2016 Festival

screen-shot-2016-10-30-at-22-38-07LRFF 2016: Friday 25th – Sunday 27th November

Bridewell Arts Studios,101 Prescot St, Liverpool, L7 8UL.

LRFF 2016 has been divided into two strands. Saturday 26th November is dedicated to the relation between localised, indigenous struggles and international resistance. Here we foreground the fact that indigenous struggles over land and water rights (often fought by governments at the behest of huge multinational corporations) embody some of the most urgent questions facing humanity today, such as climate change. Meanwhile, Sunday 27th November is committed to looking at acts of resistance and radical solutions. Drawing on historic examples as well as the campaigns of contemporary activist organisations, our aim is to discuss pragmatic ways of resisting neoliberalism.

LRFF 2016 also includes two Liverpool premiers. The first, Bakur (North), is currently banned in its home country. The film explores how the PKK guerillas have resisted the Turkish government for the past 30 years. Next, filmmaker and professor of Film at Roehampton University, Michael Chanan, will be joining us for a screening of his latest documentary, Money Puzzles, which combines a revealing examination of the history and nature of money with a contemporary focus on austerity across Europe and the radical solutions being taken up by its citizens.

Our Radical Histories screenings celebrate the lives and works of two revolutionary artists who often go under the radar. On the 40th anniversary of their deaths, LRFF 2016 pays tribute to folk singer, Phil Ochs, and Argentine filmmaker, Raymundo Gleyzer.

This years workshops are programmed by AKI (The Artivism Knowledge Initiative) who will be using film to explore issues around land dispossession and trauma, and Reel News, the longest running video activist news reel in UK history. We also have a curated program of shorts on the plight of refugees in Calais and a closing event that pushes the limits of documentary format.

You can view some of our highlights below, or click the first link to download a PDF of our full program.



Bonus Screening:...

Bonus Screening: In Memoriam

Saturday 26th November

1pm (preceding Mexico: Frozen Revolution)

Paul Leduc’s 'In Memoriam' is a tribute to the Cuban filmmaker Julio García Espinosa, who died earlier this year at the age of 89. Julio was the author of a polemical essay, ‘For an imperfect cinema’, one of the most important manifestos of the New Latin American Cinema movement of the 1960s. Paul Leduc writes:

I would have preferred to celebrate Julio’s memory as a great bongos player, smiling when speaking about a traditional song, and concerned, in the face of the blockade and as Vice Minister of Culture responsible for music, with how to get hold of a sufficient number of spare strings for all the island’s guitarists, not to mention pianos or violins.

But you know what the world has come to and I prefer another kind of dialogue with Julio.

In face of the foreseeable emergency of the wretched orange neighbour, it is difficult to remain silent, and if the big media have been closed to us, we need to look at what we can count on to say something.

In my case, it happens that there are several films I’ve made with the same actors, although with different stories and in different epochs: enough to attempt a new history of the present epoch.

‘In memoriam’ was made in less than a week and with practically no money. Perhaps that’s the only thing of interest about it, but it seemed to me enough to work with. I think Julio would have found it interesting. Anyway, as an example of ‘imperfect cinema’. Anyway, to discuss it.

Discuss, which is "ultimately" (as he liked to say) what it’s about.

(Then I realised we also owe things to Glauber [Rocha] / that In Memoriam could be for both / for the presence of both / a Latin American Lumière and Méliès for all time: the two foundations of what came afterwards.)

I have nothing more to add. If anyone wants to discuss, then discuss. If we’d talked about music, we could continue talking for hours. And if we talked about the wretched one, we would (we will) have to keep talking ... (even without means of production)

(Translation: Michael Chanan)


Full program PDF

Full program PDF

You can download a PDF of our 2016 program, featuring all of this year screenings, right here: leaflet-low-res




Phil Ochs: There...

Phil Ochs: There but for Fortune


Radical Histories

Friday 25th November, 7:30pm

Phil Ochs: There but for Fortune (Kenneth Bowser 2011)

American folk singer, Phil Ochs, emerged as a spokesperson on causes such as racial injustice, political oppression and the horrors of war during the 1960s. Equally critical of the left and the right, he gained a sizable following. By the time of his tragic death at just 35 years old the FBI had a dossier on him that was over 400 pages long. On the 40th anniversary of his death, LRFF presents the biography of a conflicted truth seeking troubadour who challenged us all to change the world for the better.

Followed by

Radical Music Videos – a curated program of politically charged music videos that explores the development and potential of the medium


Mexico: The Froz...

Mexico: The Frozen Revolution

Radical Histories

Saturday 26th November, 1pm

Mexico: The Frozen Revolution (Raymundo Gleyzer 1973)

On the 40th anniversary of his assassination by the Argentine military junta, we screen Raymundo Gleyzer's seminal documentary on the betrayal of the 1910 revolution, incorporating rare newsreel footage of Mexican revolutionaries, Villa and Zapata, not as historical decoration but as part of a dialectic that culminates in the massacre of some 400 students in one day during the 1968 Mexican Olympics.


Workshop: Land a...

Workshop: Land and Trauma

Saturday 26th November, 3pm

Workshop: Land and Trauma

AKI (The Artivism Knowledge Initiative) will use film to explore the experience of trauma through displacement and dispossession.

The short film, 'Brid living by the Sea, Ireland', will be followed by 'Islands of Sanctuary', a documentary on Sacred Land rights and the experiences of indigenous communities in Australia and Hawaii as they deal with settler colonisation.


Workshop: Reel N...

Workshop: Reel News

Sunday 27th November, 3pm

This session is curated by guest programmers, Reel News, the longest running video activist newsreel in UK history.

Paris: Climate Change, Militarism and War –

The days of lobbying governments are over - we hear from working class and indigenous voices who are leading worldwide direct action against fossil fuel projects. The film also explores the untold connection between climate change, militarism and austerity.

Veterans for Peace:

Veterans for Peace is one of the most rapidly expanding social movements in Britain, going from just a handful of people a few years ago to now over 450 veterans of every war the UK has been involved in over the past 70 years. Their experience: that war is futile.

‘A Million Climate Jobs’ Campaigners, Veterans for Peace, and anti-austerity groups will facilitate post screening discussion


Bakur (North)

Bakur (North)

Dir: Çayan Demirel, Ertuğrul Mavioğlu 2015    

LIVERPOOL PREMIER: Saturday 26th November, 5:30pm     

Currently banned in its home country, this documentary focuses on the PKK guerrillas who have waged a campaign of resistance against the Turkish Government for the past 30 years, losing 30,000 of their own people in the process. Hear what they have to say about their struggle, and their ideas on how they believe we can build a new society.



Money Puzzles

Money Puzzles

Dir: Michael Chanan, 2016
LIVERPOOL PREMIER: Saturday 26th November, 8pm
Money Puzzles is about money and debt, austerity and solidarity, and alternative economics. Filmed in 2015 in the UK, Greece, Spain, Belgium and Argentina, with contributors ranging from children in the first to two erstwhile Ministers of Economy in the last, it questions the myriad forms of money in modern times, exploding the ideological myths of money and debt and how they constrain our thoughts about changing the system. It presents the crushing effects of austerity and the neoliberal agenda of finance capitalism which holds Europe in its grip, and reports on grassroots solidarity networks and ground-level anti-austerity initiatives which aim to construct an alternative social economics.
The film unfolds a historically informed map of the way neoliberal capitalism works: how money is created by banks, the links between money and debt, the invention of new financial instruments like derivatives, the shadow banking system, the function of tax havens. Set against this, the solidarity networks and social movements offer alternative ways of thinking about money, including complementary currencies, and especially the worldwide movement for citizens debt audits and the repudiation of illegitimate debt. By all indicators we are running out of time to address the catastrophic problems facing our world, and we must solve the money puzzle before it is too late.
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