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Announcement :: Education : Environment : GLBT/Queer : Globalization : Human Rights : Labor
January Radical Film Night @ Lucy Parsons Center
28 Dec 2007
Radical Film Night at Lucy Parsons Center
545 Columbus Ave, Boston
Every Wednesday at 7pm
Always Free

January 2
China Blue
Like no other film before, China Blue (2005, 88 min) is a powerful and poignant journey into the harsh world of sweatshop workers. Shot clandestinely, this is a deep-access account of what both China and the international retailers don't want us to see -- how the clothes we buy are actually made. Following a pair of denim jeans from birth to sale, China Blue links the power of the U.S. consumer market to the daily lives of a Chinese factory owner and two teenaged female factory workers. Filmed both in the factory and in the workers' faraway village, this documentary provides a rare, human glimpse at China's rapid transformation into a free market society.

January 9
What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire (123 min)
A disturbing, compassionate, sometimes humorous personal essay about coming to grips with climate change, resource crises, environmental meltdown, and the demise of the American lifestyle. Friends and experts analyze the historical, social, and psychological factors driving us towards human extinction. Bennett and Erickson challenge their audience to face difficult times with courage and integrity.
Featuring interviews with authors and scientists Daniel Quinn, Derrick Jensen, Richard Heinberg, William Catton, Jerry Mander, Chellis Glendinning, Richard Manning, Thomas Berry, Paul Roberts, Ran Prieur, William Schlesinger, Stuart Pimm and Douglas Crawford-Brown.

January 16
Eternal Seed (1996, 43 min)
With insightful interviews and rare footage from India's agricultural industry, this keenly observed film depicts Indian women's struggles to use traditional farming practices instead of chemically-based agriculture. Comparing the practices of women who consider seeds sacred with multinational companies' use of sterilized hybrids, this evocative analysis celebrates the scientific basis of women's native traditions in a provocative look at the evolving meanings of healthy land use.

Yu Koyo Peya (22 min)
Yu Koyo Peya: An expression from the Ipili Tribe of Papua New Guinea, meaning, "The Land Is Ending."
A documentary by Tyler Kimble summarizing the primitivist critique of civilization, and the arguments regarding collapse.
Richard Heinberg, James Kunstler and Jared Diamond are prominently featured in this 22-minute video.

January 23
Muxes: Authentic Intrepid Seekers of Danger (2005, 105 min)
A lively and surprising portrait of a group of homosexuals, who defend their sexual diversity while preserving their identity as Zapotec Indians in the "queer paradise" of Juchitan Mexico. MUXES (pronounced 'mooshays') examines transgressive boundary-pushing within an indigenous culture that has historically embraced this third gender. On the sun-baked Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Mexico lies the town of Juchitan, whose population of indigenous Zapotecs have for centuries warded off numerous invasions to preserve their identity. Today, Juchitan has an additional, more notorious, identity, as a "queer paradise" famous for Muxes, effeminate homosexual men whose socially defined role within the Zapotec culture pre-dates the advent of gay liberation.
Muxes of Juchitan are proud of their identities, enjoy their lives, laugh at themselves as well as at straight society, and admit their own foibles freely. They call themselves "Authentic, Intrepid Seekers of Danger" and have banded together to lead the fight against AIDS in Oaxaca. They talk frankly about their experiences of acceptance and rejection, and their successes in finding freedom, love and delight in their identities.

January 29
Madchen in Uniform (1931, 88 min)
Manuela is a spirited and independent teenager sent to a boarding school when her mother dies. The Prussian principal runs the school with an iron hand, believing that discipline and hunger strengthen a girl's character. Like the rest of the girls, Manuela develops a crush on Elizabeth Von Bernburg, a young teacher who believes it's important to be the children's trusted friend. Manuela's mistake is to announce her love in front of guests and students at a party following a school play.
The film was groundbreaking in a number of ways: firstly for its all-female cast; secondly for its sympathetic portrayal of lesbian pedagogical eros and homoeroticism revolving around the passionate love of a fourteen-year-old for her teacher; and thirdly for its co-operative and profit-sharing financial arrangements (although in practice these ultimately failed).

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