Freedom Films VIII: The Babushkas of Chernobyl – 7th June 2019

The Babushkas of Chernobyl (2015, Dir. Holly Morris, Anne Bogart, 71 mins) is this month’s curated Freedom Film Club film. In the radioactive Dead Zone surrounding Chernobyl’s Reactor a community of old women cling to their ancestral homeland. While their neighbours have long since fled and their husbands gradually died …

Freedom Films V: Suffragette – 1st March 2019

This month’s film is 2015’s historical fiction about the epochal struggle for votes for women, Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette. Interestingly, it was apparently the first film to be filmed in the Houses of Parliament. Helen Pankhurst, great-granddaughter of perhaps the most famous real-life suffragette, Emmeline Pankhurst, has said: What I love about the …

Freedom Films III: Citizenfour – 11th January 2019

Following on from the fantastic The Lives of Others last month, we continue our mini-season on surveillance and its effects on human beings with Laura Poitras’ modern classic fly on the wall documentary on Edward Snowden, Citizenfour. No amount of familiarity with whistleblower Edward Snowden and his shocking revelations of the U.S. …

Freedom Films at Picturehouse: RBG – 13th December 2018

We’ve just learned that the critically acclaimed documentary about the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, RBG, is showing at Cambridge PictureHouse this Thursday 13th December. Meet others from Freedom Film Club in the bar beforehand (from 17:45-18:10), and stay for the panel discussion, and possibly further discussion afterwards. Jason …

Freedom Films II: The Lives of Others – 7th December 2018

The Freedom Film Club has its second event of a series exploring human freedom in the modern world on Friday 7th December 2018. The club meets remotely on the hashtag #FreedomFilmClub, and as an informal gathering in Cambridge, UK. This month’s chosen film is The Lives of Others, von Donnersmarck’s 2006 classic that …

Freedom Films I: Playtime – 2nd November 2018

ANNOUNCING FREEDOM FILM FOUNDATION 

This week sees the launch of the Freedom Film Foundation, which will curate regular event dedicated to films exploring human freedom in the modern world.

The club meets remotely on the hashtag #FreedomFilmClub, and as an informal gathering in Cambridge, UK.

Our first film is Playtime, Jacques Tati’s classic, exploring in the director’s inimitable style our relationship with technology and modernity. There’s a useful primer here and the trailer:

Please let us know if you’ll be watching, and share your thoughts on the hashtag, or if you’re in Cambridge and would like to attend in person.