Daily Archives: December 10, 2010

Sunday film at GOMA – A River Called Titas

You might be interested in this film at GOMA this Sunday 11 Dec 2010 (free entry)

Titas Ekti Nadir Naam (A River Called Titas) 1973 Ages 18+

Based on a celebrated Bengali novel, this film is a spare and beautiful portrait of the life and ultimate dissolution of a fishing community on the banks of the river Titash in East Bengal during the 1930s.

Interspersed within its lyrical recording of the rhythms and rituals of the community is the tale of a couple separated by a kidnapping.

The wife escapes her captors and finds shelter with the fisherfolk while her husband goes mad with grief.

For Ghatak, whose childhood and early youth were spent in East Bengal, the film confirms the inevitability of change and the terrible cyclical power of loss and resurrection. — Harvard Film Archive

The money-lenders destroy the lives of villagers in this beautiful country of flooding rains and hard working people.

Contact: Sun 12 Dec 2.30pm / Cinema A

35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, STEREO, 123 MINUTES, INDIA-BANGLADESH, BENGALI (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: RITWIK GHATAK / PRODUCER: HABIBUR RAHMAN KHAN / SCRIPT: ADVAITA MALLA BURMAN, RITWIK GHATAK / CINEMATOGRAPHER: BABY ISLAM / MUSIC: USTAD BAHADUR KHAN / EDITOR: BASHEER HUSSAIN / CAST: KABARI CHOUDHURY, ROUSHAN JAMIL, PROBIR MITRA, RITWIK GHATAK, RAHMAN KHAN / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: WORLD CINEMA FOUNDATION, RITABAN GHATAK/RITWIK MEMORIAL TRUST / SCREENING FORMAT: DIGITAL BETACAM

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I am a middle-aged rail fan – ‘the trains that were murdered’

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“This train don’t carry no con men, this train; This train don’t carry no con men, this train; This train don’t carry no con men, No wheeler dealers, here and gone men, This train don’t carry no con men, this … Continue reading

Ciaron O’Reilly reports from outside Julian Assange’s London court appearance

I had been concerned for Bradley Manning since his original military detention in Iraq and subsequent transfer to isolation at the Quantico Base in Virginia. I became more concerned when I attended a “Stop the War Coalition” (StWC) meeting in Conway Hall/ London promoted as celebrating the recent release of Biritsh military resister Joe Glenton. Coincidently, the evening meeting occured on the day the first Wikileaks occured. Every speaker celebrated the Wikileaks and no metion of the guy who was banged up for it!.

It further distressed me to learn that the FBI had arrived at a terraced house in Haverford-west/ Wales to harrass Bradley Manning Welsh Catholic mother Susan……..
……..”Susan Manning’s sister, Sharon Staples has described how “these guys in dark suits” – who she took to be FBI officers questioned her sister who has been in and out of hospital after a series of strokes” (Guardian Dec 1st. 2010)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/30/wikileaks-c…nning

Please write letters of support to Bradley:
Bradley Manning
c/o Courage to Resist
484 Lake Park Ave. #41
Oakland, CA 94610
USA

Yesterday (Dec 7th. 1010), I was part of a Catholic Worker/ Plowshares vigil at the U.S. embassy in London in solidarity with five of our people on their first day of trial in Tacoma, Washington USA for a plowshares action at the Trident Nuclear Submarine base.
http://www.indymedia.ie/article/98387

During the freezing 11 am – 1 pm vigil, I received a text that Julian Assange had appeared at a police station. I discovered that Assange hoped to appear voluntarily and be awarded bail conditions.

I got some general directions, dumped my excess anti-Trident related placards on Dan and ran off to Bond St. tube, I finally found Hoseferry Rd. and sprinted up toward the court entrance. There were 80+ folks crammed in a circle around the entrance.

So I caught my breath, licked my lips and started street speaking – a skill well honed in the Brisbane Mall free speech campaign of the early ’80’s.

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