February 10, 2017 by NUJMcrSalford
“It is not enough for journalists to see themselves as mere messengers without understanding the hidden agendas of the message and the myths that surround it” – John Pilger
- You don’t have to be in the NUJ or a journalist to come to see a film.
FEBRUARY 25: We will screen Black Power Mix Tape (2011) a unique, powerful documentary using recently unearthed archive footage shot by a group of Swedish journalists documenting the Black Power Movement in the US edited together with contemporary narration.
The film is being screened to discuss and promote the national anti-racism demonstration in London on March 18 backed by the TUC to bring together people from across all walks of life to challenge racism. Tackling racism has become one of the key concerns of the last year following the spike in hate crime after the EU referendum, the election of Donald Trump as US President and the growth in support for the far-right across Europe.
Branch member Amitt Bhatt will also talk about his campaign in seeking asylum in the UK after fleeing India after his journalistic activities, and specifically his investigations into government corruption, put him under threat. Amitt is supported by branch and the National Union of Journalists nationally. The lack of safety for journalists in India is a serious concern to the NUJ, our sister unions in the country and the International Federation of Journalists. Amitt’s journalistic activities would make him particularly vulnerable given the current situation in India.
MARCH 25: We will screen Good Night and Good Luck (2005), directed by George Clooney, followed by a discussion From McCarthyism to Trump led by author and journalist Granville Williams.
On 9 March 1954 Edward R.Murrow broadcast one of the most powerful documentaries in the history of television on his prime-time current affairs programme See It Now.
Murrow devoted the entire programme to an indictment of Senator Joseph McCarthy’s witch hunting and blacklisting tactics. McCarthy built support by playing on the anxieties of Americans, actively convincing them of division, danger and conspiracy when they didn’t exist.
The parallels between the way McCarthy operated and the US President Donald Trump today are obvious. What role should the US media play today to challenge the ‘alternative facts’ Trump and his staff promote?
All screenings are at Three Minute Theatre, Afflecks Arcade, 35-39 Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JG.
Doors open 13:30 – film start about 14:00