Daily Archives: 2011/03/12

4/30 An Evening of Debate with Some Alleged Members of the Invisible Committee

Saturday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m.

An Evening of Debate with Some Alleged Members of the Invisible Committee

In 2007, in France, a book called The Coming Insurrection was published. Numerous translations followed, spreading some more controversy about the supposed danger of a text that tries to come to grips with the question of revolution. We (some alleged members of The Invisible Committee) think that what is exposed and developed in The Coming Insurrection as well as in Call or the journal Tiqqun has to be considered as a proposition: What is a radical political, strategic, and ethical position at odds with and within the current war? So we, some alleged members of The Invisible Committee, invite anyone willing to debate The Coming Insurrection, Call, and/or Tiqqun.

Some people targeted in the Tarnac case and accused by the French political police of being part of The Invisible Committee will first discuss all of this, and try to expose what, in the French situation, could extend what has previously been said or silenced by The Invisible Committee. They will be joined in this conversation by, first, two Bay Area moderator-respondents, and then by others in the audience.

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4/24 Movie Night, Double Bill: Land and Freedom plus Libertarias

Sunday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Movie Night, Double Bill: Land and Freedom plus Libertarias

Join us for a Spanish Revolution double feature–and popcorn!

Ken Loach’s powerful film Land and Freedom (109 minutes) begins in 1994 with the death of Dave Carne, an octogenarian working-class Liverpudlian, living alone in a tower block, its hallways daubed with National Front and anti-NF graffiti. His granddaughter, a woman in her twenties, opens a case of his mementos that take her back through labor history to the Spanish Civil War. It transpires that the unemployed David (played by Ian Hart), an idealistic member of the Communist Party, made his way to Spain to fight for the Loyalist cause, and (as George Orwell did) found himself serving with a military group attached to POUM, the Marxist revolutionary group, in Barcelona. Loach makes us feel that we are alongside Dave, training with the militia, taking part in battles, and thrilling to the comradeship of fellow volunteers united in opposition to fascism. In Spain in 1937, David has a painful lesson that leads from naivety to maturity without making him a cynic. Yet he retains his belief in the essential decency of working people and their right to control their own destinies, individually and as a community.

Libertarias (121 minutes), written and directed by Vicente Aranda, is a Spanish historical drama made in 1996. In the midst of the Spanish Revolution and Civil War in Barcelona, militia women Pilar (played by Ana Belen) and Floren (Victoria Abril) are joined by former prostitute Charo (Loles Leon) and former nun Maria (Ariadna Gil). The film opens with scenes of working-class militants demolishing and burning religious icons, as they shout “down with Capitalism!” and “long live the libertarian revolution!” While fully immersed in the overall enthusiasm of revolutionary Spain, Pilar and friends find themselves fighting against deep gender inequality, encountering resistance even within their own “Free Women” (Mujeres Libres) organization as one woman (who resembles Federica Montseny) tries to persuade them to stay and work in defense factories, while men try to convince them to go work as cooks, not frontline soldiers.

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