Bad Weather (Followed By Q&A with the Director)

Director Giovanni Giommi| Italy | 2011 | 83’

Information – Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2013. Opening times: 6.30pm. Venue: Italian Cultural Institute. Organised by: ICI

39 Belgrave Square,  London SW1X 8NX, tel: 020 7235 1461 fax: 020 7235 461. Free event book online

BAD WEATHER tells the story of Banishanta Island. It is made up of a community of sex workers. Living on a tiny sliver of land 100 meters long and only ten meters wide in the Bay of Bengal, south Bangladesh, this community survives at the frontline of climate change. The rising river, soil erosion and frequent cyclones are slowly destroying what is left of the island. Razia, Khadija and Shefali, three of the last 65 women left living there, are in a battle for their homes, the future of their families, and even their quest for true love. As they strive to hold onto their livelihood, time is running out. Soon the whole of Banishanta will be totally submerged under water, making it one of the first real casualties of the shifting global environment. Continue reading

DocHouse: Our Nixon + Q&A

Dir. Penny Lane / USA – 2013 – 85 mins

Thursday 19th September, 2013 at 6:30pm / ICA The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH

£10 (£8 conc/£7 ICA members)

Throughout Richard Nixon’s presidency, three of his top White House aides obsessively documented their experiences with Super 8 cameras. Young, idealistic and dedicated, H.R. ‘Bob’ Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and Dwight Chapin had no idea that a few years later they’d all be in prison.

Their home movies of the president, over 500 reels, were seized by the FBI during the Watergate investigation, then filed away and forgotten for almost 40 years.

Piecing together this Super 8 treasure trove with other archival TV interviews and audio recordings from the original Watergate tapes, director Penny Lane has created an extraordinary, intimate and revealing record of the Nixon era. Continue reading

The Stuart Hall Project

Directed by John Akomfrah, Running time 103 min, UK 2013

Highly acclaimed at this year’s Sundance and Sheffield Documentary festivals, the new film from award-winning documentarian John Akomfrah (The Nine Muses) is a sensitive, emotionally charged portrait of cultural theorist Stuart Hall.

A founding figure of contemporary cultural studies – and one of the most inspiring voices of the post-war Left – Stuart Hall’s resounding and ongoing influence on British intellectual life commenced soon after he emigrated from Jamaica in 1951. Combining extensive archival imagery – television excerpts, home movies, family photos – with specially filmed material and a personally mixed Miles Davis soundtrack, Akomfrah’s filmmaking approach matches the agility of Hall’s intellect, its intimate play with memory, identity and scholarly impulse traversing the changing historical landscape of the second half of the 20th century. Continue reading