has delivered a number public events on a variety of single issue campaigns (Palestine; tax justice; environment & breast cancer) and has also developed its own in-house campaigns (military spending; environment and breast cancer).

Forthcoming projects will continue to reflect this diverse programme of work as we continue to initiate and deliver activities of a high standard, which reach out to both the public and decision-makers alike.

We are supported primarily through grants and individual (some major) donors. As our work matures and expands, so we also want to expand our small scale individual funding base. So, we are encouraging all our friends and supporters to find out more about what we do and spread the word about out work. We know times are incredibly tough, but if you see the value in the kind of creative activism we undertake, then we would love you to think about supporting our work.

We are a small organisation, with a very small cost base, committed to ethical practise. We believe in this, that

The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you can alter the way people look at reality, then you can change the world.’
James Baldwin

Please find out more on our PATREON PAGE. If you are considering a donation, simply click ‘open an account’ (you can use credit/debit cards or paypal) and follow directions.Have a great Easter.

Best wishes
Deborah, Kevin, Justin and all at Tipping Point

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Coming screenings of Open Bethlehem around the UK in 2015

Coming screenings of Open Bethlehem around the UK in 2015

Dear Friends,

Open Bethlehem was released across the UK, beginning on December 5th. It has been shown in London, Liverpool, York, Oxford, Bristol, Norwich, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness to full house audiences with enthusiastic feedback. There were great Q&As of Leila with Jeremy Hardy, Irvine Welsh, Paul Laverty, among others. TPFF hosted two sell-out screenings at the Lexi cinema and the Ritzy Picturehouse. The cinema release of Open Bethlehem continues in the new year around the UK. The listing of screenings in the next few months can be seen below. Don’t miss the chance to see this wonderful film in the cinema.

“Leila Sansour’s documentary Open Bethlehem follows her campaign to stop occupying Israeli for ces encircling her hometown with a concrete wall. Sansour’s film, which follows her attempts to unite Christians, Muslims and Jews in their desire for free access to the Holy City, is the kind of art that peace processes are built on.”
— Peter Bradshaw, Film Critic, Guardian

Open Bethlehem Poster
You can see OPEN BETHLEHEM in the following cinemas:
06 Jan NOTTINGHAM Broadway Screening 19.45
06 Jan WELWYN Garden City Cinema Screening and Q&A (pre-screening) 20.45
14 Jan WELWYN Garden City Cinema Screening 17.50
20 Jan CARDIGAN, Theatr Mwldan Screening 18.05
21 Jan CARDIGAN, Theatr Mwldan Screening 18.05
22 Jan CARDIGAN, Theatr Mwldan Screening 16.40
23 Jan CARDIGAN, Theatr Mwldan Screening 20.35
24 Jan CARDIGAN, Theatr Mwldan Screening and Q&A 20.20
02 Feb BRIGHTON Komedia Screening and Q&A 21.00
03 Feb STIRLING Macrobert Screening 19.00
05 Feb PORTSMOUTH No 6 Screening and Q&A 19.00
08 Feb HEXHAM Forum Screening
08 Feb Leominster, Playhouse Screening
09 Feb Gate Notting Hill Screening and Q&A with Senior NBC News Editor Brinley Burton (via Ourscreen.com) 21.00
11 Feb Dartington, The Barn Screening 20.30
12 Feb HEBDEN BRIDGE Picturehouse Screening 19.45
17 Feb BIRMINGHAM MAC Screening 18.00
18 Feb BIRMINGHAM MAC Screening 20.30
18 Feb The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington Screening
28 Feb Ritzy Brixton Screening (via Ourscreen.com – this screening will go ahead if enough tickets are booked. Spread the word!)
01 Mar DERBY Quad Screening and Q&A
02 Mar Norwich Cinema City Screening (via Ourscreen.com – this screening will go ahead if enough tickets are booked. Spread the word!) 21.00
03 Mar The Courtyard, Hereford

(Borderlines Film Festival)

Screening and Q&A 20.00
04 Mar BATH Chapel Arts Screening and Q&A 18.30
05 Mar Stratford East Picturehouse Screening (via Ourscreen.com – this screening will go ahead if enough tickets are booked. Spread the word!) 21.00
08 Mar Stratford Upon Avon Picturehouse Screening (via Ourscreen.com – this screening will go ahead if enough tickets are booked. Spread the word!) 18.00
09 Mar Hackney Picturehouse Screening (via Ourscreen.com – this screening will go ahead if enough tickets are booked. Spread the word!) 18.00
09 Mar Exter Picturehouse Screening (via Ourscreen.com – this screening will go ahead if enough tickets are booked. Spread the word!) 21.00
10 Mar Coventry Showcase Screening TBA
13 Mar Salisbury Studio Theatre Screening TBA
16 Mar Edinburgh Cameo Screening (via Ourscreen.com – this screening will go ahead if enough tickets are booked. Spread the word!) 21.00
18 Mar Leicester Pheonix Screening and Q&A 18.30
18 Mar Leicester Pheonix Screening and Q&A 18.30
18 Mar Aberystwyth Morlan Centre Screening 19.00
25 Mar Aberystwyth Arts Centre

(The Wales One World Festival)

Screening 20.15
26 Mar Rhosygilwen, Pembrokeshire Screening 20.00
27 Mar Hexham Forum Screening (via Ourscreen.com – this screening will go ahead if enough tickets are booked. Spread the word!) 20.30
28 Mar Stratford East Picturehouse Screening (via Ourscreen.com – this screening will go ahead if enough tickets are booked. Spread the word!) 13.00
30 Mar Hackney Picturehouse Screening (via Ourscreen.com – this screening will go ahead if enough tickets are booked. Spread the word!) 18.00
30 Mar Duke of Yorks, Brighton Screening (via Ourscreen.com – this screening will go ahead if enough tickets are booked. Spread the word!)
21 April Swansea Taliesin Arts Centre Screening TBA
22 April Milford Haven, The Torch Screening TBA
08 May Grimsby Oasis Wintringham Screening TBA

Festive Greetings from TPFF!

Dear friends, supporters & colleagues,

As we come to the end of 2014, it’s fair to say that we would have wished to see a much more peaceful and equitable year than the one we have just witnessed.

But as long as more and more people actively engage with a variety of (inter-connected) issues – realizing that if we are to make our society better, we need to come together – there is hope for change. Inequality has been successfully challenged in the past and can be again; the war machine can (and must) be resisted; our shared environment must be protected.

So (if you’re not doing it already!) why not support campaigns challenging TTIP; or one of the anti-fracking groups; find out about the incredible Veterans for Peace UK and the BACK NHS CAMPAIGN.

Change takes time. This – in part – is the message of Open Bethlehem and its campaign. It is also at the heart of We Are Many and the story of the anti-Iraq war global peace movement. But change for the social good does, eventually, come.

It always seems impossible until it is done.
Nelson Mandela

Next year, we look forward to sharing more of our campaign work with you (developed under theTipping Point North South banner). This includes an exciting event linked to the fracking issue and Josh Fox’s powerful and disturbing Gasland 2; our follow up event to Bethlehem Unwrapped, linked to the 10th anniversary of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign; and our new campaign on the pink-washing of breast cancer.

All this, as well as ongoing plans for more screenings of Open Bethlehem (trailer) and the UK release ofWe Are Many (trailer).

Finally, as we come to the end of another year, we want to extend a very big thank you to all our film and campaign funders – grant-makers and individual donors alike. We could not do what we do without your commitment. Thank you.

Wishing you all peaceful holiday and happy New Year.

Deborah, Kevin, Justin, Ho-Chih & all at Tipping Point.

Guardian Review: Why ‘Open Bethlehem’ is the one film you should see this week

Guardian Review: Why ‘Open Bethlehem’ is the one film you should see this week

Dear Friends,

The cinema release of Open Bethlehem will kickstart tomorrow December 5th at Genesis Cinema in London. The full listing of screenings in December can be found hereBook your tickets now to watch the Guardian’s ‘must-see film’ of the week:


“Leila Sansour’s documentary Open Bethlehem follows her campaign to stop occupying Israeli forces encircling her hometown with a concrete wall. Sansour’s film, which follows her attempts to unite Christians, Muslims and Jews in their desire for free access to the Holy City, is the kind of art that peace processes are built on.”

 

Peter Bradshaw

Watch the whole Guardian’s whole video review here.

TPFF will host 2 screenings – the first will be on this coming Sunday:

15.30pm, 07 Dec, KENSAL RISE, Lexi Cinema
18.00pm, 19 Dec, BRIXTON, Ritzy Picturehouse

We hope you can join us – experience what is a truly authentic Christmas film in cinemas across the UK this December.

Best wishes

Deborah & Leila

An authentic Christmas film in cinemas this December

Dear Friends,

Open Bethlehem UK cinema release December 2014
(Apologies for any cross posting!)

This film is a very personal ‘Bethlehem story’ which encompasses the history of, as well as the present-day reality for, the town of Bethlehem and its citizens as they cope with life under occupation. It is a film about family, adversity, hope and, of course, Christmas.

So, if you want to see an authentic Christmas film this year, Open Bethlehem (trailer) is for you.

“One of the most remarkable and moving documentaries I have seen. The tragedy
of the Palestinians encapsulated in the life of one town, Bethlehem”  Jon Snow

Picturehouse cinemas will be screening Leila Sansour’s film Open Bethlehem across the UK, beginning on December 5th. To book, select your cinema here.

18.30pm, 05 Dec, MILE END, Genesis Cinema, Screening and Q&A with Leila Sansour
15.45pm, 06 Dec, YORK, Picturehouse Screening
15.00pm, 07 Dec, KENSAL RISE, Lexi Cinema, Screening and Q&A with Leila Sansour
18.00pm, 08 Dec, CROUCH END, Arthouse Crouch End, Screening and Q&A with Leila Sansour & Jeremy Hardy
09 Dec, DALSTON, Rio Cinema, Screening and Q&A with Leila Sansour EVE, TBC
17.45pm, 10 Dec, EAST FINCHLEY, The Phoenix Cinema, Screening and Q&A with Leila Sansour
18.00pm, 11 Dec, EDINBURGH, Edinburgh Filmhouse, Screening and Q&A with Leila Sansour & Paul Laverty, chaired by Lee Randell
18.00pm, 12 Dec, GLASGOW, Glasgow Film Theatre, Screening and Q&A with Leila Sansour & Kathy Galloway, chaired by Irvine Welsh
14.00pm, 13 Dec, DUNDEE, DCA, Screening and Q&A with Leila Sansour chaired by Simon Bateson
20.00pm, 13 Dec, ABERDEEN, Belmont Filmhouse, Screening and Q&A with Leila Sansour chaired by Simon Bateson
15.00pm, 14 Dec, INVERNESS, Eden Court Screening and Q&A with Leila Sansour & John Glenday, chaired by Simon Bateson
17.45pm, 15 Dec, OXFORD, Phoenix Picturehouse, Screening and Q&A with Leila Sansour
18.00pm, 16 Dec, BRISTOL, Watershed, Bristol Palestine Film Festival – screening and Q&A with Leila Sansour
18.15pm, 18 Dec, NORWICH, Cinema City, Screening
18.00pm, 19 Dec, BRIXTON, Ritzy Picturehouse, Screening and Q&A with Leila Sansour, Jeremy Hardy & Adjoa Andoh

TPFF will host screenings at The Lexi and The Ritzy

And if you’d like to organise your own screening, you can do this via ourscreen.com.

Finally, below are some vox pops from our sell-out September preview screening at the Royal Geographical Society.

We hope to see you at one of the events!

Best wishes

Deborah & Leila

Terrific response from audience at RGS preview screening with Melvyn Bragg

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AUTUMN GREETINGS Round-up and plans for coming months…

Autumnal greeting to all our supporters, friends and colleagues,

With the return of Occupy to London; the UK parliament’s (non-binding) vote to recognize Palestine and the thousands who marched around the world in solidarity with the people of Gaza; with hundreds of thousands of people around the world who marched for action on climate change ahead of UN Climate Summit in New York and not forgetting the Scottish referendum here at home – slowly but surely, we can take hope that tides are turning on some of the biggest issues of today and that civil society is finding its voice and its strength on many, often connected, issues.

On which note, here’s a quick round-up of Tipping Point’s projects.

Film: OPEN BETHLEHEM

Leila Sansour’s film Open Bethlehem was previewed on September 24th to a sell-out audience of 720 at London’s Royal Geographical Society. It was an incredible evening – MPs and activists; academics and media all joined with many leading Palestinian figures and hundreds of members of the general public in giving the film and Leila, a standing ovation.
Melvyn Bragg interviewed Leila after the film and this was followed by a Q&A with the audience . Amongst other things, Leila was keen to share the plans for the campaign of the same name – Open Bethlehem – which has the Bethlehem passport at its heart. It was the most energising start possible to the film’s release in the UK, this Christmas and New Year.

Open Bethlehem Dates for Diary
We are very close to finalising a release schedule with Picturehouse and we will update everyone (email and social media) as soon as we have those Dec/January Dates! The first UK Bethehem Passport Ambassador’s Seminar is scheduled for 8th November 2014, at Amos Trust, St Clement’s Eastcheap, London EC4N 7HB. More than 100 are signed up already – so do click on the link if you’d like to join us on the day to find out more.

Film: WE ARE MANY

… is THE story of people power, to be released in the UK early next year.  Our Doc/fest premiere and other private screenings since are indicating that the film will be a hit with audiences. Such was the level of enthusiasm at a recent private screening in London, that we unexpectedly raised a significant sum to go towards the UK release. The film was also recently screened in New York at the invitation of the Ford Foundation for a film industry and philanthropic audience, where Amir is starting conversations about the film’s release in the USA.

If you’d like to support the film’s release and outreach, let us know! Email Deborah@tippingpoinfilmfund.com

Event: BETHLEHEM UNWRAPPED

We were delighted to welcome a 3000-strong audience to our mini-Bethlehem UnwrappedFestival hyperlink to webpage at Greenbelt this summer which included music, dance, spoken word, testimony, poetry and Tom Pursey’s wonderful short documentary about B/U at St James’s Piccadilly.

Some UPCOMING event plans for 2015 include:

~ Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS).The next Bethlehem Unwrapped team project– an international event designed to mark the 10th anniversary of the boycott, divestment and sanctions call by Palestinian civil society in July 2005.

~ Halt to Fracking in UK: we’re also working on a project that will link films, cycling, trekking and FRACKING in Yorkshire.  We very much want to make a Tipping Point contribution to the anti-fracking movement in the UK, timed just before the next general election

Campaign:  THE FIVE PERCENT CAMPAIGN
The 5% CampaignEarlier this year we received a two year grant from the Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation as well as funds from a major donor to support the next stage of our military spending campaign. We are keen to take this issue to mainstream development and environment campaign organisations – we feel strongly that military spending is every bit as important to understanding the imbalance in relations between the rich world and the global south, as debt, trade, tax and climate change. Indeed, it is inter-connected with all of them and now more than ever, as the USA pushes for increases across the world on military spending – at a time of austerity. We are delighted to be developing this work with colleagues across the development, health, peace and environment sectors.

If you’d like to know more about what interests us on this issue, do sign up for our Blog.

Campaign: FROM PINK TO PREVENTION

There is a growing number of individuals, organisations and campaign groups who argue that the ‘pinking’ – or commercialisation – of  breast cancer has  gone too far and is preventing key issues being addressed, such as the role of environment and occupational risks. The film Pink Ribbon Inc highlighted the nature of corporate ‘pinkwash’; the takeover by business of a disease whereby  the public are asked to engage with breast cancer primarily through fundraising, via highly effective PR  campaigns.

In the coming weeks, as we conclude Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we will launching the campaign & website for From Pink to Prevention. Our aim is to raise awareness about the ‘barriers’ to understanding what prevention is; to ask fundamental questions about why environment and occupation are missing from the debate and why – most importantly – these links to the disease are so marginalised by the mainstream cancer charities and government bodies alike. If you’d like to know more about our work on this – or to get involved with our campaign planning – please do get in touch.

Both the Five Percent Campaign and From Pink to Prevention are developed under our TIPPING POINT NORTH SOUTH banner. TPNS’s main activity is our Film Fund, but increasingly, as we widen our non-film specific activity (events and campaigns), we are doing this as TPNS.

We’re always here to share more about our work in general –  do feel to drop us an email if you’d like to know more about any particular aspect of our work or if you’d like to support what we are doing.

Best Wishes from all at Tipping Point

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Open Bethlehem at the Royal Geographical Society with Melvyn Bragg

Open Bethlehem at the Royal Geographical Society with Melvyn Bragg

Leila Sansour’s film Open Bethlehem was previewed to a sell-out audience of 720 at London’s Royal Geographical Society. It was an incredible evening – MPs and activists; academics and media all joined with many leading Palestinian figures and hundreds of members of the general public in giving the film and Leila, a standing ovation.

Key to the film and the outreach is the message that – to keep Bethlehem truly ‘open’ – we need people to visit the town, to see for the themselves – and to use independent travel companies to do this. So, we were delighted to welcome more than a dozen independent tour operators to be represented, including McCabe Pilgrimages, who part funded the film.

Melvyn Bragg interviewed Leila after the film and this was followed by a Q&A with the audience . Amongst other things, Leila was keen to share the plans for the campaign of the same name – Open Bethlehem – which has the Bethlehem passport at its heart.
It was the most energising start possible to the film’s release in the UK, later this year.

For more information about the passport:

Here is the brochure of the event [pdf].

And the first UK Bethehem Passport Ambassador’s Seminar is scheduled for 8th November 2014, at Amos Trust, St Clement’s Eastcheap, 1 St Clements Court, Clements Lane, London EC4N 7HB. Clink this link to contact Open Bethlehem Campaign for more information, or: phone +44(0)20 372 5349 or email admin@openbethlehem.org

Here are some of the tweets during the event: https://storify.com/mrwoodpigeon/open-bethlehem

Bethlehem Unwrapped at Greenbelt 2014

Bethlehem Unwrapped at Greenbelt 2014

Dear Greenbelt Festival friends,

We were delighted to welcome a 3000-strong audience to our mini-Bethlehem Unwrapped Festival at Greenbelt this year which included music, dance, spoken word, testimony, poetry and Tom Pursey’s wonderful short documentary about B/U at St James’s Piccadilly.

Justin welcomed Harry Baker and Dizraeli; Palestinian dancers Al-Zaytouna; Catalan singer Clara Sanabras with partner Harvey Brough; Martyn Joseph and Garth Hewitt .

Tipping Point’s Ho-Chih recorded highlights from the event and if you’d like to get a taste of what a WONDERFUL afternoon it was, click here!

We were thrilled to welcome Revd Lindsay Meader and two of the brilliant Bethlehem Unwrapped WALL stewards, Debbie O’Brien and Mary Stewart, from St James’s Piccadilly. They shared their experiences and insights of the two weeks – and Linda Ramsden, director of ICAHD UK gave us all a reminder that, post Gaza, we need to be more engaged than ever.

There was an update on Leila Sansour’s film ‘Open Bethlehem’ and its forthcoming preview on 24th September at the RGS in London – and once again, we thanked Trust Greenbelt and all GB supporters for their ongoing backing for the film.

So, a huge thanks to all who came and for giving us such a memorable day at Greenbelt 2014…

Deborah, Justin & Ho-Chih

10 years on – the illegal Wall: Share our film

10 years since the Wall was declared illegal.

As part of our Bethlehem Unwrapped festival
https://tippingpointnorthsouth.org/2014/01/06/bethlehem-unwrapped-wall-comes-down-photos-videos/
we commissioned film-maker Tom Pursey to record all aspects of the event – from the construction (and subsequent public impact) of the 8m high life size replica WALL that was built in front of St James’s Piccadilly, through to all the live events that spanned our two week festival.

We are releasing our short film to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the declaration in 2004 by the International Court of Justice in The Hague (a UN body) that the barrier being built around the West Bank was illegal and should be pulled down.

We hope you enjoy the film – do feel free to share the link

https://vimeo.com/tpns/budoc

(Some older computers and mobile devices may not be able to properly display at High Definition resolution. If you have problems watching this video, please turn HD off by clicking the HD button at the bottom-right corner of the video screen.)

And if you would like to take action, War on Want has a petition asking the British government to live up to its obligations under the International Court of Justice advisory opinion:
www.waronwant.org/Wall

Best Wishes
Deborah, Justin, Ho-Chih and all at Tipping Point

PS Some news links from the time of the judgement 9th July 2004

We Are Many Premiere at Doc/Fest

Film Premiere at Doc/Fest

The reception for Amir’s film about the world’s largest protest – the anti-Iraq invasion protests of 2003 – took the UK’s leading documentary festival by storm!

To sell out audiences at Doc/Fest in Sheffield, the film received a standing ovation; much feedback on twitter and some brilliant reviews.

Many of the film’s team joined Amir for the screenings – executive producers Omid Djalili, Wael Kabbani, Pippa Harris, Taghi Amirani and ourselves from TPFF – along with Amir’s brother, sister and mother. It was a truly ‘We Are Many’ film family event. There are very encouraging discussions being held about the UK release for later this year and we’ll be sharing those plans as they develop. Meantime, enjoy some of the comments and images here…

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Press

The Huffington Post UK: ‘We Are Many’ Film Review – A Tireless Look At Events Leading To And From Stop The War March 2003 ★★★★★

The Star: Sheffield Doc/Fest Best of Fest

Grolsch Film Works: Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014: We Are Many ★★★★☆

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Film Launch and Auction of Bethlehem Unwrapped

Film Launch and Auction of Bethlehem Unwrapped

St Luke's church

In beautiful surroundings of St Luke’s Church, north London, on Wednesday 4 June at 7.30pm, 90 guests joined us for the premiere of our short documentary about the Bethlehem Unwrapped festival at St James’s Church Piccadilly last Christmas. There was also an auction of the graffitied Wall panels – a historic snapshot of when the Wall came to London.

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Justin Butcher, Creative Director of the Bethlehem Unwrapped gave a lovely introduction and update on the ongoing activities of the Bethlehem Unwrapped. We then showed all the content that was projected onto the Wall during the festival and premiered the Bethlehem Unwrapped documentary by Tom Pursey. It was fun, inspiring and moving, and received excellent response from the audience. Zaytoun CIC (artisan Palestinian produce) provided light refreshments during the break.

People from St James’s Church Piccadilly came and did entertaining readings from the visitors book and some of the thousands of emails that were sent in during and after the festival.

Lastly we had the auction – we sold a lot of panels.

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BUT some still remain! If you’re interested to know more about the remaining lots we’d be delighted to share more with you. Email deborah@tippingpointfilmfund.com.

LOTS (Approx size per panel – 8ft x 4ft)

  1. “Peace Camel” (Large)
  2. “We Love Peace” (smaller single panel)
  3. “God Loves You” (smaller single panel)
  4. “The Key” (large single panel)
  5. “End This” (single panel)
  6. “The Writing is on the Wall” (R/H panel of 2)
  7. “No More Walls” – (2 panels)
  8. “Libra Palastina” (L/H panel of 3)

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All in all, it was a great night. We thank all the people who helped make this happen. We also would like to express our gratitude to those wonderful people who contributed – all proceeds from the event will go to the Holy Land Trust in Bethlehem.

Spring News : events, films, campaigns

Spring News : events, films, campaigns

We hope this springtime finds you well and able to find at least a little bit of time to enjoy this beautiful time of the year… Here is our spring news update. Lots of good things happening and coming to fruition!  A few ‘save the dates’ to share with you:

  • June 4th: Our Bethlehem Unwrapped WALL auction & short film premiere (more below)
  • June 8/9thWe Are Many screenings at the wonderful Sheffield Doc/Fest (more below)
  • August 24th: Greenbelt – Bethlehem Unwrapped Mini-Programme
  • September 24th: UK preview of Leila Sansour’s feature documentary Open Bethlehem (new title for film& campaign combined), at the Royal Geographical Society in London. (More event details to follow in our June/July newsletter)

FILMS

OPEN BETHLEHEM film & campaign

Screening

On May 15th, we held a preview screening for funders, press and distribution partners, hosted by C4’s Jon Snow. The response to the film was excellent. Our plan is for a UK cinema release late autumn/early winter, after the RGS event in late September. TPFF will also be hosting previews in June for NGO/charity partners interested in the film’s outreach and campaign.

WE ARE MANY film

We are delighted that Amir’s film has been selected for two screenings at Sheffield Doc/Fest. Our wonderful Executive Producer Omid Djalili will join Amir and one or two of the film’s contributors for one of the post screening discussions on Sunday 8th or Monday 9th June. The film has recently secured a UK sales agent to sell the film internationally, as well as the support of highly respected film-maker and producer of many of Sam Mendes’ films, Pippa Harris. We are delighted to have her on board as one of our executive producers.  We’re aiming for a UK cinema release in autumn this year.

EVENTS

BETHLEHEM UNWRAPPED: short film premiere, exhibition and auction

Wednesday June 4th at 7.30pm at St Luke’s Church, Hillmarton Road, London N7 9RE (Nearest tube Caledonian Road, Piccadilly line, 5 mins walk. Doors open at 7pm. Admission is free / voluntary donation at the door).

Join us for the premiere of our Bethlehem Unwrapped short film by Tom Pursey; an exhibition of our WALL at St James’s Piccadilly followed by its auction! Funds to go to our B/U partner, The Holy Land Trust. We are working together with another Bethlehem Unwrapped partner, the P21 Gallery,  for this event.

The WALL was in place for two weeks from 23rd December 2103; it had 30,000 visitors from all over the world and accumulated the graffitied drawings and messages of many of them. It became a major collective work of protest art, reported and reviewed by global television, radio, print and online publications, reaching a social media audience of 8 million via Twitter.

And if you can’t join us on 4th June we’ll be sending out a link to Tom Pursey’s film after the event.

CAMPAIGNS

Tipping Point North South
Tipping Point North South’s main activity is our Film Fund, but as we now starting to widen our activity to include non-film specific projects( including the development of  our own in-house campaigns), we are undertaking this work under the TPNS banner.

The Five Percent Campaign – a Tipping Point North South initiative

We are delighted to have received a two year grant from the Polden Puckham Charitable Foundation as well as funding from a major donor to support the next stage of our military spending campaign. We are keen to take this issue to the mainstream development sector – we feel strongly that military spending is every bit as important to understanding the imbalance in relations between the rich world and the global south, as debt, trade, tax and climate change. Indeed, it is inter-connected with all of them. We are delighted to be developing this work with colleagues across the development, health, peace and environment sectors.

From Pink to Prevention – a Tipping Point North South campaign with The Alliance for Cancer Prevention

The film Pink Ribbons Inc highlighted the nature of corporate ‘pinkwash’; the takeover by business of a disease that has now become cloaked in ‘pink’ – the public are asked to engage with breast cancer primarily through fundraising, and via highly effective PR  campaigns.  But this swamping of the issue by ‘pink’ results in the marginalising of many unaddressed issues such as the role that the wider environment plays in breast cancer. Why is this?

We are working with The Alliance for Cancer Prevention to try and raise awareness about the ‘barriers’ to understanding what prevention is, what it means, what it looks like and why – most importantly- it is so marginalised by the mainstream cancer charities and government bodies alike.

To support our work on researching the ‘vested interests’ that we believe stand in the way of debating environmental and occupational links to breast cancer, we are delighted to have received a grant for this year from The Ratcliff Foundation.

Keep in touch

That’s our news for now – as ever, do drop us an email if you’d like to know more about any particular aspect of our work or if you’d like to support what we are doing.

Email info@tippingpointfilmfund.
You can also find us on FACEBOOK or TWITTER.

But before we sign off…

Celebrating Tony Benn…

We joined with all those who expressed their sadness at the passing of Tony Benn.  Stop the War are organising an evening to celebrate his extraordinary life on Thursday 5 June 6.30pm, Camden Centre, Judd Street, London WC1H 9JE. Tickets book in advance or call 020 7561 4830.

All the best from us at TPFF

‘As film-makers we’ve got to ask the big questions – not just look at the symptoms and go, “Oh there’s a victim, let’s tell their story.”’  Ken Loach
“Bethlehem Unwrapped” WALL comes down – photos & videos

“Bethlehem Unwrapped” WALL comes down – photos & videos

Dear friends,

After two incredible weeks, our ‘Bethlehem Unwrapped’ festival hosted by St James’s Church Piccadilly came to end on the 5th January and the replica WALL finally came down. Between December 23rd and January 5th, thousands came to see it and many came to write on it. The vast majority wrote messages of peace and solidarity while small number wrote in favour of the real separation wall. Messages were written in many languages and by British and international visitors alike.

The WALL also hosted film projections – including specially commissioned animated images by Treatment Studios; paintings by children from the Dar Al-Kalima School in Bethlehem (also exhibited inside St James’s); One World’s song ‘Freedom for Palestine’ and two video art pieces from internationally recognised Palestinian artist Larissa Sansour, Run Lara Run, Happy Days and A Space Exodus (for more of her extraordinary work, visit www.larissasansour.com)

The ‘Bethlehem Unwrapped’ festival programme included a wonderful line up of artists across spoken word, comedy, film, cuisine, debate and music – Rafeef Ziadah, Harry Baker and Bridget Minamore; Mark Steel, Jeremy Hardy and Dave Cohen; Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi; Jeff Halper and Leila Sansour; Adjoa Andoh and Yasmin Alibhai Brown; The Tallis Scholars and Nigel Kennedy – all performing to sell-out audiences. And inside St James’s Church we also had a mini-film programme of documentaries which included ‘Portrait of Bethlehem’ – photographs old and new from Planet Bethlehem Archive/Leila Sansour.

So, for all this, we send a HUGE thank-you to all the performers who took part and without whom we would not have had the wonderful two weeks that made up ‘Bethlehem Unwrapped’.

And those performers and contributors would also join us in recognizing the courage and commitment of St. James’s Rector Lucy Winkett, the clergy, wardens, PCC, staff and congregation to hosting a project that was always going to be perceived  (by some anyway) as a controversial one.

Tipping Point North South (of which TPFF is an activity) was proud to be a lead partner on ‘Bethlehem Unwrapped’ – the brainchild of Tipping Point co-founder Justin Butcher. He pulled together an extraordinary team to make the event happen, from the WALL design and build team to the events programming and production management; from commissioning animation and film projections for the WALL to social media, press and PR. Together with everyone at St James’s, our wonderful production team forged close partnerships with our partner organisations including ICAHD, Amos Trust, Zaytoun and War on Want.

We’ve made a small selection of some of the reviews, articles and blogs about ‘Bethlehem Unwrapped’. Meantime, our launch clip on the Bethlehem Unwrapped youtube channel continues to be viewed – up to 60k so far. Below are links to this as well as our specially commissioned ‘Wall’ projections. (Special thanks to our photographer Hannah Barton and Tom Pursey our film recordist).

Here is hoping that the Palestinian people will see progress, somehow, in this New Year 2014.

Best wishes,
Deborah, Justin, Ho-Chih and Jen

Bethlehem Unwrapped is presented by St James’s Church, Piccadilly, in association with Amos Trust, Holy Land Trust, Interpal, Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) UK, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, P21 Gallery, Tipping Point North South, War on Want & Zaytoun CIC.

Tipping Point North South is a co-operative that supports and initiates creative, campaign-driven projects that advance the global social justice agenda, through its Film Fund and other activities.

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Life-size replica of ‘separation’ WALL in Piccadilly – seen it yet?

Life-size replica of ‘separation’ WALL in Piccadilly – seen it yet?

The WALL at St James’s Piccadilly ‘unveiled’ & ‘in-situ’ until Jan 5th

Dear friends, colleagues and supporters,

If you’re not able to get to see our WALL in St  James’s Piccadilly, the short video below shows the WALL’s completion at our launch last Monday evening. Tom Pursey (who, btw, took part in our Tax and the Civilised Society day in June) is recording the festival throughout… so do watch out for more short clips by him on our Bethlehem Unwrapped Youtube channel.

Tipping Point co-founder Justin Butcher is the Bethlehem Unwrapped festival director and the person behind the WALL concept; Deborah Burton is the event co-producer; and Tipping Point board member, actor Adjoa Andoh is taking part in the closing ceremony on 5th January. We are very proud partners on this imaginative and much-talked about Christmas event and salute Lucy Winkett, Rector, the clergy, wardens, PCC, staff & congregation of St James’s Piccadilly for their courage in welcoming this initiative at their church.

And just today, Giles Fraser wrote his Guardian column on the WALL! Look out for it on Guardian Unlimited and in the Guardian on Saturday.

The festival has been reported, tweeted, blogged, had picks of the week, variously by: The Guardian, The Times, BBC World Service; Al Jazeera; Ali Abunimah, Max Blumenthal, Stephen Fry, Naomi Klein, Max Keiser – with more coming in daily.

If you are in London, do make time to come and see the WALL – it’s 8m high and getting more and more messages left on it. A film programme (20 mins) is projected onto the WALL throughout the day; and inside St James’s is more for you to see as part of our Bethlehem Unwrapped festival.

Tickets are also selling well for our events programme – booking info below:

  • 29th Dec 7.30pm – a great line up of slam poets and spoken word artists including Rafeef Ziadah and Harry Baker
  • 30th Dec – a brilliant comedy night with Jeremy Hardy and Mark Steel headlining
  • 2nd Jan – Leila Sansour joins us for a screening of her film Jeremy Hardy vs the Israeli Army
  • 3rd Jan – a feast prepared by Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi
  • 4th Jan – a debate ‘Both sides of the Barrier – Separation or Security’
  • 5th Jan – Nigel Kennedy closes our festival with a concert ‘The Bridge’

For more info:
Website www.bethlehem-unwrapped.org
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bethlehem-unwrapped-tickets-9613306659
Twitter: @bethlehemfest
Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bethlehem-Unwrapped/481953781920120

See you at the WALL.

Deborah, Ho-Chih, Justin and Adjoa

End of Year Round-up

Dear friends, supporters and colleagues,

Can it be another year is drawing to a close?!
Before our brief end of year round-up, we wanted to share some festive dates for your diary…

BETHLEHEM UNWRAPPED  Dec 23rd-Jan 5th 2014  St James’s Piccadilly

Tipping Point is a lead partner on ‘Bethlehem Unwrapped’ a festival of Bethlehem at Christmas, in association with Amos Trust, Holy Land Trust, Interpal, Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) UK, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, P21 Gallery, War on Want  and Zaytoun.

A major installation will be unveiled on the opening evening, Monday 23rd December and our events programme, commencing 29th December, includes musician Nigel Kennedy; singer Reem Kelani;  chefs Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi; comedians Jeremy Hardy, Mark Steel, Dave Cohen;actor Adjoa Andoh, film-maker Leila Sansour;  artist Larissa Sansour; spoken word artist Rafeef Ziadah, UK Slam poetry champion Harry Baker; Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and ICAHD founder Jeff Halper.

We would love to see you if you find yourself in Piccadilly!

Tickets for events can be booked here.

Follow events on FacebookTwitter
and look out for an update email from us after 27th December with more exciting news about the festival – especially our Installation, designed by the team behind the Buckingham Palace projections during the Diamond Jubilee.

HIGHLIGHTS OF TPFF ACTIVITY IN 2013

Events
This year we’ve been involved in a number of collaborative events, most with a campaign focus:

  • In June we partnered with Tax Justice Network on ‘Tax and the Civilised Society’ – two film screenings (St Ethelburga’s and The Barbican) coupled with a tour revealing the secrets of the City of London.  First class speakers contributed to all three events  –  listen or read more here:

City of London walk and talks
Screening and panel discussion of “The Spirit of ‘45″
Screening and panel discussion of ‘We’re Not Broke’

  • Also in June we partnered with the Alliance for Cancer Prevention and the Organic Pharmacy to organise ‘Cancer Prevention: A Toxic Tour’ in Central London. Amongst other things, the tour explored the issue of vested interests that play a role in holding back the understanding of breast cancer as an environmental disease, worldwide .  ‘From Pink to Prevention’ is a new campaign we shall be developing and, as part of this, we will continue to work with the film ‘Pink Ribbons Inc’.  A great line up of  expert speakers and campaigners alike took part  in the tour itself.  Listen or read more here:

Cancer Prevention: A Toxic Tour

More about our new campaign From Pink to Prevention.

  • In August we had another great three days at Greenbelt where we previewed Amir Amirani’s film ‘We Are Many’ to a terrific audience reception; hosted a tax-justice event with Tax Justice Network and Christian Aid around the film ‘We’re Not Broke’ ; and  screened  the wonderful documentary ‘Sing Your Song’ about the life of Harry Belafonte where we were joined by Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin for a discussion about the incredible influence of Belafonte and the role of churches and social change.
  • This December, Bethlehem Unwrapped has been conceived by Justin Butcher, one of Tipping Point’s three co-founders. It speaks to the Kairos call by churches and communities in the Holy Land to churches worldwide to join with them in their struggle to ‘get our freedom back’. The Kairos Palestine call is modelled on the Kairos South Africa call.  We are delighted to be a lead partner on this event. An approved, abridged version of the 2009 Kairos document can be read here.

Developing a new global campaign on runaway global military spending

We dedicated considerable time in 2013 to research on our first ‘in-house’ campaign proposal. The Five Percent Campaign will link to ‘We Are Many’ (to be released next year),  but is primarily conceived as a single issue,  international campaign idea that holds the debt campaign or tax justice as a model to aspire to. It focusses on a very practical yet ambitious (over time)  formula that could deliver long-term, sustainable cuts to excessive global military spending (currently $1.7trillion – excluding the costs of conflicts like Afghanistan or Iraq).  We are now sharing the idea with our friends and colleagues across the campaign spectrum, with some already showing support and keen to help us develop the idea further.  This is just the very beginning of a new idea – but we hope it can, over time, gain serious attention and traction.

Tipping Point North South – a new website

As many involved with TPFF already know, we are actually constituted as Tipping Point North South (TPNS) – a ‘for the benefit of community’ co-operative, set up to work in the film and creative industries as well as within the ‘third sector (campaigning on social justice issues with fellow not-for-profit organisations). Tipping Point Film Fund – our main area of work to date – is an activity of TPNS.

This new Tipping Point North South website has been primarily created to host our growing in-house campaign development activity, as well as an increasing number of campaign-based partnership activities. So, we hope the new site can give a bit more clarity to work which is primarily campaign focussed, rather than film focussed … we will still carry film fund activity on the site and TPFF is still at the heart of what we do.

Film Projects

Leila Sansour

We’re delighted Leila can join us as a key contributor to the Bethlehem Unwrapped programme. On 2nd January at 7.30 she’ll be joining is for a Q&A after a screening of her first film Jeremy Hardy versus the Israeli Army; and on 4th Jan she will take part in a panel discussion about Israel’s separation wall.

We know there are very many of you who have been waiting for her film about Bethlehem  to arrive in a cinema near you!- and we are all working to make this happen. Former head of Exhibition and Distribution at the British Film Council,  Peter Buckingham of SampoMedia has now joined our team to lead on the planning and  fundraising efforts to support an innovative and fresh approach to the distribution of the film next year.

The plan for the release of the film and the audience outreach strategy now embraces the incredible archive that Leila accumulated during the course of making her film, making these archives, (eg newsreels and articles from the last century;  testimonies, maps and  more than 7000 photographs from past and present) – all available for viewers at screenings but also downloadable.  The film will release with a simultaneous launch of these archives across a variety of platforms  including  a digital app alongside  a conventional guidebook to the city which will form an extension of the film’s experience on the ground.

So, to reflect this ambitious new plan, the project has been renamed– very aptly! – PLANET BETHLEHEM.  We’ll keep everyone posted as events progress next year…

Amir Amirani – We Are Many

Now completed, the film will be going into post-production early next year. Events surrounding the UK’s ‘Syria vote’ at the House of Commons has added yet one more dimension to the film’s thesis – that protest does work. Recently Amir visited the USA to shoot some new material, including an interview with Hans Blix. We’re hoping for a release in Spring 2014!

And finally, big a  thank you to….

A big thank you to all those who have funded our work this year – individuals and organisations alike

And we are lucky to work with some incredibly inspiring people from the UK and around the world who are powerful advocates for social justice.  We wish them every good luck for their work – as film-makers,   as campaigners, or both –  in the coming year.

It always seems impossible until it is done

Nelson Mandela
July 18th 1918 –Dec 5th 2013

Wishing you a peaceful Christmas and New Year
Deborah, Ho Chih,  Jen and Kevin.

PS News about The Co-operative

It has been a very difficult year for the The Co-operative Group  and The Co-operative Bank.  We here at Tipping Point owe our existence to support from The Co-op – and many, many charities and NGOs have been supported over the years,  by The Co-op.  The Bank and the Group have a longstanding track record of backing many influential campaigns – from human rights, to environment to economic justice. We are supporting the Ethical Consumer campaign to ‘Save Our Bank’ – if you would like to know more, click here.

Here is a short summary of the campaign’s update from Save Our Bank Campaign 13/12/13

It’s now certain that the Co-operative Bank’s re-capitalisation plan will go ahead. This means private investors will soon own most of the bank. We know that the Co-operative Group will own 30% of the bank but we still don’t know exactly how the remaining 70% will break down between hedge funds and other private investors. – See more here.

Until now we have been focusing on the Ethical Policy to stop it being watered down. This week we spoke directly to Euan Sutherland, the Chief Executive of the Co-operative Group. He told us that:

  • The current Ethical Policy will remain in place until further notice.
  • The bank will conduct a survey of customers in the first half of 2014 on where they want to Ethical Policy to go in future. A refreshed Ethical Policy will then be proposed around mid 2014.

You can see more on what he told us here.

Ownership None of our supporters are happy with hedge funds as owners of the bank, and most want a return to majority co-operative ownership (see our survey results). There are many ideas coming from supporters as to how this might happen. For example an investment fund allowing customers to buy shares in the bank collectively (a bit like a Supporters Trust). At Save Our Bank we are pretty sure that the hedge funds are not looking to be long-term owners, and we believe there will be real opportunities to influence what happens.   – See more here.

We do not know what the future will hold.  But we believe that if we stick together, then we have a real chance of keeping the Co-op Bank ethical and of moving it back to majority co-operative ownership. That’s why we are still saying don’t switch yet. – See more here.

Bethlehem Unwrapped at Christmas

Bethlehem Unwrapped at Christmas

St James’s Church, Piccadilly in association with Amos Trust, Holy Land Trust, Interpal, Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) UK, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, P21 Gallery, Tipping Point North South, War on Want & Zaytoun CIC presents:

BETHLEHEM UNWRAPPED – A festival of Bethlehem at Christmas.

St James’s Piccadilly December 23rd 2013 – January 5th 2014

All net proceeds of the Bethlehem Unwrapped festival will be donated to Future Peacemakers Appeal, Holy Land Trust, Bethlehem

 

St James’s Church in Piccadilly will be hosting the Bethlehem Unwrapped festival with a packed programme of events.

The festival welcomes Nigel Kennedy,  singers Reem Kelani and the Tallis Scholars; chefs Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi; comedians Mark Steel, Jeremy Hardy, Dave Cohen; Also, spoken word artist Rafeef Ziadah and UK slam poetry champion Harry Baker; actor Adjoa Andoh, film-maker Leila Sansour and video artists Larissa Sansour; speakers include ICAHD founder Jeff Halper. The full line-up is available on the Bethlehem Unwrapped website where tickets can be booked.

A major installation will be unveiled on the opening evening, Monday 23rd December

December 23rd 6pm
ART – ‘Unwrapped’ – festival opening ceremony with broadcast message from Holy Land Trust director Sami Awad in Bethlehem, unveiling of major installation in St James’s Courtyard and children’s art exhibition from Bethlehem, ‘All They Paint is the Wall’

December 29th 7.30pm
POETRY – ‘Slammed Up’ – an evening of slam poetry in the key of freedom, with 2012 World Slam champion Harry BakerZia AhmedBridget Minamore &Dizraeli

 

December 30th 7.30pm
COMEDY – ‘Stand Up Against the Wall’ – comedy night, with BBC comedy star & Independent columnist Mark Steel, News quiz veteran, comedian and author Jeremy HardyAndy Zaltzman (“Breathtakingly good” Time Out) & Dave Cohen (“Smart & very funny” Huffington Post UK)

 

Jan 2nd 7.30pm
FILM – ‘Jeremy Hardy vs the Israeli Army’ – comedy doc following News Quiz veteran Jeremy Hardy on a hair-raising path through the Second Intifada. Palestinian film-maker and Bethlehem resident Leila Sansour joins us for a Q&A after the film (“Outstanding … riveting” **** Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian)

Jan 3rd 7.30pm
CUISINE – ‘Bethlehem Feast’ – Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi present a Bethlehem Christmas dinner, raising funds for Holy Land Trust’s ‘Future Peacemakers’ appeal. An incredible opportunity for a truly seasonal feast in the presence of the masters of Middle Eastern cuisine. Come prepared for after-dinner dancing, led by Palestinian dabke troupe Al-Zaytouna! NB Numbers strictly limited – book early to avoid disappointment! Presented by Zaytoun CIC and Rocket Food

 

Jan 4th 8pm
DEBATE – : ‘Both sides of the Barrier – Separation or Security?’ – speakers include Jeff Halper, founder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD)

 

Jan 5th 7.30pm
MUSIC – : ‘The Bridge’ – concert with legendary violinist Nigel Kennedy and friends, performing his own composition The Bridge, with singers from the Tallis Scholars, directed by Peter Phillips, world-renowned Palestinian singer Reem Kelani and guest speaker Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Click here to book tickets through our official ticket supplier Eventbrite

Operation Bethlehem at Cambridge

Operation Bethlehem at Cambridge

Cambridge Film Festival – Work In Progress Screening

Monday 23rd September, 6.30pm

We are delighted that the Cambridge Film Festival 2013 are screening Leila Sansour’s ‘Operation Bethlehem’ as a work in progress

Leila will join the audience for a post-film discussion.

For more information, see link below.

http://www.cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk/films/2013/operation-bethlehem#sthash.5ghqnjqL.dpuf

CAMBRIDGE FILM FESTIVAL – OPERATION BETHLEHEM

A work in progress: Daughter to the late founder of Bethlehem University, Leila Sansour returned to the place she was so desperate to escape as teenager with the intention of making a film honouring her father and his relationship with the legendary town. Instead, she found herself compelled to document the wall being built around Bethlehem, transforming the city into an open-air prison patrolled by the Israeli military. Five years later, Sansour has created a touching personal record of her own re-assimilation into her ancestral home, but also an evocative archive of Bethlehem’s cultural and historical riches, and a crucial expose of the threats this history is facing. Allied with a campaign to resist this erasure and preserve the town’s identity as bastion of harmonious multifaith cohabitation in the Middle East, OPERATION BETHLEHEM is a hugely affecting and significant work.

See more at:

http://www.cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk/films/2013/operation-bethlehem#sthash.5ghqnjqL.dpuf

TPFF at GREENBELT 2013

TPFF at GREENBELT 2013

Tipping Point’s Programme – 24,25,26 August

“Greenbelt ranks alongside Glastonbury as my favourite festival gig of the summer.”  Mark Thomas.

TPFF looks forward to another bank holiday Greenbelt festival – and a special one as Greenbelt celebrates its 40thBirthday!

And our three day programme stays with the ‘anniversary’ theme as 50 years on, we mark Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech through the beautifully told story of his fellow civil rights friend and activist, the extra-ordinary Harry Belafonte; we preview TPFF supported film by Amir Amirani ‘We Are Many’ – a film marking  the 10th anniversary of the 2003 global anti-Iraq war marches; and eight years on from Make Poverty History,  we look at the tax campaign related outcomes of the recent G8 meeting as we screen the highly popular ‘We’re Not Broke’ – a film about corporates, tax avoidance and citizens.

We’ll be there Saturday, Sunday and Monday – 2pm-4.30pm at the film venue.  Each screening is followed by post film discussion with specially invited guests…

We look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday 24th August  2pm

Sing Your Song (Susanne Rostock, 2011, 103 mins)

In this the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech, we are screening a documentary about one of Dr King’s friends and iconic campaigners – Harry Belafonte.

Harry Belafonte is one of the truly heroic cultural and political figures of the past 60 years. Told from his point of view, the film charts his life from a boy born in New York and raised in Jamaica; his theatre beginnings and move into film. However, even as a superstar, the life of a black man in 1960s America was far from easy and Belafonte was confronted with the same Jim Crow laws and prejudices that every other black man, woman and child in America was facing. Among other things, the film presents a look at the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of an insider; someone who despite his high profile, wasn’t afraid to spend time in the trenches. From Harlem to Mississippi to Africa and South Central Los Angeles, Sing Your Song takes us on a journey through Harry Belafonte’s life, work and most of all, his conscience, as it inspires us all to action.

Joining us for a post film discussion is Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Speakers Chaplain to the House of Commons

The Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin was appointed to the role of Speaker’s Chaplain in June 2010 by the Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt Hon John Bercow MP. She is the Vicar of the United Benefice of Holy Trinity with St Philip, Dalston, and All Saints, Haggerston, in the London diocese. Rose combines this parish role with the position of Speaker’s Chaplain and as Priest Vicar at Westminster Abbey. Rose was born and grew up in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Commissioned as a Church Army Officer in 1982, her theological training took place at the West Midlands Ministerial Training Course at Queens Theological College. She was ordained Deacon in 1991, and Priest in 1994. In 2007 she was appointed a chaplain to the Queen.

Sunday 25th August, 2pm

We Are Many (Amir Amirani, 2013, 100 mins)                         PREVIEW

 

In this the 10th anniversary of the global anti-war marches and invasion of Iraq, we are previewing this TPFF supported film that tells an as yet untold story about the hidden ‘people power’ legacy of those anti-Iraq war marches of February 2003.  Interviewees include Danny Glover, Damon Albarn, Medea Benjamin, Phyllis Bennis, Richard Branson, Claire Short, Brian Eno, Ken Loach.

On February 15 2003, millions and millions of people, in over 800 cities across all seven continents, marched against the impending invasion of Iraq. It was the largest mobilization of people in human history and We Are Many shows the remarkable links  between the 2003 protests and citizen movements such as Avaaz and 38 degrees;  the Arab Spring, as well as with the occupation of cities across Europe and the USA – a clear line through the last 10 years of history. The 2003 protest failed to stop the Iraq War, and makde many question their democracies, but it drew a new map for protests to come.

Join us for a pre-autumn release preview followed by Q&A with director Amir Amirani. Amir has made award-winning radio and television programmes for BBC, C4, Al Jazeera and others. This is his first cinema documentary.

Monday 26th August, 2pm

We’re Not Broke (Victoria Bruce and Karin Hayes, 2012, 81 mins)

Eight years on from Make Poverty History, the G8 met again in the UK.  Tax avoidance was top of the agenda, and we are seeing more and more attention on how society can truly ensure that rich individuals and corporations pay what taxes are truly due.

We’re Not Broke was an Official Selection at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and is the story of how U.S. corporations have been able to hide over a trillion dollars from Uncle Sam; how seven fed-up Americans from across the country, take their frustration to the streets;  and how they vow to make the corporations pay their fair share America is in the grip of economic panic.

United States legislators cry “We’re Broke!” as they slash budgets, lay off schoolteachers, police, and fire-fighters, destroying the country’s social fabric and leaving many Americans scrambling to survive. Meanwhile, multibillion-dollar American corporations like Exxon, Google and Bank of America are making record profits. And while the deficit climbs and the cuts go deeper, these corporations—with intimate ties to  political leaders—are concealing colossal profits overseas to avoid paying U.S. income tax.

Join us for a Q&A after the film with Alastair Roxburgh, Tax Campaign Christian Aid and Liz Nelson from Tax Justice Network. TJN promotes research into and education on the ways in which tax and related regulation and legislation can be used to promote development, encourage citizenship and relieve poverty within the context of local, national and international economies and societies.

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PINK TO PREVENTION: Cancer Prevention ~ A Toxic Tour

PINK TO PREVENTION: Cancer Prevention ~ A Toxic Tour

PINK TO PREVENTION:

Cancer Prevention ~ A Toxic Tour  ~

London, Saturday 29th June  12-2pm

 

The Alliance for Cancer Prevention and Tipping Point Film Fund in association with The Organic Pharmacy have come together around a programme of events designed to increase the debate and public awareness on the links between breast cancer, the workplace and the wider environment.  These events have included two film screenings of PINK RIBBONS INC – one hosted by TPFF and most recently, by the Organic Pharmacy.

 

As part of the From Pink to Prevention programme of activity, on Saturday 29th June we are organising a walk with a difference… Cancer Prevention: A Toxic tour.  The locations will be centred on the Victoria and Westminster area of London and will have a particular focus on breast cancer.

Audio, transcripts and photos of the tour is available here.

From Pink to Prevention Campaign – find out more here.

The Walk – what is a ‘Toxic Tour’?!

No running,  no fundraising-  just a ‘what do you know?’ tour giving you the lowdown on why we need to tackle environmental and occupational links to a disease that affects an increasing number of women of all ages.  The alternative tourist-health walk takes in green spaces, shops and parliament. It will give you a whole new perspective on how you can learn more and  influence the key players in the breast cancer debate in the effort to get them to take on board a much ignored aspect – the environment around us, from our first environment the womb, through our work and lived environments. By address the issue of breast cancer prevention we will look at all cancers connected to environmental and occupational exposures

 

The notion of the ‘toxic tours’ originated in the USA with tours held annually in San Francisco and the ‘bucket brigades’ which held tours to test the air quality around nearby industries which was harming community health. The tours advocate for civil rights and environmental justice.  The first ‘toxic tour’ in the UK was organised by Helen Lynn and the Women’s Environmental Network (WEN) and held in London. Subsequent tours were held in Wales with WEN Wales and Scotland in conjunction with WEN Scotland. This is the second tour of this kind in London, linking environmental and occupational links to cancers in general and breast cancer in particular.

 

The Route

The route will cover your daily life; the wider environment; the workplace and the political dimension to this debate. It will take place in green spaces, shops, government departments and parliament; and finally, the Emmeline Pankhurst Statue in Westminster. It will last approximately 2 hours and starting point is Christchurch Gardens, Victoria by the Suffragette Statue for 12 noon. The tour will leave commemorative blue plaques to mark our visit illustrating that cancer prevention does not live in the related tour visit sites.

Booking Information:

The walk is free, but we need RSVPs in advance if possible.  Please email

info@tippingpointfilmfund.com with email subject: RSVP Toxic Tour

 

 

Speakers and Contributors

Prof Andrew Watterson (University of Stirling)
Prof. Watterson is the Director of the Centre for Public Health and Population Health Research, at the University of Stirling, Scotland where he also heads up the Occupational and Environmental Health Research Group. His interests include occupational cancer prevention, fracking and biomass hazards, regulation of hazards and risks, costs of occupational diseases, PAR and lay epidemiology. He has acted as an adviser to the World Health Organisation and is on the editorial boards of IJOEH and Environmental Health.

Dr Ana Porroche-Escudero
Ana is a dedicated activist and educator on gender and health. She has initiated workshops and campaigns on gender violence and is fascinated by the powerful combination of activism, art and innovative methods. She is a member of the Breast Cancer Consortium Advisory Board which is an international platform dedicated to changing the conversation on breast cancer through public and scientific discussions. She is currently organising a series of sessions on Breast Cancer Awareness in Brighton and recently showed the film Pink Ribbons Inc there along with other committed activists. She is an associate tutor at the University of Sussex.

 

Helen Lynn (Alliance for Cancer Prevention)
Helen has campaigned on cancer prevention since 1995 and is a freelance campaigner/ researcher at Wildcard Research. She worked as Health Co-ordinator for 12 years at the Women’s Environmental Network and as co-director. Helen has worked at local, national and international levels on issues connection women’s health and the environment they live and work in. She was co-founder of the Alliance for Cancer Prevention, which campaigns for the recognition of environmental and occupational risk factors for cancer.

Hilda Palmer (Hazards Campaign)
Co-ordinator of Greater Manchester Hazards Centre, Chair of Hazards Campaign and facilitator of Families against Corporate Killing (FACK).  Hilda organises the annual Hazards Conference which is the UK’s biggest educational and organising event for trade union safety reps and activists. Hilda works and campaigns tirelessly against injustice, and for equality, better health and safety at work, in the environment and community.

 

Maria Arnold (Client Earth)
Maria works at ClientEarth, leading the Healthy Air Campaign which combines work to engage communities at the local level with policy advocacy at a UK level. Previously Health Policy Analyst at the Sustainable Development Commission, she has worked to embed sustainable policy and practices within the NHS and Department of Health, with a particular emphasis on the link between health and the environment. She has also managed environmental and public health projects at Southwark Council.

 

Nick Mole (PAN UK)
Pesticide Action Network UK
(PAN UK) is the only organisation that works on every aspect of global pesticide issues including threats to the environment and human health from their use. He is the policy officer with PAN UK. He works on UK and EU issues that includes trying to stop the use of bee toxic pesticides, encourage London’s parks and green spaces to go pesticide free and advise the public on health issues related to pesticide exposure.

Deborah Burton (Tipping Point Film Fund)
Deborah co-founded TPFF in 2009 to provide support to theatrical feature documentaries, with integrated campaign outreach on global issues and has worked on the breast cancer prevention issue for many years.

 

 

Partners

 

About: The Alliance for Cancer Prevention

Formed in 2009, the Alliance is a multi-stakeholder group which includes representatives from; NGOs, environmental and occupational health organisations, trade unions, public health advocates and civil society groups, working together on cancer prevention. The Alliance aims to challenge the existing perception of control and treatment of cancer being the best way forward and get equal recognition for primary prevention. We work to ensure that the cancer establishment acknowledges the environmental and occupational risk factors for preventable cancers. Alliance members campaign on issues independently and join together to work collectively and strategically to identify the interconnection between the environmental, occupational,  social factors and the combined exposures. http://www.allianceforcancerprevention.org.uk

 

The Organic Pharmacy

The Organic Pharmacy was founded by Margo Marrone – a pharmacist and homeopath who first became aware of chemical overload on the human body during the 1990s. She opened her first Organic Pharmacy store in London in 2002 to address this ever growing concern about harmful chemicals in cosmetics and built the business on the principles of honesty, integrity, purity, quality and green environmental thinking. Ten years on it is still a family run business and one that has supported campaigns addressing environmental links to breast cancer. http://www.theorganicpharmacy.com/

 

From Pink to Prevention ~ what do we mean?

Despite the overwhelming presence of the Pink Ribbon and all its (global) attendant activities, environmental and occupational links to breast cancer struggle to be included in the debate. Why is this? What stands in the way of these critical elements being discussed?

As the disease reaches ‘epidemic’ proportions where more and more women face a diagnosis of breast cancer and far too many women lose their lives to the disease, are we doing the very best we can to ensure the debate addresses ALL possible causes of the disease?  The time has come for all the key players – cancer charities, industry, drugs companies, the medical fraternity and government (whom many campaigners and authors describe as ‘the cancer establishment’) to recognise and acknowledge the role of environmental and occupational factors in this complex disease.  This means doing something about it. The Alliance for Cancer Prevention wants to see environmental and occupational risk factors for breast and other cancers included and addressed in the National Cancer plans and strategies on cancer throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

 

 

Why a ‘ toxic tour’ now?

We want you to take a tour through the dark and murky back streets of breast cancer politics. Learn about why rates of the disease have risen by 90% over the last 40 years yet little is being done to prevent it. Gain a new perspective on why certain occupations carry with them an increased risk of breast cancer, up to 5 times the average rate.   Hear about why breast cancer is a 21st century disease, an epidemic of our time and how it is related to not just our lifestyle – which accounts for less than 30%-50% of the cases – but is connected to a cocktail of toxic chemicals that begins through exposure in the womb and persists forever after – pre and post birth in our living and working environments.

Wonder why this 21st century disease is still being addressed with an 18th century solution, question who is financially benefitting from breast and other cancers and investigate the long-standing inaction on this issue by the cancer establishment. Boldly go where no one has gone before and understand what primary prevention means and how a life-long low level exposure to hormone disrupting chemicals, carcinogens, and other chemicals and substances linked to breast and other cancers need to be more widely known about and acted upon.

Audio, transcripts and photos of the tour is available here.

From Pink to Prevention Campaign – find out more here.

 

MORE INFORMATION

 

 

There are many ways to get more involved in learning about environmental and occupational links to breast cancer.  Everything from simply informing yourself better, through to thinking twice about the products you buy,  to taking action, as a concerned worker, consumer and citizen.

 

LEARN MORE

Read about the history, politics, economics, and social aspects of breast cancer and the health care system – Pink Ribbons, Inc. by Samantha King is a good place to start.   http://breastcancerconsortium.net/resources/further-reading/ and http://allianceforcancerprevention.org.uk/resources/

Evaluate health news stories with a critical eye. Health News Review provides excellent criteria on what consumers need to know in stories on treatments, tests, products, and procedures and why.  http://www.healthnewsreview.org/

COSMETICS: Organic Pharmacy

Pay attention to what is in the products you buy—to check out cosmetics ingredients

http://www.theorganicpharmacy.com/Images/Content/ExpertAdvice/FactSheets/Files/462.pdf

http://www.breastcancerfund.org/clear-science/chemicals-linked-to-breast-cancer/cosmetics/

http://www.wen.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/CarefulBeautyChecklist2.pdf

 

CONSUMER AND OCCUPATIONAL: Alliance for Cancer Prevention

 

Find out about issues linking cancer to exposures in the home, workplace and wider environment

Hazards Website   http://www.hazards.org/diyresearch/index.htm

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs): http://www.edc-free-europe.org/

ChemTrust / EDCs and Breast Cancer http://www.chemtrust.org.uk/breastcancer.php

PINKWASHING

Think Before You Pink™, a project of Breast Cancer Action. http://thinkbeforeyoupink.org/?page_id=12

TAKE ACTION

As well as getting more informed on all these issues you can also find out more about what your elected representatives are doing and try asking some basic questions!

  • Ask your MP why environmental and occupational risk factors for breast cancer are NOT included in all national cancers plans and strategies right across England, Wales, Scotland Northern Ireland
  • Write to your MEP voicing your concern about the lack of proper regulation in connection with toxic chemicals such as endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) linked to breast cancer in consumer products.
  • Visit the recommended websites for vital information on how you can take action and follow up campaign information.

Disclaimer: Please note this tour is a purely voluntary initiative, no funding was received to run the tour or none of those involved contributed anything to the event bar their time. All the speakers are contributing freely of their time and the organisers are all volunteers.

Tax and the Civilised Society (8 June 2013)

Tax and the Civilised Society (8 June 2013)

Saturday 8th June proved to be a truly enjoyable day – two movies plus great discussions and a walk through the quiet streets of the City of London, with all its formidable architecture, bathed in glorious sunshine was a welcome bonus. We had great feedback all round – from walkers to audiences and participants too. What stood out? The quality and depth of the debate and discussion.

Full transcripts and supplementary materials for the events:

Tax Justice Network and Tipping Point Film Fund jointly organised a day of activity in London on Saturday 8th June designed to engage all those – public and campaigners alike – who wanted to know more about why tax matters to society and therefore the need to intensify the spotlight on tax avoidance. The day included two film screenings with panel discussions, a ‘revelatory’ walking tour of the City of London and a great list of contributors.

Saturday 8th June, 10.30am-5.30pm

The day kicked off with a screening of the film ‘We’re Not Broke’ at St Ethelburga’s Centre, followed by a great panel discussion –  tax avoidance, evasion and impact on global south. The transcript/footage of the discussion is available here.

Next was the City of London walk – a tour into the financial heart of darkness. A talk was given by an expert speaker at each of these locations, Bank of England, Mansion House, HSBC Corporate Banking Centre, Goldman Sachs, Guildhall and TheCityUK (advocates for UK financial services industry), to give a overview of City of London – its history, overreaching power and role in British politics and the global finance. We’ve received enthusiastic feedbacks about the talks – both from the speakers and participants! You can follow the tour on paper and read the transcripits of the talks by visiting here.

The days ended with the screening of Ken Loach’s ‘Spirit of 45′ at the Barbican cinema, followed by a panel discussion – reviving the ‘common good’ and how to pay for. The lively discussion was both entertaining and informative. The transcript/footage is available here.

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