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Announcement :: Media
LPC Radical Film Schedule: Oct-Nov
08 Oct 2005
Lucy Parsons Center Radical Film Night
Every Wednesday night at 7pm, Always Free
October 12 through November 30th

Questions-Comments about the film series, contact films(-at-)

Oct 12 – Buffalo Soldiers (2005)
Directed by Allan Shinohara

Catch at the LPC (for free) before the "world premier" at Coolidge Corner as part of the upcoming New England Film and Video Fest

Tobacco farming relies heavily on manual labor. It remains relatively unchanged since pre-industrial times. For decades migrant workers from Jamaica have been coming to North America to work in U.S. fields and are an integral part of our community. However, most people are unaware of the fact that, only a few miles away, Jamaican migrant workers are toiling in the summer heat to maintain the U.S. Tobacco Industry in New England. Media coverage of migrant work tends to focus on the sensational - inhumane working conditions, poor housing, or other forms of exploitation.

The story we discovered is far more subtle. Told in their own words, it is a story of sacrifice and love of family; a story of back-breaking labor and dedication, coupled with bitter isolation and loneliness. In documenting the lives of these migrant workers, we hope to demystify their existence and to give the community at large a glimpse of their extraordinary lives.

Oct 19 – Thirst (2004, 60 min)
Thirst is a moving 60-minute documentary by Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman on global resistance to water privatization, a trend sweeping the United States. Dramatic stories from Bolivia, India and California are bracketed by escalating conflict over privatization at a global water conference in Japan.

Thirst takes a piercing look at the conflict between public and private stewardship, and the claim that water is a human right versus a commodity. From riots in Bolivia to women’s water mobilizations in India to extraordinary community organizing in the United States, THIRST shows that water is the catalyst for old conflicts and new coalitions. Scheduled for a national broadcast on the PBS series P.O.V., THIRST is a warning: multinational water companies are coming to your town as certainly as Wal-Mart.

Oct 26 – Beyond the Screams (Mas Alla De Los Gritos) (1999, 30 min)
An interesting and comprehensive look at the latino/chicano punk community and the experience within this culture. This documentary propels you into understanding the impassioned and aggressive emotions of the individuals that exist beyond recognized realms of punk.

Martin Sorrondeguy. former vocalist for los crudos is the producer of this powerful and uplifting documentary. live performances by: los crudos, subsistencia, bread and circuits, kontra attaque and many more!

Nov 2 – An Injury To One (2005, 53 min)
Directed by Travis Wilkerson

How poetically just that a film about miners should itself be a work of excavation...Set in the western mining town of Butte, Montana, AN INJURY centers around the murder of Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) organizer Frank Little in 1917 and the catastrophic, decades-long, human and environmental exploitation by the Anaconda Copper Mining Company. In the film, Wilkerson avoids the standard approaches of either historical recreation or straightforward academicism in favor of an experimental weaving of text (both visual and spoken), song, landscape photography, and archival documents. In re-framing this significant yet tellingly overlooked piece of US labor history, AN INJURY TO ONE stands as a work of considerable formal precision and acrid beauty.

Nov 9 – American Dream (1990, 90 min)
Directed by Barbara Kopple

The winner of the 1990 Academy award for best documentary, this is a forceful account of the labor strike and political discord in a small, closely knit Minnesota town, at the Hormel Meat Packing plant. Kopple brilliantly covers the issues, background, social and economic context and the key players. The fight literally pitted brother against brother, after some workers crossed the picket line. Kopple strips away the layers of deception and anger to present a startling portrait of Reagan/Bush era greed and the frightening repercussions and break up of a community. Kopple worked on the film for more than seven years.

Nov 16 – The Murder Of Fred Hampton (1971, 88 min)
Directed by Mike Gray

Fred Hampton was the leader of the Chicago Chapter of The Black Panther Party. This film depicts his brutal murder by the Chicago police and its subsequent investigation, but also documents his activities in organizing the Chapter, his public speeches, and the programs he founded for children during the last eighteen months of his life. This is the most harrowing film ever made on The Panthers.

Nov 23 – No Film Screening. Acoustic music show by Robert Blake. 7pm.

Nov 30 (double screening) – Woomera (Australia, 2005, 35 min)
A collective project of SKA-TV. A stirring account of a direct action at Woomera in the middle of the South Australian desert where refugees are held in detention camps for years. Event got huge national attention, the debate continues.

Nov 30 (double screening) – Seeing is believing: Handicams, Human Rights & The News (Canada, 58 min)
Dir. by Katerina Cizek and Peter Wintonick.

Joey Lozano never parts with his handicam as he documents rights abuses in the Philippines. But does Joey's camera prevent violence or jeopardize lives? More than 150 million handicams have been sold worldwide since they hit the market in 1985, and they're being used for much more than weddings and family vacations. From Welsh grannies filming noisy neighbors to forensic anthropologists unearthing mass graves, filmmakers Katerina Cizek and Peter Wintonick examine the phenomena that has made people worldwide take action to document realities that the rest of United States would otherwise easily ignore.


+++ Where are we?

Lucy Parsons Center
549 Columbus Avenue
Boston's South End
Telephone: 617.267.6272
Email: lucyparsons (at)

+++ What are we?

The Lucy Parsons Center, Boston's collectively run radical bookstore features an extensive selection of radical books and magazines, internet access, space for talks and meetings, and free movies Wednesday nights. Located at 549 Columbus Avenue in the South End the store is just down from Mass Ave and easily reached from the Mass Ave and Symphony T stations and the #1 bus. Regular store hours Mon-Fri 12-9pm Weekends 12-6.

+++ Volunteer

Volunteering at LPC isn't just about donating your labor. All of the Lucy Parsons Center volunteers contribute to all aspects of running the store and can take part in all decisions in how it's run. If you know anything about grant writing, web design, or any other skills you think would be useful, or if you just want to be part of this great radical project, please email Pete at petestid (at)

+++ Use our space for radical stuff

One of the most important aspects of the Lucy Parsons Center is providing a community meeting place for radical activities. If you want to host an event, please send an email to Rebecca at rebeccabatchelder (at) Make sure to give enough notice so that we can approve the event at our bimonthly meetings.

If you have a group that needs a space to have regular meetings, just come to the bookstore and fill out a space request form. Again, make sure to allow time for approval by the collective.

+++ Donate MONEY!

We need support to help ensure the Lucy Parsons Center continues to grow and be an important resource for the community. Donations can be made in the form of cash, check or credit cards. Please call the store for more info. If you don't have a lot, don't worry, even donating the change of your purchase can make a difference.

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By train/public transportation: Take the Orange Line to the Mass Ave. stop, or the Green "E" line to the Symphony stop. Walk south on Mass Ave for a minute or two. Go left onto Columbus Avenue for 1-1/2 blocks. Lucy Parsons Center will be on the left.

By bus:Take the #1 Dudley/Mass Ave bus to the corner of Columbus Avenue and Mass Ave. Walk east on Columbus Avenue 1-1/2 blocks. Lucy Parsons Center will be on the left.

By car, from Storrow Drive: Exit at Copley. Go left at the light, onto Arlington Street. Continue approximatley five blocks until Columbus Avenue. Go right onto Columbus Avenue for approximately eight blocks. Lucy Parsons Center will be on your right. If you reach Mass Ave, you've gone one block too far.

From I-93 N or S:Take the Storrow Drive exit. Continue 1-2 minutes on Storrow and exit at Copley. Go left at the light, onto Arlington Street. Continue approximatley five blocks until Columbus Avenue. Go right onto Columbus Avenue for approximately eight blocks. Lucy Parsons Center will be on your right. If you reach Mass Ave, you've gone one block too far.
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Re: LPC Radical Film Schedule: Oct-Nov
08 Oct 2005
these movies sound really incredible, even better than the regular awesome movies shown on wednesdays.