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Alborada Films bring a double-bill of documentary films exploring the relationship between Latin America and Palestine; and culture, politics and solidarity. Both screenings will be followed by in-person Q&As with the film’s directors and guests.

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Film Session 1: Doors: 5.30pm/ Start: 6.30pm / finish 7.45pm

> A 15 minute excerpt from the documentary Palestine: Stolen Images, about the secret history of the links between the national liberation movements in Palestine and Latin America.

***The film’s director Rodrigo Vazquez will introduce the excerpt and take part in a 15 minute in person Q&A after the excerpt.***

> Filmmaker Angela Martin will present a preview screening of her new short documentary ‘Walking and Singing with Issa Amro’. Running time around 15 minutes.

In October 2022, Sheffield’s Tadhamon Singers (solidarity in English) did a singing and learning tour of the West Bank. Besides arranged performances, we also sang on the street, in cafes, on roof terraces – in Arabic as well as in English – and we were particularly encouraged by Issa, an internationally known human rights defender, to sing our solidarity/tadhamon loudly, in Hebron.

***Angela will introduce the films and take part in a 15 minute in person Q&A after the film.***

> A 10 minute online Q&A with Huda Ammori, co-founder of Palestine Action, who will speak about the organisation’s direct action in solidarity with Palestine. We will be collecting money for Palestine Action on the night.

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Film Session 2: Doors: 8pm / Start: 8.15pm / finish 9.30pm

Documentary Screening + Q&A

Fragments of a Dream (25 mins, Directors: Pablo Navarrete & Teilo Vellacott, 2023)

Since 2005 a group of people around the town of Machynlleth situated in the Dyfi Valley of Mid Wales have come together to produce El Sueño Existe (The Dream Live On), a festival of politics and culture. The roots of their inspiration come from Victor Jara, a visionary musician and theatre director who was part of the New Song movement in Salvador Allende’s Chile. Jara was murdered by the Pinochet dictatorship that violently overthrew Allende in a September 11th 1973 coup.

Fragments of a Dream journeys to the festival to spend time with the artists, academic, activists and others, such as Jeremy Corbyn, who have taken inspiration from a faraway place and come together to celebrate their quest for a better world for everyone.

***Film starts at 8.15pm and will be followed by an in-person Q&A with the film’s directors and guests from the film, Jimena Pardo (Bordando por la Memoria) and Tony Corden (El Sueño Existe Festival). Before closing the Q&A, Tony will be joined by Polly Henderson (who also features in the film) to perform two songs inspired by Victor Jara. Their duo is called Pagan Teapot.***

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Following the films and Q&As there be a social (9.30-11pm/Free entry) featuring Alborada Sound System DJs.

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Event supported by Alborada, Movimientos, Chile 50 Years UK and Mydylarama.

All Q&As will be chaired by Abla Kandalaft (Mydylarama)

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Abla Kandalaft is a journalist and film programmer. She co-produced Alternative Cinema on BBC Arabic, edits and hosts screenings through Mydylarama, which has a remit of promoting films and docs from underrepresented groups. She currently works at The Garden Cinema, hosting discussions and podcasts. She’s on the board of the Independent Media Association.

Angela Martin is an independent filmmaker following a career of film/video editing and teaching film and media production at Sheffield Hallam University.

Rodrigo Vazquez is an Argentinian filmmaker. As a freelance producer / director / cameraman he has worked in war zones from Central America to the Middle East. His work has been nominated for Royal Television Society Awards and obtained the prestigious Rory Peck Award for Features in 2003.  His work in cinema includes the 90-minute documentary film ‘Condor: Axis of Evil‘ which premiered at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, was nominated by dozens of film festivals around the world and had a cinema release in France and UK.

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