Welcome to Haringey Independent Cinema

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 West Green Learning Centre on West Green Road. Doors open at 7pm. Everyone welcome!

next-film-redThursday 30 October 2014
Fruitvale Station
Ryan Coogler | USA, 2013 | 85 mins | Cert. 15
Plus short film BURN including Q&A with director

It is hard to do justice in words to the cinematic, emotional and political experience that is Fruitvale Station. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and the Best First Film Award at Cannes the same year, this is a film which, for all its massive and widespread acclaim, has not been seen by nearly enough people. This is unfortunate, given the fact that we are still living in a society in which events such as the ones depicted in the film – the unprovoked state-sanctioned murder of young, working-class black men and women – is a regular (and seemingly unpunishable) occurrence.

Director Ryan Coogler charts, in alternately funny, moving and shocking detail, the last day on the planet of Oscar Grant (played by Wire star Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old son, friend, partner and father of one little girl, who was shot dead, unarmed, by subway police at Fruitvale Station in Oakland, California in the early hours of New Year’s Day 2009. The film reveals him as an ordinarily flawed and complex human being, and skilfully draws the audience into the ups and downs of his difficult but ultimately love-filled life, even as we know that by the end of the film he will be dead.

Burn
Ken Fero | UK, 2014 | 30 mins

In August 2011 Britain was on fire – but what was the spark that led to the crisis? When Mark Duggan was shot by the police, the scene was clearly set for a confrontation, but it was not the first time. Including Q&A with director Ken Fero and Graeme Burke, son of Joy Gardner.


Thursday 27 November 2014
Stroszek
Werner Herzog | USA, 1977 | 103 mins | Cert. 15

This fascinating portrayal of alienation in an increasingly hostile world is on many film critics ‘must see’ lists.  Herzog skillfully depicts the pathos of everyday survival in this brilliant tragicomedy, which is enhanced by the casting of mainly local people.

After Bruno Stroszek (Bruno S.), a Berlin street performer, is released from prison he befriends Eva (Eva Mattes), a prostitute down on her luck. Bruno, who is living back in his old apartment in the slums of Berlin, asks Eva to move in with him. The two misfits are regularly harassed and humiliated by Eva’s former pimps, so they decide to leave Germany with Bruno’s eccentric elderly neighbour Scheitz (Clemens Scheitz), in a move to Wisconsin. Instead of finding the American Dream the trio encounters life in the ‘bleak flatlands of poor white America’ where their stories unfold.

Herzog was inspired by the personal history of Bruno S. who was the son of a prostitute. As a result of suffering severe physical abuse Bruno S. was placed in a mental institution at the age of three until he was twenty-six. However, Herzog did not consider him to be mentally ill; it was more that the blows and indifference of life had shaped him into an extremely vulnerable individual; someone who always expected the worst to happen.

This bleakly funny film is an example of extraordinary seventies German filmmaking, that must have the most bizarre ending in cinema history. Mesmerising!