2015 is the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta, and the750th anniversary of Simon De Montfort’s 1265 parliament at which representatives of the cities and boroughs were present alongside knights for the first time. These two events together paved the way for the emergence of the House of Commons and British representative democracy, as we know it today.
The 2015 Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival critically explores the relationship between the democratic citizen, the state and the corporation in this era of globalised, neoliberal turbo-capitalism.Feature Films:
The Square (2013 – This Oscar nominated documentary on the Egyptian uprising, is an immersive experience, transporting the viewer deeply into the intense emotional drama and personal stories behind the news. It is the inspirational story of young people claiming their rights, and struggling through multiple forces, in the fight to create a society of conscience.
No (2012) – An ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile’s 1988 referendum.
The Spirit of ’45 (2013) – A documentary on how the spirit of unity, which buoyed Britain during the war years, carried through to create a vision of a fairer, united society.
It Happened Here (1963) – 1945 and the Nazis have won the Second World War and invaded Britain. There is a split between the resistance and those who prefer to collaborate with the invaders for a quiet life. The protagonist, a nurse, is caught in the middle.
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (2003) – A documentary focusing on events in Venezuela leading up to and during the April 2002 coup d’état attempt, which saw President Hugo Chávez removed from office for two days and then reinstated due to popular pressure.
Friday 17th July
Saturday 18th July
Sunday 19th July
11.00-13.00 Small Axe Short Film Festival