For this one off screening, we are lucky to have the director of this new documentary about the Zapatistas, Nicolas Défossé, over from France for a special screening of Viva Mexico! This is a collaborative screening with Manchester Zapatista Solidarity Group

City of Los Angeles, USA. In the heart of the city, undocumented Mexican immigrants are hunted by the police and struggle to earn a living without losing their identity.

On the other side of the border, in the mountains of southeastern Mexico, dawn arrives, hidden in mist. It is January 1st, 2006; thousands of indigenous Zapatistas prepare to say farewell to their spokesman Subcomandante Marcos.

His mission: to travel across the country for the next six months to learn from the resistance of Mexican men and women who fight for a better Mexico. A journey that’s meant to reach the other side of the country begins… A journey that dares to “start building the image of the people we really are.”

This challenge is not made without risk. What starts as an isolated murmur grows to become the clamor of hundreds of thousands: Viva Mexico! How will those in power respond?

The films starts at 7.45 and will be followed by discussion with Nicolas Défossé.

Entry to film £3 or £2 for unwaged, low waged, students or OAPs.

An evening of shorts films on policing and portest, built around Undercurrents’ award winning documentary, Breaking News.

The film investigates how the UK police control the national news agenda. Police video surveillance at demonstrations leads to arrests of journalists and, repeatedly, reporters are released without charge once their news deadlines have passed.

Undercurrents recorded incidents of reporters being arrested for filming police misbehaviour – and even for fogretting the PIN on their Press Card! A fantastic documentary, not to be missed.

The films starts at 7.45 and will be followed by discussion.