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network 10/04/2014 - 09:00AM

Montreal CP Book Launch and John Greyson Talk

It was a night we'll never forget: tucked into the amazing space on the 11th floor of Concordia's EV building, complete with an incredible view of downtown Montreal, Cinema Politica launched our first book and John Greyson gave a stirring talk called "How to Make Glue from Macaroni."

With live Jazz playing, the sun setting, and the new CP book, Screening Truth to Power: A Reader on Documentary Activism stacked upon the Concordia Coop Bookstore's table, about 130 people settled into an evening of art, instrospection, solidarity, provocation and politics. Greyson's presentation, complete with beautiful slides of the filmmaker's drawings from the time he spent in a Cairo prison, was a powerful reminder that while the campaign to free John and Tarek may be over, the struggle for justice for the thousands of political prisoners sitll languishing in jails goes on. On this count, Greyson urged the audience to all take snapshots of themselves holding signs that read #freeAJstaff, in order to help efforts to release Al Jazeera journalists detained in Egypt. Listening to Greyson connect artistic expression with political struggle and resistance inspired and charged the entire room, and at times the collective concentration was so focused you could have heard a pin drop.

Once Greyson's hour-long talk finished, we were thrilled to see so many friends, filmmakers, collaborators, activists and supporters gobble up the Cinema Politica book, reassuring us that we may avoid bankruptcy on this latest tricky endeavour!

It was an incredible night, with a slide show displaying images from across the Cinema Politica Network, covering ten years of activity in Canada and abroad. Two talented jazz musicians played music as books were signed, wine was sipped, and conversation struck up around art, politics and resistance -- our perfect recipe for an unforgettable time.

We'd like to thank everyone who showed up, the staff and volunteers who helped organize the event (most of whom are pictured in the group shot on the roof), our friend Rami (who wore two hats as soiux chef in the kitchen and nanny outside, helping little Ouadane find her way safely around the facilities), John Greyson for a fantastic presentation, our Boar members, and the communities of artists and activists who continue to inspire and activate us.

You can check out all the wonderful photos taken by Mimi Zhou here at our Flickr page, and you can order your copy of Screening Truth to Power: A Reader on Documentary Activism right here on the CP site.

Here's to ten more years of screening truth to power!