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Film Showing: Land And Freedom

Beech Hill Film Cycle
Event organized by Beech Hill Film Cycle

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Ken Loach's 1995 film in the spirit of Orwell's "Homage to Catalonia":

Land and Freedom tells the story of an unemployed Liverpudlian who, after hearing a charismatic speaker at a rally, decides to travel to Spain to join the International Brigades to fight General Franco's Fascists.
Once he arrives he joins the Workers Party of Marxist Unification (POUM), where personal and political affiliations are tested during the infamous Barcelona May Days.

The film has been given a new relevance in the light of the foreign fighters travelling to Syria both to fight for ISIS and in the Left Wing units of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria, famously including the all-female International Freedom Battalion and rail strike backing Bob Crowe Brigade.

The date has been chosen to support Wigan's Spanish Civil War Memorial Unveiling on Saturday 14th April in Southside Gardens. To honour the 12 people from Wigan who fought in the Spanish Civil War and we hope to provoke a discussion after the film and encourage people to attend the event in town on Saturday.