TPFF Easter Update

TPFF Easter Update

Dear Friends, Colleagues and Supporters,

Are we the only ones who were thinking ‘it’s great to have 70 degrees in March, but surely, this can’t be right?!…

As summer and Easter collide, here’s a quick update on TPFF activity!

FILM CLUB

Our next event will be on Tuesday 24th April – at the Lexi – for a screening of Ross Ashcroft’s direct and thought-provoking film, followed by a Q&A with Ross. More info and how to book

Rather than condemning bankers, politicians or the media, the ‘Four Horsemen’ (of the apocalypse)  feature documentary puts the whole system up for discussion. Many leading ‘insider’ economists as well as more radical commentators share their observations  and conclusions on how capitalism has failed and what it must do if it is to ‘redeem’ itself.

We are also talking to other NGO partners about more screenings of the film, so watch this space!

PROJECTS

WE ARE MANY

Following on from an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign, Amir Amirani’s film is now in production with the USA filming now completed.  More funding good news has also come in and we have now secured match funding of the Kickstarter funding, so the film’s production budget is well on the way to being 100%  secured.  If you haven’t watched the ‘teaser’ then see it here.  Or if you marched,  tell us your story here.

And finally, our partner War on Want is hosting a Just Giving campaign for the film – you can support the film by donating via Just Giving.

“The global protest against the Iraq War on 15 February 2003 was a pivotal moment in recent history, the consequences of which have gone unreported. Amir Amirani’s We Are Many chronicles the struggle to shift power from the old establishment to the new superpower that is global public opinion, through the prism of one historic day. I urge you to support this film in whatever way you can.” Oliver Stone

THE ROAD TO BETHLEHEM

Leila Sansour recently returned from a highly successful and encouraging trip to the USA where she met with leading faith leaders to explore and discuss how The Road to Bethlehem can become a focal point for that part of their work that addresses Palestine and how they in turn, can support the film’s release across the USA.  We are looking forward to a late autumn UK release and a release in the USA in 2013.  If you would like to donate to support the film’s release and outreach please read more here (scroll to Donations to The Road to Bethlehem).

DRUG WAR  (formerly Prohibition: A Modern Addiction)

As the debate around the legalisation of drugs seems to be getting more attention – not least from some of the Central and Latin American governments whose peoples have borne the brunt of the so-called ‘War on Drugs’, Shane Ward’s film seems more and more timely and much needed. Read more about this global ‘piecing together of the jigsaw puzzle’ that is the drug war. One that has cost hundreds of billions of dollars to worse than no effect.

As we seek to raise funds for development, we are delighted to have Mike Leigh lend his support along with others who argue that the public must know more about this issue that affects us all, in one way or another. See what the film’s supporters have to say here.

If you would like to know more about how you can help support the film email info@tippingpointfilmfund.com

ONES TO WATCH OUT FOR

PABLO NAVARETTE’s last film ‘Inside the Revolution’ was a beautifully made fascinating insight into Chavez’s Venezuela. Pablo’s next film is looking at Venezuela’s Hip Hop Revolutionaries. Learn more about how you can help the film here.

UK PREMIERE OF AWARD WINNING DOCUMENTARY “FORDSON”
Thursday 19th April,  6pm, Apollo Cinema Piccadilly.

TPFF friends at Radical Middle Way are presenting  Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football and the American Dream.

“Powerful… Intelligent… Moving. I want everyone… to watch this film!” Michael Moore.

The film follows a predominately Muslim and Arab high school football team from a working-class Detroit suburb as they practice for their big cross-town rivalry game during the last ten days of Ramadan, revealing a community holding onto its Islamic faith while they struggle, under the dark clouds of growing anti-Muslim hatred, for acceptance in post 9/11 America. There are a limited number of free tickets for friends of the Tipping Point Film Fund.  Additional tickets are also available for ONLY £5. Book here.

Also attending will be Director Rashid Ghazi, Coach Fouad “Walker” Zaban, Former Principal of Fordson High School Imad Fadlallah and the stars of the Fordson Tractors Football squad Ali Baidoun, Bilal Abu-Omarah, Baquer Sayed, Hassan Houssaiky.

BRIGHTON FESTIVAL

..is an amazing event in the festival calendar. One to watch out for, if you are attending, is a short doc having a special screening on Sunday 6th May. ‘The Killing Fields’ by Carlo Nero asks How does our taxation system affect our ecosystem? Can we save the environment and prevent the decimation of species by creating a seismic shift in how we run our economy? A panel discussion will be introduced by Vanessa Redgrave and will include Prof. Sir Richard Jolly Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex; Polly Higgins environmental lawyer and author of Eradicating Ecocide and Fred Harrison economist and author.

http://brightonfestival.org/event/477/the_killing_fields/

CAMPAIGNS to watch out for…

Amnesty Disarm Dictators campaign for a ‘bulletproof’ arms trade treaty.

In July, world leaders will meet in New York to draw up an historic document: the first ever international Arms Trade Treaty. Get it wrong and we may never get another chance to put it right.

38 Degrees ongoing campaigns: Save the NHS; and Tax Dodging Campaign

That’s all for now! As always, thanks to all our supporters and if you’d like to know more about how you can join them and support TPFF’s backing of great ‘call to action’ films, read more here.

Happy Easter Holidays!

Deb, Kev, Fran, Jen and all at TPFF

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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.

TPFF Film Club: Future of Hope

Future of Hope by Henry Bateman (75 mins)
Mon 6th Feb at 8.30pm

How can we shift a society’s values and vision after a banking collapse while simultaneously advocating a global green economy? Join us for the first London screening of Henry Bateson’s beautiful new ‘Iceland’ film and post-film discussion with author and Green Party candidate Dr.Shahrar Ali and Rajesh Makwana, Director of Share the World’s Resources, an advocacy NGO with UN consultative status.

‘…the general consensus among those interviewed is that it (the financial crash) presents an opportunity to transform an entire society. The philosophy of sustainable living has to underpin everything we do, economics included.’ Cristina Galvin, Irish Times

The Film

Henry Bateman’s film takes us from the origins of the Icelandic financial crash, through to the present day, exploring the consequences and the solutions.  His engaging cast of characters explain the levels of indebtedness  upon which the Icelandic economy grew to depend;  the impact on the entire population when the bubble burst; and the urgent need for new thinking if they – and by extension, us –  are to create a more equitable, sustainable economy for all.

Watch the trailer

Cinematically stunning, the film captures the breathtakingly beautiful landscapes of  Iceland – from the midnight sun to dark winters lit only by the snow, from geysers to volcanoes, and it features a specially commissioned soundtrack comprising brand new compositions  from artists such as Damien Rice. Future of Hope is journey of struggle, determination and most importantly, as the title says, hope as it clearly explains the country’s past, explores its present, and predicts a progressive future for a new and sustainable Iceland

Post Film Discussion

Joining us to explore the various themes in the film, not least how to turn the financial crisis into an opportunity and how to extend equitable solutions on a global scale will be:

Dr Shahrar Ali – officer of London Green Party and their former Policy Coordinator 2004-09.  His PhD in Philosophy from UCL  looked at lying and deception, with specific reference to public life. He entered Green politics after working as a researcher in the European Parliament on the risks of GM food. He has lived in Brent for ten years, has campaigned for sustainable solutions, such as transition towns; is the author of the bestseller Why Vote Green; and is a candidate in the 2012 London Assembly election.

And

Rajesh Makwana, director of Share The World’s Resources (STWR), a London-based organisation campaigning for international economic sharing – a more equitable distribution of financial and natural resources within and between nations. He has written articles on key development issues such as poverty, inequality and climate change, and previously worked in the private sector before formally establishing STWR as an advocacy organisation with consultative status at the United Nations.

Booking

Lexi Cinema. Tickets £5  . 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.

TPFF Festive Greetings

TPFF Festive Greetings

TPFF Festive Greetings!

So, another year is about to come to an end – does anyone out there have a trick to share about how we can slow down time? It passes way too fast!!

It’s been a year of unbelievable upheaval and turmoil, but one of people protest too. We here are optimistic that the so-called 99% will see a more just set of solutions come out of the chaos we have witnessed this past year because there are so many fantastic networks and organisations out there who are taking the ‘1%‘ on. And support for them will grow next year, for sure!

On that note, we continue to be amazed at the Just Do It team – the film is now truly on its international journey. If you have any doubt about the power of protest and non-violent direct action, this film will put it to bed! TPFF remains a very proud supporter of Emily and her team.

We Are Many

And to continue the ‘protest’ theme, there’s been great news on Amir Amirani’s film, ‘We Are Many’. Our recent Kickstarter online funding campaign raised $92k –significantly exceeding our target of $70k! This means the film can begin production in early 2012. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED – a special thanks to project partner War on Want for their help with the campaign.

TPFF is supporting the film with funding, fundraising and campaign development. Tim Robbins, Jemima Khan, Mark Rylance and Terry Jones are a few of the latest individuals to come on board; Oliver Stone has given his endorsement and no less than Stephen Fry has tweeted the film!

And were you one of the millions who marched on February 15th, 2003, to stop the Iraq Invasion? If so, tell us your story here.

The Road to Bethlehem

Leila took time out this year due to illness, but we are delighted she is back on form and picking up her work on the film again. ‘The Road to Bethlehem’ will be ready for a UK/Ireland release, along with campaign outreach, in mid-2012 and a USA/Canada release Christmas 2012. This comes as we see Palestine move for recognition at the UN, so we expect the timing of the film and its campaign to resonate across the USA as well as UK/Europe. We recently received a $15,000 private donation for the film to go towards this next stage and are in the process of seeking partners for the release of the film in the UK. If you would like to know how to support the film email info@tippingpointfilmfund.com.

If you live in the Richmond, Surrey area join us for an evening hosted by the Palestine Solidarity Committee. Leila will show excerpts from the film, share what it meant to document five momentous years in the life of Bethlehem and explain why she believes that Bethlehem has a crucial role to play in bringing about change in the Middle East.

Sunday 8th January 2012 at 8pm (Admission free, doors open at 7.30pm)

St Mary Magdalene, Church Walk off Paradise Road, Richmond TW9 1SN

Hosted by St Mary Magdalene & Richmond & Kingston PSC www.richkingpsc.org.uk

Prohibition: A Modern Addiction

TPFF is working with Australian director Shane Ward to help progress the development of his film ‘Prohibition: A Modern Addiction’ addressing the failure of the global war on drugs – a war that has cost hundreds of billions of dollars; that is abjectly failing those poorer nations affected by drugs; criminalising generation after generation of poor, often black, young people; while at the same time enriching cartels, the US private prison system and many others along the way.

Yet there is a growing recognition of the reality which is – this ‘war’ is making matters worse, not better. So what are the ways forward? What does the evidence tell us and do we have the courage to rethink the approach, the discourse, on prohibition?

Shane has spent two years researching the issue and has the support of many of the world’s leading drug policy experts – from policy and campaign groups to law-makers and enforcers. We are now at the stage of raising funds to move to the next stage of development and pulling together the all-essential fundraising trailer. If you would like to know more about the film’s campaign partners please find out more at:

Transform

Release

If you would like to help us raise funds for the film, please email info@tippingpointfilmfund.com for more information.

TPFF Film Club

Thanks to all our Film Club supporters for another great year of film screenings and a very big thanks to ALL our great panellists and directors who always make our Q&A’s so good! Highlights were Inside Job, The End of Poverty?, The Take, Just Do It, Iraq: War Love God Madness; When China Met Africa and An African Election.
As ever, thanks to the Bernie Grant Arts Centre and the lovely Lexi Cinema team for being such great partners! Thanks to Dogwoof for being our festival partners; and a special shout out to the team at Humanfilm – Mohammed, Isabelle, Danny and Kathryn – keep up the amazing work and we urge everyone to check out Humanfilm – their films and campaigns. Thanks for Greenbelt 2011!

And a Big Thank You to…

And finally, we end this year as last year, with a BIG THANK YOU to The Co-operative, without whom there would be no TPFF and to our donors, one off and regular givers, whose support to the Fund we hugely appreciate.

We send you all our best wishes for the festive season and wish you a peaceful New Year.

Deb, Kev, Fran, Jen and all at TPFF

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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.

Naomi Klein’s ‘The Take’ – 22nd June – 7.30pm FREE EVENT

Naomi Klein’s ‘The Take’ – 22nd June – 7.30pm FREE EVENT

True to form, Naomi Klein gets to the heart of a complex story and reveals the human impact of the effects of globalization, with her film made in Argentina at the time of the country’s banking and economic collapse.

It is 2005 and Latin America’s most prosperous middle class finds itself facing ghost towns with abandoned factories and mass unemployment. Klein follows one story – thirty unemployed car workers in Buenos Aires who occupy their idle factory and refuse to leave. All they want is to restart the machines… the result is a real-life political thriller that pits ordinary workers against the local ruling elite – factory owners, politicians and judges.

This film coincides with the start of the UK’s groundbreaking Co-operatives Fortnight – June 25th to July 9th – promoting the work and value of co-operation in the UK and abroad.

‘Fierce and Inspiring’ – Washington Post

… ‘A suspenseful, cautionary tale universal in its implications’ – LA Times

… ‘A cross between Michael Moore and Ken Loach’…. – International Herald Tribune

The Take (87 mins), the winner of several festival prizes, is directed by journalist Avi Lewis, written by Naomi Klein (No Logo) and is 87 mins duration.

Admission

This will be a FREE event! 7.30pm on Wednesday 22nd June.

Come and join us for a pre-mid summers day drink/screening/social gathering

No RSVPS – max 80 capacity, so come on time if you want a seat!

Getting there

Venue: The Chapel Bar, Islington (29a Penton Street, N1 9PX – nearest tube is Angel)

Map: http://www.thechapelbar.co.uk/contact.html

Directions: 5 mins walk from Angel Tube. Cross to White Lion Street, walk to the top where it meets Penton Street, Chapel Bar is on the opposite corner.