Manchester Film Co-operative and HomeMCR would like to invite you to a screening of the documentary film A Minority Pastime, narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart.

On 18 February 2005, the Hunting Act came into enforcement – fox hunting was now illegal. Yet, Denise Ward (writer and producer) and other ordinary people who live in the apparently tranquil and idyllic countryside continue to find their lives barbarically disturbed and shattered by hounds in a frenzied chase of wild animals. A Minority Pastime is an on-the-ground documentary following the daily encounters between Hunts Masters, their groups and viewers, and those others who have something to say – countryside residents, hunt saboteurs and monitor groups. Denise’s investigations reveal an untold story behind this great British tradition, and raise poignant questions about the morality and, indeed, legality of this minority pastime.



Date: Tuesday 27th September.

Time: Doors open at 18:10.

Venue: HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN

Tickets: can be purchased from the HomeMCR website here.

Mietrebellen-Rent-Rebels-WebbIn association with Greater Manchester Housing Action, Manchester Film Co-op presents RENT REBELS – A documentary by Gertrud Schulte Westenberg & Matthias Coers

This screening & discussion will outline housing struggles and explore solutions. GMHA is a new coalition seeking to tackle the housing crisis in Greater Manchester. They will outline their campaigns on: Social housing * Renters’ rights * Homelessness & empty homes * Co-ops & co-housing

In recent years Germany’s capital has been changing fast. Flats that once were unattractive are now being exploited as financial investments, leading to massive rent hikes and the transfer of rental flats to owner-occupation. Visible tenant protests are a reaction to the growing shortage of affordable housing. This 78m documentary presents a kaleidoscope of the struggles of Berlin’s tenants against displacement from their neighbourhoods. Ranging from the occupation of Berlin’s Town Hall to a roadside protest camp, eviction resistance and the struggle of senior citizens for their community centre, a new urban protest movement is on the rise.

Housing inequality mirrors inequality in UK society also. Last year, rough sleeping rose by 30% and the number of households in temporary accommodation rose by 12%. Meanwhile house prices rose by 7.9% to a national average of £262,000. The gulf is widening and our most vulnerable are falling through the cracks. Greater Manchester Housing Action (GMHA) is a new campaigning coalition seeking to tackle the housing crisis in Greater Manchester through radical and alternative solutions. We want to pressure local and national government to change policies on social housing, and also look at ways in which people can work together to meet their own housing needs, through models such as co-operatives. Againt the odds, we want to ensure that the provision of decent, affordable housing is a fundamental element of the GM Devoluton deal.
At this screening event GMHA members will introduce their 4 areas of activism:

  • Social housing
  • Private renters’ rights
  • Homelessness/empty homes
  • Co-ops and co-housing solutions


Date: Monday 18th July.

Doors: Doors at 19:00.

Venue: Partisan Collective, 3space, Mount Street, Manchester M2 3NN

Cost: Solidarity(optional) £7, Regular £5, Student/Low Waged £3, Unwaged – Donation


Recipes-of-Resistance-WebManchester Film Co-operative and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign would like to invite you to Recipes of Resistance – An Evening of Palestinian Food Film & Solidarity.

This fundraising event shall include the screening of a number of current documentary films on the Palestinian predicament, a cookery demonstration of Hummus & Fattoush followed & communal offering of Palestinian Food. 2 members of Manchester PSC will lead a Q&A session. Funds will also be raised through the sale of DVDs, Palestinian craft and produce. Any takings (after costs) from this fundraising event shall be donated to the PSC.

“Resistance Recipes”  – Official Selection at LONDON PALESTINE FILM FESTIVAL, BRISTOL PALESTINE FILM FESTIVAL, TORONTO PALESTINE FILM FESTIVAL and SHEFFIELD DOC VIDEOTHEQUE – is a 30-minute film (2013) by Dáša Raimanová, a London-based freelance filmmaker originating from Slovakia. Dasa graduated with a BA in Film, Video and Interactive Arts from Middlesex University. Her work explores socio-political topics, generally focussing on the stories of strong women. Her interest is in ordinary people with extra ordinary lives.

“Resistance Recipes” is a short documentary film about sustainable agriculture in the West Bank.  Cuisine has long been a meeting ground for passion and politics in the case of Palestine. Resistance Recipes is a documentary composed of several stories examining culinary and agricultural projects inspired by resistance. Personal and political insights accompany an account of independent eco-farming, a look at a women’s farming and marketing cooperative, and includes a discussion of a buy-local initiative.


The screening of this film is part of a simultaneous screening event organised by Glasgow-based Camcorder Guerrillas & The Radical Film Network’s 2016 Unconference. The aim of this UK-wide “simultaneous screening” event is to generate awareness and solidarity for Palestinian farmers and food producers in the ongoing Middle East conflict, as well as providing an opportunity to further develop the network of groups and organisations keen to use film as a tool to develop awareness and grow community cohesion around important social justice issues. As part of this “simultaneous screening” event , ten other screenings of Resistance Recipes have taken place at Liverpool Radical Film Festival, STEAM in Wigan, P21 Gallery in London, Lush – Oxford Street, London, DeCentre – London, Oban Community Cinema – Argyll, GreenCity – Glasgow, The Stove Network – Dumfries, Velocity Cafe – Inverness, Medway Palestinian Support Group – Medway. Other film screenings include: 2 poems by Ratif Ziadah, “Jameela’s Kitchen”(10m), footage of the current conditions for Palestinian women and Children in the West Bank & Gaza.

The evening will end with a public Q&A led by Linda Clair and Norma Turner who are active members of Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign; the Boycott Israel Network and Northern Women for Palestine.


Date: Saturday 11th June.

Doors: Doors at 19:00.

Entry: Solidarity (optional) £7, Regular £5, Cyclist, £4. Student/low wage £3, Unwaged: donation.

Pre-book: Tickets can also be purchased online here.

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