The-Brussels-Business-WebManchester Film Co-operative would like to invite you to a screening of the documentary film The Brussels Business.

In the early 90s two young men discover the enormous influence of lobbying in Brussels. One becomes the leading lobby-watchdog in Brussels, the other one becomes a top lobbyist on world trade issues, representing 50% of the EU’s economy – banks, insurances, telecoms, touristic operators and a wide range of business federations.

By following one’s investigations and the other’s career this film takes us on a journey into the corridors of power of the biggest economy on earth – the European Union. In the form of a docu-thriller, THE BRUSSELS BUSINESS tries to answer a question millions of Europeans ask themselves: Who runs the European Union?

 

Following the screening we have a post film discussion on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). If you want to know more about TTIP and the EU we will have speakers from 38 Degrees, the University of Manchester and Ethical Consumer to ask any questions you might have.

Date: Tuesday 28th October 2014, 7pm.

Admission (includes free popcorn):
£7 – solidarity (optional)
£5 – waged
£3 unwaged/student
Low/No Wage – donations only

Venue: Yard Theatre, 41 Old Birley Street, Hulme, Manchester. M15 5RF

Dear Manchester Film Co-op Audience Community! We are looking for applicants to immediately join our Board or assist us in preparing for The Bigger Picture – our Film Festival which will be screened across Manchester venues during March 2015.

In particular we are seeking board members who can offer skills, time and a passion for raising consciousness of social and environmental issues through the medium of film. Additionally, we would like to attract people with fund-raising and accounting skills & experience (initially unpaid until funding is successful). Familiarity with co-operative organisations desirable but not essential.

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(July 2013 pedal-powered screening of Bag It at Plattfields Boathouse)

We hope you have enjoyed attending some of Manchester Film Co-op’s screenings from September 2012 after the organising group was reformed – the incorporate 2 previous members – in the summer of that year. Hopefully you will agree that we have screened a lot of high quality, thought -provoking films, involved you in engaging discussions on very topical big themes, at a range of exciting venues over the last couple of years.

A couple of the key movers and shakers in our organising group have had to move on in recent months. In anticipation of curating and coordinating a very networked, modular style Film Festival, MFC are now ready to get organised in a more formalised way. We plan to meet before 13 August with candidates who are successful in putting themselves forward. To signal your interest, please send an email including at minimum a paragraph about your self and background ASAP to: Sarah Redman – sahara6363@ntlworld.com

With thanks & best wishes
Manchester Film Co-op

gmo omg posterManchester Film Co-op, in association with GM Free GM and Ethical Consumer, presents the UK Northern Première of GMO OMG, a film by Jeremy Seifert, taking place as part of the Levenshulme Food and Drink Festival.

GMO OMG director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? And perhaps the ultimate question, which Seifert tests himself: is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place, or have we lost something we can’t gain back? These and other questions take Seifert on a journey from his family’s table to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and the lobby of agra-giant Monsanto, from which he is unceremoniously ejected. Along the way we gain insight into a question that is of growing concern to citizens the world over: what’s on your plate?

 

Date: Tuesday 24th June 2014

Time: Screening to begin at 8pm prompt.

Admission: £3 waged, £2 unwaged/student.

Venue: Levenshulme Inspire Cafe, 747 Stockport Rd, Manchester, M19 3AR

 

Manchester Film Co-op would like to invite you to our screening of ‘Blood In The Mobile’ by Frank Poulsen, Winner of Berlin’s Cinema for Peace Award for Justice in 2011.

Blood In The MobileThe documentary Blood in the Mobile shows the connection between our phones and the civil war in the Congo. Director Frank Poulsen travels to Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to see the illegal mining industry with his own eyes. He gets access to Congo’s largest tin-mine, which is being controlled by different armed groups, and where children work for days in narrow mine tunnels to dig out the minerals that end up in our phones.

Most of the minerals used to produce cell phones are coming from the mines in DR Congo. The Western World is buying these “conflict minerals” and thereby financing a civil war that, according to human rights organisations, has been the bloodiest conflict since World War II. During the last 15 years the conflict has cost the lives of more than 5 million people and 300.000 women have been raped. The war will continue as long as armed groups can finance their warfare by selling minerals. Blood in Mobile is a film about our personal responsibility and corporate social responsibility for the conflict in the Congo.

 

Time: Screening to begin at 8pm prompt.

Admission: £3 waged, £2 unwaged/student.

Venue: Levenshulme Inspire Cafe, 747 Stockport Rd, Manchester, M19 3AR

Optional RSVP: Facebook.