June 18, 2024

Reel News is screened every evening of the festival in the Radical Cinema in our Speaker's Forum Tent. Here's what's playing this year!


7-9 Zoe Broughton: 30 years of Undercurrents

Trailblazing video activist collective Undercurrents is 30 years old this year – and to mark the occasion, founder member Zoe Broughton presents video highlights of the campaigns they have supported during that time, with contributions from activists involved.

Thu 9-11 Zoe Broughton: Action shorts from the past year

Zoe presents a selection of videos of major direct action campaigns over the past year, from Just Stop Oil, to XR Global, to Palestine and many more.


7-9 Gaza Fights For Freedom (Abby Martin, 84mins)

Astonishing film of the 2018-2019 Great March of Return protests in Gaza – which show in shocking detail what has happened in the past when Palestinians have tried to protest peacefully.

9-11 Reel News: Palestine – An unprecedented movement explodes onto the streets

The horror at the genocide in Gaza has given rise to a mass movement on the streets unprecedented in its size and its militancy. Reel News films of highlights from the past nine months, virtually none of it seen in mainstream media; PLUS videos of the incredible student movement in the USA which has such big echoes of the movement against the Vietnam war.


7- 8:15 SpyCops

Tom Fowler leads a discussion with short films around the inquiry into the undercover policing in Britain that has gone on for five decades, infiltrating pretty much every progressive movement during that time. With latest news from the inquiry, which is due to start again with new hearings in July.

8:15 – 9 The UK is not innocent: The Story of Inquest (Rainbow Collective, 45 mins)

Traces INQUEST’s evolution from a grassroots collective of families bereaved by state-related deaths to an established charity providing expertise on deaths in custody, exposing forty years of state violence and resistance in England and Wales.

9-10 Reel News: MeTU - Reclaiming our unions from sexism and misogyny

The meTU movement has had astonishing victories in the past two years in rooting out sexual harassment, assaults and bullying in the trade union movement, taking down the entire leadership of one union. Now there are strikes in three unions to change the toxic culture at the top of them. Reel News films with discussion led by Fliss Premru (TSSA transport union) and Sarah Woolley (BFAWU bakers union).

10-11 Reel News: Just Transition - inspiring workers movements from around the world making the shift away from fossil fuels

Reel News films of incredible just transition workers' struggles from Colombia, Mexico, South Africa, Tanzania, Germany, Netherlands and the astounding GKN factory occupation in Italy - with discussion led by Reel News with Sarah Woolley (BFAWU bakers union).


7-9 Wood for Trees

What's the future for British forests? Everyone is talking about tree planting, but there is lot more to consider than just planting the trees. What do we plant? Where? Why? Who pays? How is it managed? A series of films to provide insights and ideas to inform this debate, with discussion facilitated by the film makers.

9-11 The Nettle Dress (Dylan Howitt, 68 mins) – with Q&A with film maker

Stunningly filmed documentary, a modern-day fairytale and hymn to the healing power of nature and slow craft. It’s one story representing a huge groundswell of people rediscovering the joys of making.

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