HIC is a not-for-profit community film club organised and run by Haringey residents. It’s usually held on the last Thursday of the month at Park View School (formerly West Green Learning Centre) on West Green Road. Doors open at 7pm. Everyone welcome!
2016 marks the 10th anniversary of Haringey Independent Cinema. We’ve been showing hard hitting, inspiring and thought provoking films since January 2006. What could we do to celebrate our 10 years of existence? Jokingly someone said, ‘why don’t you show some repeats?’, and our thoughts turned to those early days. So for the next three months we’ll be revisiting the films we showed on those very first film nights. Kicking off in April with McLibel, followed by The Battle of Algiers in May and In This World in June. All three are still as powerful and relevant as when we first showed them 10 years ago. What better way to celebrate our anniversary?
Thursday 26 May 2016 at 7.00pm
The Battle of Algiers
Gillo Pontecorvo | Italy/Algeria, 1966 | 120 mins | Rated 15
Director Gillo Pontecorvo, once a leader in the underground resistance movement against Italian fascism, effectively recreates the pivotal events that took place in the city of Algiers. There, in an attempt to end French colonialism, the Algerian National Liberation Front (FLN) began a war for independence. In response to the escalating violence, the French government sent in paratroopers to crush the uprising with lethal force. Atrocities were committed by both sides.
Shot documentary-style, in grainy, newsreel quality, the film’s remarkable authenticity portrays an unbiased view of the conflict and is an extremely powerful, deeply moving and often shocking cinematic experience. As indicated by a Pentagon screening, the flyer for which declared, ‘How to win a battle against terrorism and lose the war of ideas’, The Battle of Algiers speaks volumes in today’s global political climate characterised by uncertainty.
Thursday 30 June 2016 at 7.00pm
In This World
Michael Winterbottom | UK, 2002 | 88 mins | Rated 15
Travelling through Iran, Turkey, Italy, and France, Jamal and and his cousin Enayatullah embark on a desperate journey to freedom. Short on money, lacking proper papers, and forced to travel in trucks and shipping containers, the boys find themselves at the mercy of the people-smugglers who make their living out of others’ misery.
Shot on digital video, In This World is styled as a fictional documentary, using voiceover narration and real refugees and locations (including the infamous Sangatte camp). The mainly improvised script creates a powerful piece of guerrilla filmmaking.
With a striking sense of the psychological effects of displacement and loss that these boys suffer, In This World challenges knee-jerk reactions to the asylum debate by questioning the neat distinctions between economic migrants and political refugees.