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Announcement :: Globalization
Soylent Green || Mar 15
12 Mar 2006
Free Screening: Soylent Green
7pm, Wednesday, March 15, 2006

at the Lucy Parsons Center
549 Columbus Ave (in the South End)


Directed by Richard Fleischer

It's the year 2022... People are still the same. They'll do anything to get what they need. And they need SOYLENT GREEN.

In the year 2022, earth's face has completely changed. New York's population, for example, has grown to 40 million mouths to feed. The greenhouse effect has risen the temperature into nearly unbearable regions, and the people are kept in the cities by law. The rich live in separated luxury apartments (with women as part of the rented furniture) but also experience the lack of natural food. Strawberries are at $150 for a glass of them. Police Detective Thorn investigates a strange murdering case of a official from the Soylent corporation, which feeds the masses with a palette of their creations: Soylent red, yellow, or, even more nutritious, green. He soon stumbles across the real source of Soylent Green, which is not soy beans or plankton any more.


Upcoming Films:


March 22 – Negroes With Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/negroeswithguns/

NEGROES WITH GUNS: Rob Williams and Black Power tells the dramatic story of the often-forgotten civil rights leader who urged African Americans to arm themselves against violent racists. In doing so, Williams not only challenged the Klan-dominated establishment of his hometown of Monroe, North Carolina, he alienated the mainstream Civil Rights Movement, which advocated peaceful resistance.

For Williams and other African Americans who had witnessed countless acts of brutality against their communities, armed self-defense was a practical matter of survival, particularly in the violent, racist heart of the Deep South. As the leader of the Monroe chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Williams led protests against the illegal segregation of Monroe’s public swimming pool. He also drew international attention to the harsh realities of life in the Jim Crow South. All the while, Williams and other protestors met the constant threat of violence and death with their guns close at hand.


March 29 – Can Dialectics Break Bricks?

1973 film produced by French Situationist René Viénet. The Situationists only contributed the sound track over the original Kung fo film,which is their method of detournement.The concept and motivation of this film is of adapting bourgeois films into ‘radical critiques’ of cultural hegemony and thus into tools of Subversive revolutionaries ideals.

The Narrative is based on a conflict between the proletarian and bureaucrats within state capitalism. The proletarians enlist their dialectics and radical subjectivity to fight their oppressors while the bureaucrats defend themselves by trying to buy off the skilled dialecticians and violence. The film uses many types of humour from sarcasm and puns to cruder jokes but is overall quite effective.

The film contains many references to revolutionaries who thought and fought for the realisations of a post-capitalists world, including Marx, Bakunin and Wilhelm Reich. Also Subplots dealing with issues of gender equality, alienation, trade unionism,May 1968 and the Situationist themselves are riddled throughout the film.


April 5 – Simple Men (1992)

Directed by Hal Hartley

Bill McCabe, a vaguely misogynistic ne'er-do-well who has just been double-crossed by his girlfriend during a heist, is reunited with his younger and more reserved brother Dennis on a quest for their father. Along the way they encounter a lonely bar owner with whom Bill falls in love, an epileptic young woman with a big secret, a psychotic ex-husband, a bitter sheriff, and several other colorful characters. This "road movie with a twist" aims to explore men's attitudes toward both women and themselves.


April 12 - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (also titled Chavez: Inside the Coup)

2002 documentary about the April 2002 attempted coup d'état in which Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez was briefly deposed.

A television crew from Ireland's Radio Telifís Éireann happened to be recording a documentary about Chávez at the time when the coup broke out. Shifting focus, they then proceeded to follow the events as they occurred. During their filming, the crew recorded images of the events that contradicted explanations given by anti-Chávez campaigners, the opposition-controlled private media, the US State Department, and then White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer. Their conclusion is that the coup was the result of a much larger conspiracy between various old guard, anti-Chávez factions within both Venezuela and the United States.

The film has won awards at many of the film festival screenings where it was shown. It has been widely debated among both supporters and critics of the Venezuelan government. According to some critics and members of the Venezuelan opposition, the film omits (or misrepresents) important events, such as the resignation of Chávez publicly announced by General in Chief Lucas Rincón Romero.

Supporters of the Chávez administration and of the film claim that there has been intimidation by anti-Chávez groups and attempts to have the documentary quashed. They argue the events are in fact correctly portrayed in the documentary. Further it is claimed that Gustavo Cisneros was involved with the coup and behind attempts to quash the film.


April 19 – Love and Anarchy (1973)

Tells the story of a shy country peasant who goes to the city with a plan to assassinate Benito Mussolini. Shows how his underground contact in the network of anarchists offers him a hideout in her brothel where he meets a young prostitute and falls in love.




Radical Film Night at the Lucy Parsons Center
Every Wednesday night at 7pm
Always Free


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


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ABOUT LPC
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+++ Where are we?

Lucy Parsons Center
549 Columbus Avenue
Boston's South End
Telephone: 617.267.6272
Email: lucyparsons (at) tao.ca
Web: http://www.lucyparsons.org/

+++ Directions

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.

+++ 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) yahoo.com

+++ 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) yahoo.com. 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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Re: Soylent Green || Mar 15
15 Mar 2006
I saw Soylent Green when it first came out.I always thought this was our future and now we are only 16 years away from 2022.The book is even better! I'm sure we're headed for something very close to this prediction of our future.The oceans are starting to die and the planet is very over crowded and our population is steadily growing.Maybe the oceans will be dead by 2022? And global warming is now a proven fact.Please read the book and see the film.Brave New World ,Silent Running and Soylent Green seems to be our certain future,that's if we last that long.
Re: Soylent Green || Mar 15
16 Mar 2006
You just can't read an intelligent comment anymore on this website.The moron trolls have taken over with their usual childish and inane comments.American culture has no redeeming qualities.
Re: Soylent Green || Mar 15
16 Mar 2006
Yeah America sucks. I know. I live here on college welfare. It's way better in Europe where you can be a social democrat and homo without meen peeple saying bad things to you.
Re: Soylent Green || Mar 15
19 Mar 2006
Soooylent Green is peeeeople....