Libertarias_Movie_PosterManchester Film Co-operative would like to invite you to a screening of the Spanish historical drama Libertarias.

Set in 1936, Maria, a young nun is recruited by Pilar, a militant feminist, into an anarchist militia following the onset of the Spanish Civil War. Guided by the older woman, Maria is exposed to the realities of war and revolution, and comes to question her former, sheltered life. While fully immersed in the overall enthusiasm of revolutionary Spain, Pilar and friends find themselves fighting against deep gender inequality which complicates their efforts in the war against Francisco Franco’s Nationalist/Fascist/Catholic forces.

Time Out said that the film “deserves praise for its feminist perspective on the course of the 1936-7 revolution, when women’s liberation was a logical, if hardly well-recognised, constituent of the libertarian ideals that the Spanish working class rose up to assert.”

Date: Monday, 30th of September.

Time: Doors at 7.30pm, the film to begin at 7:45pm.

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

Venue: The Kings Arms, Bloom Street, Salford.

Optional RSVP: Facebook.

Bag-It-webManchester Film Co-operative, in collaboration with PoWWow Pedal Power, Envirolution and On The Eighth Day Cafe would like to invite you to a special (pedal-powered!) screening of the documentary film Bag It.

Americans use 60,000 plastic bags every five minutes – single-use disposable bags that we mindlessly throw away. But where is “away?” Where do the bags and other plastics end up, and at what cost to our environment, marine life and human health? Bag It follows “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he navigates our plastic world.

Jeb is not a radical environmentalist, but an average American who decides to take a closer look at our cultural love affair with plastics. Jeb’s journey in this documentary film starts with simple questions: Are plastic bags really necessary? What are plastic bags made from? What happens to plastic bags after they are discarded? Jeb looks beyond plastic bags and discovers that virtually everything in modern society-from baby bottles, to sports equipment, to dental sealants, to personal care products-is made with plastic or contains potentially harmful chemical additives used in the plastic-making process. When Jeb’s journey takes a personal twist, we see how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up with us and what we can do about it.

This film is being shown as part of the Manchester Bag It Campaign.

Date: Friday, 26th of July.

Time: BBQ and short films from 8pm, the film starts at 9pm.

Venue: The Boathouse, Platt Fields Park, Manchester, M14 6LA.

Optional RSVP: Facebook.

Food-incManchester Film Co-operative, in collaboration with Trauma at MMU and FoodCycle Manchester, would like to invite you to a screening of documentary film Food, Inc.

In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on America’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from consumers with the consent of regulatory agencies. Our food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.

Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield’s Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms’ Joel Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising—and often shocking truths—about what we eat, how it’s produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.

This screening is a satellite event of Manchester Feeding the 5000.

Date: Tuesday, 18th of June.

Time: Doors open at 6.30pm, the film starts at 7pm.

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

Venue: New Business School G.36 – Lecture Theatre 3 (All Saints Campus).

Optional RSVP: Facebook.