Progressive Film Club, Saturday 22 February at the New Theatre

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Progressive Film Club 

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Saturday 22 February at the New Theatre ·

43 East Essex Street · Dublin 2

2:30 p.m. Dream Apocalypse (UK)
1Dream Apocalypse tells the poignant tale of what it is like to be a student in England today. We follow Joel Muckett’s life experiences and his hopes of hanging on to his dream of going to university, in spite of his disillusionment with the commodification of higher education. The increasing cost may put this education beyond his means, and his dream may be a dying dream. This is Ismael’s first film. ¦ Directed by Ismael Ahmed (University of Bedfordshire). Running time: 10 minutes.



2:45 p.m. The Colour of the Soul (India)

2A documentary that seeks to address the principles on which the caste system in India is based. The social system is not without controversy and paradoxes. In India, birth has a colour. ¦ Produced and directed by Alberto Martos (Spain). In Spanish, with English subtitles. Running time: 47 minutes.




3:45 p.m. National Identity (France)
3In France, for more than thirty years, foreign nationals have accounted for about 20 per cent of the prison population, even though they represent only between 6 and 8 per cent of the total population. This over-representation is explained by political choices since the end of the 1970s, particularly the repression of immigrants. National Identity spotlights the plight of former foreign-national prisoners who were sentenced to deportation after prison, which amounts to a double punishment. In the film there are interviews with victims of the system, justice professionals, and politicians, with analyses by research workers. A little-known side of the French state’s relationship with foreign nationals, many of whom hold French passports, is revealed. ¦ Produced and directed by Valérie Osouf (Granit Films / Divali Films). In French, with English subtitles. Running time: 80 minutes.


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  1. Frank Keoghan

    February 19, 2014 9:38 am

    War – monger Van Rompuy Tells Munich Conference: “We [The European Council] Are Ready to Use Military Force”

    In his opening statement to the Munich Security Conference on Feb. 1st, EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy, after expressing his full support and sympathy for the Ukrainian demonstrators, underlined that “Some people think Europeans are naïve; that we prefer carrots over sticks. Now, I am not saying that we cannot sometimes play our hand more strongly.

    “I know the EU is sometimes looked at as somewhat of a Florence Nightingale — but we do not just send nurses and nutritionists, we also send judges and policemen, soldiers and marines. In fact, we just decided to send in principle around 600 troops to Bangui. They will work side by side with those of France ….”

    This would be the first time ever since their creation in 2007, that a military unit of the EU Battlegroup (EUBG) would be deployed under direct command of the Council of the EU and is an ominous development. “We clearly prefer diplomatic solutions,” Van Rompuy threatened, “but our countries are ready to use military force when necessary.”

    In his invitation to the Dec. 19-20 EU Council, Van Rompuy announced to the heads of state
    and government that “Before our first working session, the NATO Secretary General will share some thoughts with us ahead of the thematic debate that we will have on defense policy. I should indeed like us to have a strategic discussion on one of the major current challenges in the field of defense: what should we be doing, as Union and as EU Member States, to retain and develop the capabilities that are critical for our defense and our security, and how can we encourage more cooperation to reach this goal. After the discussion, we will adopt the corresponding part of the conclusions.”

    Van Rompuy said that: “Starting this year, Europeans will be launching new joint defense programs, for cutting-edge drones, satellite communication, cyber defense and air-to-air refueling, emphasizing that it was the start of a process. All these tools” he said, “are at the service of Europe’s interests and security.”