The Miners’ Strike (1984 — German documentary)

A German-made documentary on the Miners’ Strike of 1984

Miners' Strike, Yorkshire, 1984

Stop The City (1984 – Mick Duffield and Andy Palmer)

Stop The City (29 July 1984)

The Stop the City demonstrations of 1983 and 1984 were described as a ‘Carnival Against War, Oppression and Destruction’, in other words protests against the military-financial complex. Activities that formed part of these events were separate day-long street blockades of the financial district (‘The City’) of London — which supporters of the protest argued are a major centre for profiteering and consequently a root cause of many of the world’s worst problems. One blockade involved 3,000 people, which succeeded in causing a $100m shortfall on the day according to The Times. Around 1,000 arrests were subsequently made by the police over 18 months. The first demo took place on the 29 September 1983 and involved hundreds of protestors, but six months later on 29 June 1984, thousands brought the City to a standstill. This rare documentary by Mick Duffield and Andy Palmer of Crass offers unique footage of the day’s events. Stop the City is widely regarded as being the precursor of modern protest such as the J18 Carnival Against Capitalism in 1999 and the birth of the Anti-Globalisation movement in the 21st century.

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Bastards of Utopia (2009 – Maple Razsa and Pacho Velez)

Three Croatian activists struggle to change the world. As children, they lived through the violent collapse of Yugoslavia. But now, amid the aftershocks of socialism’s failure, they fight in their own way for a new leftism. In the middle of the struggle, a skeptical American is won over by their cause and even goes to jail with them. The activists, whether clashing with police or squatting in an old factory,  risk everything to live their politics. But as the setbacks mount, will they give up the fight?  The film, shot during years of fieldwork with a Croatian anarchist collective, applies EnMasseFilm’s unique blend of observation, direct participation and critical reflection to this misunderstood political movement. Its portrayal of activism is both empathetic and unflinching—an engaged, elegant meditation on the struggle to re-imagine leftist politics and the power of a country’s youth.
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THE ANARCHISTS IN LONDON 1935-1955. A personal memoir by Albert Meltzer eBook £1.50 (see eBookshelf)

The anarchists in London 1935-1955. A personal memoir by Albert Meltzer

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Interview with Octavio Alberola

Octavio Alberola

The Anarchist News Agency recently interviewed  Spanish anarchist activist Octavio Alberola about his life and his role in Defensa Interior, the clandestine planning body responsible for co-ordinating the attempts  on the life of the dictator General Franco in the 1960s, and in the Cuban libertarian movement from the mid-1950s through to the present day.
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