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Film night Weds 24 Jan New Cross

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Jason Cortez
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Jan 11 2007 00:16
Film night Weds 24 Jan New Cross

MATEWAN
a film by John Sayles

It was 1920 in the Mingo County, West Virginia coal fields, and, as the narrator recalls, "things were tough". In response to efforts by the miners struggling to organize in the United Mine Workers union, the Stone Mountain Coal Company announces it will cut the miners pay, and imports scabs into the town to replace those who join the union. The workers are up against a ruthless company who own most of their homes and when fired they are evicted by hired gun thugs. The new workers are blacks and Italians who receive a racist reception upon arrival. Union activist and ex-Wobbly Joe Kenehan, sent to help organize the union, determines to bring the locals, Blacks, and Italian groups together to fight for lives of dignity and respect.
Sayles' marvelously gripping movie never compromises its political content in its deployment, or up-ending, of Western conventions. It possesses a mythic clarity, yet there's also a welcome complexity at work, in the vivid characterisations and the unsentimental celebration of community and collective action. The result is witty, astute, and finally very moving.
Based on an actual incident; the characters of Sid Hatfield, Cabell Testerman, C. E. Lively, and Few Clothes Johnson are based on real people.

Wednesday 24th January 2007 at 7.30 for food, 8.00pm for film.
Only £4 including delicious veggie food at The Café Crema
306 New Cross Rd SE14
Bus: 53, 453, 177, 225,171, 172,136, 321,
Train and Tube: New Cross or New Cross Gate, DLR Deptford Bridge (10 min walk)

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Jan 11 2007 00:45

Jaaaaaason

This is actually on the 24th.. (see my t'other post in the London forum...)

Jason Cortez
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Jan 11 2007 01:16

shit i am crap :opps:

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Jan 11 2007 01:32
Jason Cortez wrote:
shit i am crap :opps:

Mebbe.. tongue but.. honest also.. cool

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Jan 11 2007 10:00

thanks to admins for amending the date. cool