TPFF FILM CLUB: Four Horsemen

TPFF FILM CLUB: Four Horsemen

Four Horsemen by Ross Ashcroft  (90 mins)  Tuesday 24th April, 8pm

Four Horsemen is the debut feature from director Ross Ashcroft which reveals the fundamental flaws in the economic system which have brought our civilization to the brink of disaster.

23 leading thinkers – frustrated at the failure of their respective disciplines – break their silence to explain how the world really works.

The film pulls no punches in describing the consequences of continued inaction – but its message is one of hope. If more people can equip themselves with a better understanding of how the world really works, then the systems and structures that condemn billions to poverty or chronic insecurity can at last be overturned. Solutions to the multiple crises facing humanity have never been more urgent, but equally, the conditions for change have never been more favourable.

“The refreshing thing about this film is that Ross Ashcroft also takes the viewer on a broader journey, linking in terrorism, global warming and poverty along with world finances to present a troubling picture of the world today.”
– Mark Adams, Chief Film Critic Screen International

From Joseph Stiglitz to maverick US commentator on RT, Max Keiser; from the FT’s Gillian Tett to economist Ha Joon Chang (23 things they don’t tell you about capitalism) this film takes a step back to put the financial crisis into a much wider context,  framed as it is within the metaphor of Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.  A festival hit, the film has just been released in the UK to great critical reviews.

Watch the trailer.

Post-Film Discussion with Ross Ashcroft

We’re delighted that the director Ross Ashcroft  can join us for a post film discussion and Q&A to explore the many interconnected themes in the film

Info: Lexi Cinema, 8pm. Tickets £6.50

Book here

Or call the box office  0871 704 2069  (£1 Booking Fee).

Tickets are free to TPFF regular givers and annual donors of £60 or more

Email info@tippingpointfilmfund.com

Getting There

The Lexi Cinema is located at 194 Chamberlayne Road, Kensal Rise, NW10 3JU. It is around 7 minutes walk from Kensal Rise over-ground station and a good bus service runs from central London. The 52 (from Victoria) and the 6 (from Oxford Circus) stop directly outside the cinema. To map your route by public transport click here, and for a streetmap click here.

Film Club Screening – Monday 19th September, Lexi Cinema 8pm

To mark UN Peace Day (21st September) Tipping Point’s next film club night at the Lexi Cinema in London will screen Mohamed Al Daradji’s Iraq, War, Love, God, Madness followed by a Q&A with the film’s co-producer and editor Danny Evans.

Truth is stranger than fiction, as seen in this personal journey into war-torn Iraq. Exiled Iraqi director Mohamed Al-Daradji returned to Baghdad in 2004 with the idea of shooting a feature film (Ahlaam) in the midst of war and violence.

The horrific toll on cast and crew during the making of Iraqi feature “Ahlaam” is told by its helmer, Mohamed Al-Daradji, in “War, Love, God & Madness. “More than merely a companion piece to the 2005 drama, (the) docu provides a disturbing look at the situation in occupied Baghdad, when safety was illusory and kidnapping and torture became not merely a hypothetical fear but a reality.” Jay Weissberg,Variety

Clip

The Film

Undeterred by the volatile situation and very real dangers, Mohamed visits his Baghdad home that he fled years previously. He realises the Iraq of his memories is long gone as he witnesses the effects of 35 years of dictatorship, 3 wars and the toll of occupation.  Finding the once-vibrant streets filled with unemployment, poverty and madness, he strives to make his film as planned. He is challenged by unimaginable risk and reverses as his camera reveals, instead, a world unravelling around him. As Mohamed rediscovers his homeland we see through his eyes the real Iraqi people and their spirit to survive.

The powerful title refers to the fact that, in Arabic, there is only one letter’s difference among the words war, love, god and madness.

“An amazing and uplifting documentary, which shows precisely how dangerous shooting in Iraq can be.” Mark Kermode, BBC

The film has screened at many festivals amongst which it was voted one of the top 10 Best Films at the Tribeca International Film Festival (2008);  won the Grand Jury Prize at the Ismailia International Film Festival (Egypt);  Jury Special Mention at the Moqavemat International Film Festival (Iran) 2010.

Post-film discussion and Q&A with Danny Evans

Danny Evans, a core member of the Humanfilm team, has in-depth knowledge of Iraq and the Middle East. He went to Iraq at the start of filming for their latest award winning film SON OF BABYLON and has spoken at many events including a panel with Michael Moore on the situation in Iraq. Humanfilm is currently leading Iraq’s Missing Campaign – an effort to bring attention and funding to the campaign to help families find and identify their missing relatives.

Tickets

Tickets cost £5 and can be purchased through The Lexi Cinema website or by calling the box office on 0871 704 2069  (£1 Booking Fee). Tickets are free to TPFF regular givers and annual donors of more than £60.

Getting there

The Lexi Cinema is located at 194 Chamberlayne Road, Kensal Rise, NW10 3JU. It is around 7 minutes walk from Kensal Rise over-ground station and a good bus service runs from central London. The 52 (from Victoria) and the 6 (from Oxford Circus) stop directly outside the cinema. To map your route by public transport click here, and for a streetmap click here.

Screening of  ‘Just Do It’ – Monday 4th July – The Lexi Cinema, 8pm

Screening of ‘Just Do It’ – Monday 4th July – The Lexi Cinema, 8pm

Tipping Point’s next film club night at the Lexi Cinema in London will screen Emily James’s Just Do It – a tale of modern-day outlaws. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Emily James.

The inside story of some of the UK’s biggest troublemakers, Just Do It is a feature documentary about environmental direct action. Crowd funded and released this summer, Just Do It follows some fantastically inspiring women and men who most definitely got off their derrieres and did something – and made a difference. What more can you ask for?!

Seriously topical but never so serious that it gets caught up in polemic, it’s a terrific story packed with characters and told with passion’. David Hughes, Empire Magazine

The Film:

The world of direct action has remained a secretive one, until now. With unprecedented access, Just Do It takes you on an astonishing journey behind the scenes of a community of people who refuse to sit back and allow the destruction of their world. Torpedoing the tired clichés of the environmental movement, Just Do It introduces you to a powerful cast of mischievous and inspiring characters who put their bodies in the way; they super-glue themselves to bank trading floors, blockade factories and attack coal power stations en-masse, despite the very real threat of arrest. Their adventures will entertain, illuminate and inform.

Read Empire’s 4* review in full here: http://www.empireonline.com/reviews/reviewcomplete.asp?FID=137258

See a clip here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/video/2011/jun/08/sheffield-doc-fest-emily-james

Trailer

Post-film discussion and Q&A with director, Emily James

Emily James is an award winning documentary director and producer of one-off films and series, which has included trade justice campaign film The Luckiest Nut; Don’t Worry, a four part series for C4 which the Observer described as “A brilliant satire of the trend towards consumer affairs as entertainment”; Dallas Campbell’s Guide to the Impossible, for Discovery US and was an executive producer on Age of Stupid.

TPFF is proud to have supported Just Do It.

Tickets:

Tickets cost £5 and can be purchased through The Lexi Cinema website or by calling the box office on 0871 704 2069 (£1 Booking Fee).

Tickets are free to TPFF regular givers and annual donors of more than £60.

Getting there:

The Lexi Cinema is located at 194 Chamberlayne Road, Kensal Rise, NW10 3JU. It is around 7 minutes walk from Kensal Rise over-ground station and a good bus service runs from central London. The 52 (from Victoria) and the 6 (from Oxford Circus) stop directly outside the cinema. To map your route by public transport click here, and for a streetmap click here.

Screening of Inside Job, narrated by Matt Damon, March 28th 7.45pm

Fresh from its best documentary win at the Oscars, Tipping Point’s next film club night at the Lexi Cinema in London will screen Charles Ferguson’s INSIDE JOB followed by a post-film discussion with John Christensen, Director of the Tax Justice Network.

Premiered at the Cannes film festival in 2010, selected for many festivals worldwide and narrated by Matt Damon, Inside Job is about the origins of the financial crash and is a damning condemnation of the banking industry and its role in the financial meltdown of 2008.
‘Boasting more villains than a dozen blockbusters, it points an incriminating finger at not only financial services execs who got filthy rich on working people’s pain (and who remain in power) but also government officials and biz-school toppers irrefutably revealed to be in Wall Streeters’ pockets…. The pic’s musical selections…somehow manage to keep one’s toes tapping, even as one’s fist remains firmly clenched.’ Rob Nelson, Variety
‘… Charles Ferguson’s Oscar-winning tank ride through Lower Manhattan that truly promises to light a Molotov in your mind. An intricately detailed, journalistically solid and morally outrageous examination of the 2008 stock market crash and ensuing bailout paid for by the American taxpayer…’ Katherine Monk, The Vancouver Sun
The Film:

Inside Job traces the connections between government and financial institutions, as well as theoretically independent academics, showing how they combined to trigger excessive profit-taking and endanger the wider economy. A clear exposé of ‘how it happened’, with interviews from those within as well as outside the financial community and comment from leading financial journalists, the director nevertheless struggled to get a single spokesperson for the current administration or for the regulators. “I asked everyone from the president on down and every single one of them said no… American banking is very much in denial,” Ferguson said. And at the Academy Awards, he began his acceptance speech by reminding us that three years after our worst financial meltdown, the subject of his movie, “not a single financial executive has gone to jail.”  Let’s take action!’

Read an interview with the director here.

The Post Film Discussion

As public anger continues over ongoing banking bonuses being paid out while the rest of us deal with the fall-out, the post-film discussion will explore this idea – if crimes have been committed, then how to see the perpetrators punished. The discussion will also ask what do we do with the knowledge we have acquired post this global crisis to forge new, more socially responsible, transparent and accountable financial models.

Joining for the post film discussion is John Christensen, Director of the Tax Justice Network.

John Christensen is a development economist and former economic adviser to the UK and Jersey governments and has researched tax havens and tax policy for many years. He has also played a leading role in campaigning for tighter regulation and control of tax havens and offshore finance centres. He is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. The Tax Justice Network is now a worldwide campaign.

Tickets:

Tickets cost £5 and can be purchased through The Lexi Cinema website or by calling the box office on 0871 704 2069 (£1 Booking Fee).

Tickets are free to TPFF regular givers and annual donors of more than £60.

Getting there

The Lexi Cinema is located at 194 Chamberlayne Road, Kensal Rise, NW10 3JU. It is around 7 minutes walk from Kensal Rise over-ground station and a good bus service runs from central London. The 52 (from Victoria) and the 6 (from Oxford Circus) stop directly outside the cinema. To map your route by public transport click here, and for a streetmap click here.

Screening of The End of Poverty? narrated by Martin Sheen – 28th February

Screening of The End of Poverty? narrated by Martin Sheen – 28th February

As Fairtrade Fortnight gets underway, Tipping Point’s next film club event is Monday 28th February 8pm at the Lexi Cinema.
Philippe Diaz’s film The End of Poverty? will be followed by a post film discussion with John Hilary, Executive Director of War on Want, and Andrew Simms, nef fellow.
Released in 2009 and selected for 25 international film festivals around the world, including Critics Weeks at Cannes, this is a daring, thought-provoking and timely film.

‘Diaz’s clear-eyed look at how cultures of despair and dependency are created andmaintained alone is worth price of admission’. Ernest Hardy, LA Weekly.

‘A sort of ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ for global economics…a powerful description ofhow western policies since colonialism have subjugated Third World countries’. Charles Masters, The Hollywood Reporter

The film: Today, with global poverty reaching new levels because of unfair debt, trade and tax policies — wealthy countries exploiting the weaknesses of poor, developing countries seems part of this continuum. With comment from leading economic thinkers including Susan George, Joseph Stiglitz and John Christenson, Diaz takes us on a historical journey to the present day – from Europe and the USA to Latin America, Asia and Africa – in order to explain better how and why such widespread poverty exists today in the global south. And if 20% of the planet’s population uses 80% of its resources and consumes 30% more than the planet can regenerate, at this rate, to maintain our lifestyle, will more and more people need to sink below the poverty line?

Post film discussion: Who wouldn’t like to see the end of poverty? Although the rhetoric is mainstreamed, how far are we in the rich world ready to go in rolling back the systemic economic injustice done to poorer nations in our name? How much do we really care – as citizens or governments? Is buying Fairtrade enough –or is it the limit for most? How can the more complex issues that hold back many developing nations ever ‘punch through’ when it demands so much more attention – not to mention political and economic ‘sacrifice’. This event is taking place as Fairtrade fortnight gets underway and we hope post film discussion will unpack some of these questions as we explore how we citizens and consumers in the rich world can most effectively challenge and change our world for the better.

To see the film-makers’ call to action visit.

Post Film discussion and Q&A with John Hilary and Andrew Simms.

John Hilary is Executive Director of the campaigning anti-poverty organisation War on Want. John has 20 years experience in the international development and human rights sector. He has published widely on issues of international politics and globalisation, trade and investment, privatisation, conflict, aid conditionality, Palestine and Iraq.

Andrew Simms is an author, broadcaster and nef (New Economics Foundation) fellow, where he founded the climate change, energy and interdependence programmes. Andrew was a founding organiser of Jubilee 2000 debt campaign and sits on various boards including Greenpeace UK.

Tickets: Tickets cost £5 and can be purchased through The Lexi Cinema website or by calling the box office on 0871 704 2069 (£1 Booking Fee).

Tickets are free to TPFF regular givers and annual donors of more than £60.

Getting there

The Lexi Cinema is located at 194 Chamberlayne Road, Kensal Rise, NW10 3JU. It is around 7 minutes walk from Kensal Rise over-ground station and a good bus service runs from central London. The 52 (from Victoria) and the 6 (from Oxford Circus) stop directly outside the cinema. To map your route by public transport click here, and for a streetmap click here.

Tipping Point wants to send sincere thanks Cinema Libre and Share the World’s Resources for their help with this event.

Christmas screenings of 'Jeremy Hardy vs the Israeli Army' – 29 Nov and 5 Dec 2010

Oh little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie’

Christmas is almost upon us and the Holy Town of Bethlehem is anything but still. For almost five years now the Israeli Army has been building an enormous concrete wall around and through the city, carving up neighbourhoods and cutting off local Palestinians from generations-owned land and from food and medical supplies. Leila Sansour has been documenting the expansion of the wall and the impact on Bethlehem’s citizens for her new film The Road to Bethlehem, now in final stages of editing.

This Christmas, to highlight the emergency facing Bethlehem’s community, Tipping Point Film Fund will be showing Leila’s first feature documentary film (also shot in Bethlehem) Jeremy Hardy versus the Israeli Army, in London and in Edinburgh. Both screenings will be followed by a panel discussion and include a short preview clip of The Road to Bethlehem. For screening details see the end of the page.

Jeremy Hardy versus the Israeli Army follows the Radio 4 comedian in 2002 as he travels to Israel and the Occupied Territories to team up with members of the International Solidarity Movement (or ISM), where he engages in non-violent direct action to challenge the occupation.

CHRISTMAS SCREENINGS – London and Edinburgh

SCREENING INFORMATION (London and Edinburgh)


MON 29 NOVEMBER, 7.30pm

The Lexi Cinema, 194 Chamberlayne Road, Kensal Rise, London NW10 3JU.XBuy tickets online or call 0871 704 2069. Tickets cost £10 but are free to TPFF regular givers and annual donors of more than £60. All tickets include a lovely Christmas mince pie and glass of something special. If you work for an NGO you can purchase two tickets for the price of one by emailing info@tippingpointfilmfund.com from your work  email address.

The post-film discussion will ask the question: As we approach Christmas, and the Israeli ‘separation wall’ continues unabated to encircle the town, what future is there for Bethlehem? The panel, chaired by TPFF, will include Maxim Sansour, brother of the director Leila Sansour. Maxim is a character in her new film, The Road to Bethlehem, supported by TPFF and released next year.


SUNDAY 5 DECEMBER, 8.15pm
Edinburgh Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, EH3 9BZ,
Buy tickets online or call 0131 228 2688. Tickets cost £6.90 (£5.20 conc) but are free to TPFF regular givers & annual donors of more than £60.
For details of how to get there.

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Filmhouse panel includes: Michael Marten (academic and chair of the Scottish Palestinian Forum), Maureen Jack (vice chair of the Scottish Palestinian Forum and member of Christian Peacemaker Teams), the Rev Clarence Musgrave who has lived and worked in Jerusalem, and Deborah Burton, Co-founder of Tipping Point Film Fund.

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Autumnal greetings – September’s newsletter

Autumnal greetings – September’s newsletter

Spotlight News

 

Welcome to our latest newsletter… the summer is almost over and we’ve packed a whole lot of stuff in. But before we start with our update we’d like to highlight a new and exciting TPFF venture – the launch of our very own film club!

 

New film club starts with ‘Life and Debt’
The TPFF Film Club – which we’re launching at The Lexi Cinema in Kensal Rise on 20 Sept – will be a regular event where TPFF supporters, relevant NGO networks and the general public can get together to watch a specifically chosen feature-documentary (usually related to the news agenda and campaigning) and enjoy a lively panel discussion or Q&A with guest speakers. The event will be free to TPFF regular givers and one-off annual donors of £60 or more. To find out more about our first screening – Stephanie Black’s award-winning documentary Life and Debt – and panel discussion ‘when will rich countries own up to their responsibility in keeping developing nations poor in order to grow their own wealth?’ visit our website or watch the trailer. The panel includes the broadcaster and academic, Dr Robert Beckford; the Director of Jubilee Debt Campaign, Nick Dearden and Dr Patricia Daley, lecturer in Human Geography at Oxford University.

 

TPFF summer round-up
Over the summer we teamed up with Dogwoof and the solar-powered Groovy Movie Picture House and held screenings at Glastonbury, Lounge on the Farm and The Wickham Festival. We screened Great African Scandal for UNITE trade union, and in association with the brilliant Lexi Cinema, we hosted a sold-out screening and panel discussion of Oliver Stone’s ‘South of the Border’. We also had a great time at the 25,000 strong Greenbelt Arts Festival where we hosted four screenings and Q&As over three days – to find out more about the films and speakers, including a video-message from Jeremy Hardy, visit our website.

 

Ones to watch!

No Impact Man – September
No Impact Man (guilty New York liberal, Colin Beavan, decides to completely eliminate his personal impact on the environment for a year) will be hitting cinemas around the country from 3rd September. Watch the trailer at www.noimpactdoc.com or to find a screening near you go to Dogwoof.

 

Budrus – September
Budrusthemovie follows a Palestinian leader who manages to unite Fatah, Hamas and Israelis in an unarmed movement to save his village from destruction. Success appears to elude him until his 15-year-old daughter jumps into the fray.  Another Dogwoof film released 24 September.

 

Collapse – October
Collapse is an astonishing portrait of radical thinker Michael Ruppert – exploring his apocalyptic vision of the future, spanning the crises in economics, energy, environment and more.

 

Project news

 

The Road to Bethlehem
We are delighted to have secured the grant support of the charitable arm of McCabe Travel – a company specialising in pilgrimages to the Holy Land.  McCabe’s support will enable the post-production costs of ‘The Road to Bethlehem’ to be met. McCabe Travel will also be an outreach partner on the film in 2011 and we very much look forward to our collaboration highlighting the need for visitors to go to Palestine to witness as well as appreciate all that its people have to share.

 

‘The Road to Bethlehem’ is in final stages of editing and we are now turning our attention to raising funds for the international outreach campaign to accompany the film on its release in 2011. Find out about our latest fund-raising initiative and how you can help us to raise money by hosting your own screenings!   Watch the latest clip from Leila Sansour to find out why this is important, and if you need any more encouragement find out what Jeremy Hardy had to say at the Greenbelt Arts Festival.

 

Cashback
TPFF is part of the effort to raise production funding for ‘Cashback’ a film by Marc and Nick Francis. The film will tell the story of how money is drained out of developing countries by a network of bankers, accountants, and lawyers into secret, off-shore Western bank accounts, undermining the lives of millions of people.  If you would like to know more or donate to the film’s funding, contact us at info@tippingpointfilmfund.com. In the meantime, Marc and Nick’s latest film ‘When China Met Africa’ was screened as part of the BBC’s Storyville strand in July – you can find out more here! To find out more about Tax Justice visit The Tax Justice Network, Christian Aid or Action Aid.

 

Save the date – Tipping Point screenings

 

Monday 20th September, TPFF Film Club at The Lexi Cinema (Kensal Rise, London), screening of ‘Life and Debt’ followed by panel discussion. To find out more about the film and the panel discussion ‘when will rich countries own up to their responsibility in keeping developing nations poor in order to grow their own wealth?’ click here, or to buy your ticket go to The Lexi Cinema. Tickets are free to TPFF regular givers!

 

Tuesday 26th October, Inn on the Green (Ladbroke Grove, London)
A screening of ‘Inside the Revolution: a journey into the heart of Venezuela’. This 2009 film will be followed by Q&A with the director Pablo Navarrete. Please check our website in the next few weeks for more details.

 

‘…a rare film about Venezuela, a country in extraordinary transition. Watch this film because it is honest and fair and respectful of those who want to be told the truth about an epic attempt, flaws and all, to claim back the humanity of ordinary people.” – John Pilger (Journalist, author and documentary filmmaker).

 

Monday 29 November, TPFF Film Club, The Lexi Cinema (Kensal Rise, London)
Programme tbc.  Admission free to TPFF regular givers!

 

And later this week….

 

Good Pitch UK 2010
Friday 10th September (London)
Observer Passes now on sale! The Good Pitch brings together documentary filmmakers with NGOs, foundations, philanthropies, brands and media around leading social issues – to forge coalitions and campaigns that are good for all these partners, good for the films and good for society.  Find out more at Good Pitch UK.

 

Well, that’s all from us folks and very much hope to see some of you on the 20th!

 

With best wishes,

 

from Debs, Emma, Jen and us all at Tipping Point Film Fund

 

PS –   Find out more about joining our network of regular givers – 360