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 18 September 2014
Where Should the Birds Fly?
Fida Qishta | Palestine, 2012 | 58 mins | Arabic with English subtitles

Screening as part of the Tottenham Palestine Literature Festival
We will also be screening a short film about the tunnels in Gaza
Food and drinks provided by Haringey Justice for Palestinians

This recent documentary directed and narrated by Fida Qishta, begins with chilling footage of Israeli bulldozers destroying houses in Rafah in 2004. Qishta, a native of Rafah, the city in the south of the Gaza Strip, watched her parents’ house of 30 years crumble under the bulldozers. As it was destroyed, her father told her and her family to leave and keep walking. “He feared if our eyes took in the sight, our hearts would be filled with hate,” Qishta says.

This highly acclaimed documentary is the heartbreaking account of the continuing injustices that many Palestinians face on a daily basis in Gaza. Quishta uses the simple techniques of footage, straightforward filming and interviews to tell her story and to illuminate the endless brutality to which the people of Gaza are subjected by the Israelis.

It is, without doubt, a must see.

“This moving documentary provides incontrovertible proof of human rights violations, war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the IDF against Gaza in 2008-09…essential viewing for anyone wishing to understand what Israel is doing to Gaza and the effects of Israeli occupation on Palestinians everywhere.”
Terri Ginsberg, PhD film scholar, co-author of Historical Dictionary of Middle Eastern Cinema

Thursday 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.

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.