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NEW ACQUISITION: MARS AT SUNRISE

network on Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cinema Politica is thrilled to announce that we have acquired the rights to screen Jessica Habie’s MARS AT SUNRISE throughout our network of locals.

You Can't Pinkwash This

network on Wednesday, July 02, 2014

A new short from John Greyson and friends.

Mars at Sunrise: Exceptional Fiction

bloor on Monday, February 24, 2014

Every once in a while CP breaks from protocol and showcases extraordinary political fiction.
The coveted CP Audience Choice Award is given to one special documentary each year, chosen by our audiences across the world. This year's winner is perhaps one of the all-time audience award-winning docs ever...
On Dec 8, 2011 Cinema Politica student group at Stockholm University invited Terje Carlsson to screen his documentary “Welcome to Hebron”. The documentary deals with the daily life struggles of a group of teenage Palestinian girls from a school in Hebron and focuses on Leila, a Palestinian girl living under the shadows of illegal military and settler-colonial occupation of her city, Hebron. The documentary is mostly filmed in Hebron and shows the various hardships, such as military check-points, closure of market places and businesses and settler violence that the Palestinian residents in general and students in particular have to go through to conduct their daily business.
Last Monday, following a Concordia screening of a selection of Greyson's work called "Sex, Song and Segregation" Cinema Politica awarded the Toronto-based filmmaker a new award, named after one of Canada's most committed documentarians.

Reflections on an American Radical

stockholm on Monday, October 11, 2010

On September 27, 2010, Cinema Politica Stockholm screened a documentary entitled American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein at the Stockholm University.
As of Thursday, the documentary film group Cinema Politica has learned that it will not be welcomed back to the Old Woods Hole Firehouse, a publicly-owned building administered by the Woods Hole Community Association. After three months of mediation, negotiations for the film screenings to return to the Firehouse broke down when the WHCA refused to consider a non-discrimination policy for users of the building. Cinema Politica had also offered to include a disclaimer on its advertising, absolving the WHCA of any responsibility for the content of the films screened at the Firehouse. Although Cinema Politica entered into the mediation on good faith, the process failed to establish the group's right to show films without fear of censorship-or pressure to self-censor.
We're sorry to inform you that the Woods Hole Community Association sent a letter last week informing us that we are not invited to rent the Firehouse during July and August-- and only after a hearing in September will they consider renting to us again. At issue is our decision to screen five films over the past year and a half regarding the human rights situation in Palestine-- most recently, our June 4 screening of "Occupation 101." Since last year, we have been hearing that some members of the the WHCA Board of Directors take issue with these documentaries. But in our discussions with the Community Association co-presidents, we have not been able to find out what their concerns are or how our groups could work together to resolve our differences. We have invited WHCA members to come to the films and take part in discussion-- which we feel would be a first step in relieving tensions, by getting the debate out into the open. As far as we know, nobody who has a problem with these films has attended any screenings; instead, the Board has seen fit to ban us from the Firehouse. If this update concerns you, there are two things you can do: sign our petition and send emails to the WHCA co-presidents: Catherine Bumpus at catherinebumpus [at] aol [dot] com Steve Junker at junker [at] thoughtballoon [dot] org.
For over a year, Cinema Politica-Woods Hole has been in discussions with the Woods Hole Community Association-- the group that rents us the Firehouse-- regarding the "concerns" the WHCA has with films regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  Given the events surrounding the Free Gaza flotilla (and the local connection, due to the presence of a local woman on board one of the ships), we held a screening of "Occupation 101" on June 4. The following is a letter in response to the WHCA co-presidents' email, questioning why they were not warned of the screening in advance. June 5, 2010 To the Woods Hole Community Association Board of Directors: As you are aware, we held a screening of "Occupation 101" at the Firehouse on Friday, June 4. It was one of our most well-attended screenings, with people of all ages filling over 50 seats. We made the decision to screen this film on Tuesday, given the spotlight on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict following the IDF raid on the Free Gaza flotilla on Monday. As is the case with any documentary screening, Cinema Politica tries to tie in its programming with events in the news. We felt that showing this film would provide critical context for why the boats were attempting to break the Gaza blockade in the first place.
 

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