Late March events plus a screening of Torre Bela at Sedition-TONIGHT!!
I know we said we wouldn't spam you with a mountain of email, but this one is a special case. Our friends over at the Skydive Art Space were forced to cancel their Friday night screening of Torre Bela, an almost impossible to find documentary about a land takeover during the 1975 revolution in Portugal. Thus this announcement of a last minute screening to take place at Sedition Books tonight complete with an introduction by a Portuguese filmmaker who is making a follow up documentary interviewing participants in the original land takeover.
While we're at it there are two other events at the infoshop this week so here's info about that as well. And here's a preview: Bob Jensen is coming back to Houston to do a joint event with Sedition and KPFT mark your slingshots, he'll be here on April 16th and this time we'll do his talk at a space big enough to hold you all!
Sedition Books is still located at 901 Richmond Avenue (That's one block East of Montrose) and you can call or check out our website for more info: 713.523.0807 or www.seditionbooks.org You can also look for us on facebook or myspace or follow our news on twitter-just search for seditionbooks.
As always. All events are free but we can always use your donations for the infoshop and the touring bands and speakers.
Monday, March 29th
Screening Of Thomas Harlan’s Torre Bela (1977), a documentary of a group of workers that take over of a privately owned estate to start a collective farm.
Presented by Jose Filipe Costa in collaboration with SKYDIVE ART SPACE and SEDITION BOOKSTORE
In conjunction with EXHIBITION OF PROPOSALS FOR A SOCIALIST COLONY on view at the Eldorado Building at PROJECT ROW HOUSES from March 27 – May 22, 2010
For more information visit www.theskydive.org
Jose Filipe Costa is an artist and filmmaker living and working in Lisbon, Portugal. He is visiting Houston to take part in Exhibition of Proposals for a Socialist Colony at Skydive. For the past year he has been working on filming and interviewing the participants of the Torre Bela Cooperative. Tonight we will screen the original and famous documentary Torre Bela
A few years after the Carnation Revolution, that ended the longest running dictatorship in Europe, the populations from a group of villages in central Portugal, proceed to the neighboring Torre Bela, the largest walled manor in the country. Their leader is the charismatic Wilson, a young man of 25, just out of prison for robbing a bank. Motivated by the country's political context, the people demand that the owner, the Duke of Lafões, descendant of the Portuguese royal family, provide them with jobs. The Duke refuses, and soon the crowd longs for not only jobs, but also the ownership of the land and the "palace", where the aristocrat's family resides. The plan is to transform the Torre Bela into an agricultural cooperative, with no single owner, in which everyone earns the same salary, both men and women, with a day care centre and a cultural centre. The first movements of the occupation are filmed by Thomas Harlan's crew, recently arrived from Chile. Harlan, the son of Veit Harlan (the director of the Nazi propaganda film Jew Suss, 1940), had contacted in his childhood with Goebbels and Hitler, and had traveled and contacted with the left wing movements of the 60's and 70's. When arriving at the Torre Bela, Harlan only intended to capture the events to show them in other neighboring cooperatives, but he ended up making a film that premiered in the Cannes Film Festival in 1977.
Tuesday, March 30th
(Film Screening) Between Resistance and Community: The Long Island DIY Punk Scene
This original documentary focuses on a group of kids who have built a community around a love of music and a passion for creating an alternative to dominant consumerist society. By putting on shows in basements, booking and traveling on national tours, and releasing their own records, these kids attempt to distance themselves from the corporate influence that they consider not only unnecessary, but unwelcome.
This fascinating look into the workings of a DIY punk community also examines the scene's shortcomings, such as undercurrents of sexism as well as the problem of self sufficiency, which pressures some to seek out the same corporate avenues to which the scene strives to be an alternative.
Features live footage and interviews with Latterman, On the Might of Princes, The Insurgent, Seven Days of Samsara, plus show-goers, scenesters, zinesters, and activists.
Thursday, April 1st
Fossil Fool's day Fundraiser for Climate Arrestees
Food & Movie Night - Out of Balance: ExxonMobile's Impact on Climate Change)
On the night of Fossil Fools Day - International Day of Climate Action, come on out and show your support for folks taking direct action to stop the insanity of fossil fuel extraction and rising emissions.
Alex, Houston contact for Rising Tide North America, presents:Delicious vegan snacks and dessert!
Roundup of Fossil Fools Day actions across the globe!
Followed by an excellent film on one of the world's most powerful corporations - destroying people, the planet, and rational discourse from their Houston & Irving offices as we speak: Out of Balance: ExxonMobil’s Impact on Climate Change (2007, 65 minutes)
Documentarian Tom Jackson turns his lens on some inconvenient truths about energy titan ExxonMobil and its effect on climate change.
Spotlighting the company's efforts to fund skewed media campaigns and support global-warming skeptics, Jackson builds his case in interviews with leading writers and scientists in the field of climatology. The film also explains the science behind global warming, as well as offering up some solutions to the crisis.
$5 suggested donation, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.