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Progressive Film Club Saturday 22nd April 2017 Venue: The Ireland Institute, The Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2 Admission (as always) is free of charge.
2pm: Salt of the Earth (1954) – 93mins Director: Herbert Biberman
Blacklisted by Hollywood this film set in Zinctown, N.M. uses a combination of actors and non-professionals to tell a great story. Sparked by a mine accident, the workers, mostly Mexican Americans, go on strike. Safety is the issue, but is inextricably linked with racial discrimination as Anglo miners work in pairs, while Mexican Americans are forced to work alone. It is only through solidarity , and importantly the indomitable resolve of their wives, mothers and daughters, that the miners eventually triumph. One of the great union films, it is also a celebration of male-female solidarity. Co-produced by the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelt Workers, Salt of the Earth was assembled under conditions of extreme duress by a group of Hollywood expatriates, all victims of the Blacklist.
3.45pm: Where’s the Fire Brigade Daddy? – 8mins: Well Red Films
Interesting short, looking at the future of public services. In a first-floor flat in any British town or city a fire is raging. This film follows events, in a tongue-in-cheek fashion, when the victims try to contact the fire services.
4pm: Ditching the Fear (2015) – 80mins:
Directors: Rosa Cannone/Johanna Schellhagen
Since 2008 in northern Italy, unusual things have been happening. Companies, the political class and the media are using the onset of the crisis to further undermine workers’ rights. On the other side, a lively and strong resistance has been forming at the bottom end of the wage scale. Warehouse workers in Italy have managed to turn the tables on the bosses and engage in more offensive struggles – in a new sector (logistics) whose emergence itself was closely connected to capital’s attack on the old workers’ strongholds through dispersion of production. The workers involved are mostly (male) migrant workers, largely from North, East and sub-saharan Africa and India. Migrant workers are usually blamed for the downward trend in wages and as such, are easily scapegoated for the ills of capitalist crisis.
Alan Martin of Dublin Dockers Preservation Society wins Heritage Council’s Hero Award for Society’s outstanding photographic archive that records recent history of the port and its communities
The Heritage Council’s Heritage Hero Award celebrates someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the protection and promotion of heritage in Ireland. This year 86 individuals were nominated.
One of the winners was Alan Martin – Dublin Dock Workers Society, Dublin
Alan Martin always had a passion for preserving the industrial heritage of Dublin Docks. Initially he did this through his own photographs. Then he helped set up the Dublin Dock Workers Preservation Society, which appealed for old photographs. Alan maintains a website which displays the 3,500+ photographs that have been donated to date. Without him this rich heritage would have been lost.
Saturday, February 11th, 2016, 8.30 pm The Ferryman, 35 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay
An evening of entertainment with song writer Paul O’Brien .Hosted by the Dublin Dock Workers Preservation Society and the East Wall History Group , this evening will celebrate the history and stories of the Docklands. We will remember the workforce and the community , the characters and the people who travelled from our shores , in an entertaining mix of songs and storytelling. In addition to the material based on experiences in the Dublin Docks, Paul has also travelled all over Port cities in Europe and has found inspiration in the similar histories found there . While celebrating the history of Dublin Port , we will also be remembering those who worked and lived there but are no longer with us.
This is a FREE EVENT , all welcome . If you have a song you’d like to perform or a story you’d like to share please fell free to take part.