More than HoneyManchester Film Co-operative – in association with Manchester Friends of the Earth – would like to invite you to a screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary film, More Than Honey.

Over the past 15 years, numerous colonies of bees have been decimated throughout the world, but the causes of this disaster remain unknown. Depending on the world region, 50% to 90% of all local bees have disappeared, and this epidemic is still spreading from beehive to beehive – all over the planet. Everywhere, the same scenario is repeated: billions of bees leave their hives, never to return. No bodies are found in the immediate surroundings, and no visible predators can be located.

In the US, the latest estimates suggest that a total of 1.5 million (out of 2.4 million total beehives) have disappeared across 27 states. In Germany, according to the national beekeepers association, one fourth of all colonies have been destroyed, with losses reaching up to 80% on some farms. The same phenomenon has been observed in Switzerland, France, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Austria, Poland and England, where this syndrome has been nicknamed “the Mary Celeste Phenomenon”, after a ship whose crew vanished in 1872.

Scientists have found a name for the phenomenon that matches its scale, “colony collapse disorder,” and they have good reason to be worried: 80% of plant species require bees to be pollinated. Without bees, there is no pollinization, and fruits and vegetables could disappear from the face of the Earth. Apis mellifera (the honey bee), which appeared on Earth 60 million years before man and is as indispensable to the economy as it is to man’s survival.

Should we blame pesticides or even medication used to combat them? Maybe look at parasites such as varroa mites? New viruses? Travelling stress? The multiplication of electromagnetic waves disturbing the magnetite nanoparticles found in the bees’ abdomen? So far, it looks like a combination of all these agents has been responsible for the weakening of the bees’ immune defenses.

 

Time: Screening to begin at 7pm.

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

Venue: On the Eighth Day Cafe, Oxford Road, Manchester.

Optional RSVP: Facebook (soon).

 

DirtyWarsManchester Film Co-operative would like to invite you to a screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary film, Dirty Wars.

The film follows investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill, author of the international bestseller Blackwater, into the heart of America’s covert wars, from Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia and beyond.

Part political thriller and part detective story, Dirty Wars is a gripping journey into one of the most important and underreported stories of our time. What begins as a report into a U.S. night raid gone terribly wrong in a remote corner of Afghanistan quickly turns into a global investigation of the secretive and powerful Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).

As Scahill digs deeper into the activities of JSOC, he is pulled into a world of covert operations unknown to the public and carried out across the globe by men who do not exist on paper and will never appear before Congress. In military jargon, JSOC teams “find, fix, and finish” their targets, who are selected through a secret process. No target is off limits for the “kill list,” including U.S. citizens.

Drawn into the stories and lives of the people he meets along the way, Scahill is forced to confront the painful consequences of a war spinning out of control, as well as his own role as a journalist.

Time: Doors open at 7:30pm.

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

Venue: On the Eighth Day Cafe, Oxford Road, Manchester.

Optional RSVP: Facebook.

 

Gasland IIManchester Film Co-op would like to invite you to our first screening of 2014, the environmental documentary film ‘Gasland Part 2′.

In this explosive follow-up to his Oscar®-nominated film GASLAND, filmmaker Josh Fox uses his trademark dark humor to take a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now occurring on a global level (in 32 countries worldwide).

GASLAND PART II, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important environmental issues facing our nation today. The film argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth’s climate with the potent greenhouse gas, methane. In addition the film looks at how the powerful oil and gas industries are in Fox’s words “contaminating our democracy”.

 


Date:
Tuesday, 28th of January.

Time: Doors at 7pm, the film to begin at 7:30pm.

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

Venue: Eccles Friends Meeting House, Wellington Road, Eccles, Manchester, M30 0DS

Optional RSVP: Facebook (soon).

WWJBManchester Film Co-op would like to invite you to our Christmas-themed screening of the hilarious documentary film ‘What Would Jesus Buy?”.

What Would Jesus Buy?, produced by Morgan Spurlock (Super-Size Me!, 30 Days) and directed by Rob Van Alkemade, features Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping on a cross-country, holiday revival tour as they exorcise chain store cash registers and discuss the “Stop Shopping Gospel” with families suffering from the Shopocalypse.

The film takes the viewer into the homes of families as they max out their credit cards to live up to the Consumer Ideal of Christmas, while also telling personal stories from those who remember the holidays as a simpler, less commercial, and more joyful time. Interviews with labor rights experts, historians, and spiritual leaders reveal how the consumerization of the holiday season over time taught Americans they can only show love for their children by purchasing toys made by other children in overseas sweatshops.

“The earth has text-messaged us by way of glaciers and tornadoes and – common sense! – we’ve got to get a handle on this Consumerism. Our great ritual of giving to loved ones, Christmas, must be wrested away from the retail Santa and returned to real giving. There is the unforgettable research about the marketing to children, the “Valley of the Shadow of Debt,” the increasing invasion and destruction of our neighbourhoods by malls and big box stores… But there is something beyond the issues. There is a feeling that we want to be humans in that fascinating thing called Community. “What Would Jesus Buy?” is a very good question.“What Will YOU Buy?” is the next one. Change-a-lujah!”
– Rev Billy


Date:
Monday, 16th of December.

Time: Doors at 7.45pm, the film to begin at 8pm.

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

Venue: The Kings Arms, Bloom Street, Salford.

Optional RSVP: Facebook (soon).