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In The National Interest and The Journey/ Rarely Seen.

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  • Anjalika
    Dear All, It is a great pleasure to be screening Penny Stempel s In The National Interest and Peter Watkin s rarely seen epic film The Journey over the next
    Message 1 of 1 , May 15, 2013
      Dear All, 

      It is a great pleasure to be screening Penny Stempel's In The National Interest  and Peter Watkin's rarely seen epic film The Journey over the next four days with our collaborating colleagues and institutions. Please scroll down for all the details on the screenings, and we look forward to seeing you. Please may I remind that bookings are essential. 

      all bests Anjali

      Penny Stempel: In The National Interest?at Iniva, London
      Thursday 16 May 2013, 6.30pm

      In The National Interest? (1986). Film still. Courtesy and copyright Penny Stempel

      The Otolith Collective and Iniva are pleased to present the film In The National Interest? (1986), co-directed by Penny Stempel

      At Iniva, Rivington Place, London EC2A 3BA

      Thursday 16 May 2013,6.30pm-8.30pm. 
      £7 / £5 concessions

      As part of the Keywords exhibition and programmed by The Otolith Collective, this Militant Image event features Penny Stempel's rarely screened film In the National Interest? (1986). This presentation is followed by a discussion between Penny Stempel and Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar of The Otolith Collective.  
      Co-directed by Chris Rushton, In the National Interest? looks at those sections of British society targeted by the government, the judicial system and the police in the name of the national interest. The film assesses the legitimation crisis of the British state by exploring the connections between trade union struggles, racial attacks and processes of criminalisation. 

      In the National Interest? was produced by Cardiff based Chapter Video Workshop, co-founded by Stempel and Rushton in a unique and unprecedented association with several independent film and video workshops including ABSC Film and Video, Activision Studios, Albany Video, Another View, Belfast Independent Video, Biased Tapes, Black Audio Film Collective, Derry Film & Video Collective, Faction Films, Films at Work,Open Eye, Sankofa, Sheffield Asian Film and Video,  Trade Films, TUTV and Women in Sync.
      The discussion will explore the complex and controversial production history of In the National Interest?, the formation of the workshop movement in 1980s Britain, the struggles of the workshops to invent a new language for television, the role played by the Independent Film and Television Department at Channel 4 and the legacies of oppositional film in Britain in the present.   
      This special screening is part of an ongoing programme in which The Otolith Collective investigates radical film practice in association with INIVA and the support of the Department of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London
      Book on-line here.
      Enquiries: call 020 7749 1240 or email bookings@....
      Concessions: students, over 60s, unemployed, enter the code: Iniva_concession on the Eventbrite page.
      Please print out your ticket (and present proof of concession) when you arrive at Rivington Place.

      By train - take the Northern Line to Old Street or the Central Line to Liverpool Street or the Overground Line to Shoreditch High Street.
      By bus - there are a number of buses that travel close to Rivington Place including the 43, 48, 55, 205, 241 and 271.

      Peter Watkins: The Journeyat Tate Modern, London
      Friday 17 May - Sunday 19 May 2013

      Peter Watkins, The Journey, 1987 (film Still). Courtesy and copyright the artist.
      16mm, 870 minutes 

      The Otolith Collective and Tate Film present Peter Watkins's The Journey (1987). Introduced by The Otolith Collective, with guest speakers and audience discussion after each screening. 

      Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
      Friday 17 May 2013, 6.00pm – 10.00pm
      Saturday 18 May 2013, 11.00am – 10.00pm
      Sunday 19 May 2013, 11.00am – 6.00pm

      £10, concessions available
      Only one ticket is needed across all three days of film screenings

      Not screened in London since 2003, this special 3 night screening event, organised by The Otolith Collective and Tate Modern, offers contemporary audiences the unique opportunity to see The Journey (1987), Peter Watkins's seldom seen 14 hour 30 minute masterpiece. 

      Working collaboratively with activist groups from Sweden, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Soviet Union, Mexico, Japan, Scotland, Polynesia, Mozambique, Denmark, France, Norway, West Germany and USA and filmed between 1983 to 1985, The Journey is an astonishing experiment with documentary that expands its powers of polemic, reflexivity, reflection and passion. 

      Support groups debate the peace process, families discuss their fears of nuclear threat and the cost of world hunger, survivors recall the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki while Watkins analyses the role played by mainstream media in normalising conflict. Peter Watkins's vision of a political cinema that emerges from and documents the collaborative process which it analyses, reaches its most elaborated form in The Journey which is structured in 19 intricately edited chapters. The result is an unprecedented cinematic constellation whose inspiration and importance has only increased since its release in 1987.    

      In the wake of the partial meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on 11 March 2011, the critical relevance of The Journey can be neither doubted nor overlooked

      Screening times:
      Friday 17 May 2013
      6.00pm-10.00pm: Chapters 1 - 4

      Saturday 18 May 2013
      11.00am-1.00pm: Chapters 5 - 6
      2.00pm-6.00pm: Chapters 7 - 9
      7.00pm-10.00pm: Chapters 10 - 13

      Sunday 18 May 2013
      11.00am-1.00pm: Chapters 14 - 15
      2.00pm-6.00pm: Chapters 16 - 19

      Book on-line here
      Enquiries: call +44 (0)20 7887 8888, e-mail visiting.modern@...

      By tube: The nearest underground stations are Southwark (Jubilee Line), Blackfrairs (District and Circle Lines), St Pauls (Central Line).
      By bus: Routes 45, 63, 100, 344, 381 and RV1
      By train: The nearest mainline stations are Blackfriars and London Bridge.

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