Film

The Noise of Cairo

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Director Heiko Lange

The 18 days that shook the world and brought the Mubarak regime tumbling to its knees brought a fresh wave of expression and creativity to Egypt.

The experiences of ordinary people, after 30 years of dictatorship, working together to change society had a huge impact on art in Egypt. Director Heiko Lange explores the explosions of creativity during and after those 18 days through a series of interviews with independent artists.

Breathing

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Director Karl Markovics

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Breathing is the debut film written and directed by Karl Markovics - the Austrian star of The Counterfeiters.

Breathing centres on the story of Roman, a 19 year old man in a youth detention centre. He has been institutionalised his whole life after being abandoned by his parents as a baby. As his parole date approaches his social worker is keen for him to hold down a job to increase his chances of release.

Marley

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Director Kevin MacDonald

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Marley is a detailed tribute to the international music icon Bob Marley.

Opening with an African slave embarkation port in Ghana, West Africa, the story chronicles Marley's move from obscure St Ann, to his rise through the Jamaican music charts to become an international reggae superstar, ending with his final weeks in a Bavarian clinic in 1981. The film shows Marley's life in the difficult streets of Trench Town, seeking out a better living among the urban poor, his conversion to Rastafarianism and the breakup of the original Wailers group.

Bread and Roses Film Festival

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A hundred years ago women and immigrant textile workers went on strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts, for better pay and working conditions.

These became known as the "Bread and Roses" strikes, named after a James Oppenheim poem. To celebrate this centenary, studioSTRIKE have organised the Bread and Roses Film Festival supported by National Lottery funding on behalf of the BFI.

Le Havre

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With the French presidential elections looming, this is a perfect time to remind people of the repression and violence towards minorities and immigrants in France, which has increased under Nicolas Sarkozy.

Some of the most despicable images of this were from the infamous raids of refugee camps (disgustingly dubbed "the jungle") in Calais in 2009. This is the backdrop to Kaurismäki's latest film, Le Havre, set on the Channel coast.

Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey

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Director: Lelia Doolan

Bernadette Devlin McAliskey is one of the most important political figures to have emerged from the late 1960s. This documentary shows why. Just imagine footage of your local MP using a megaphone to coordinate the building of barricades, or the same MP helping to break up paving slabs to be used as ammunition against armed police.

Trishna

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Director: Michael Winterbottom

Michael Winterbottom's latest film, Trishna, is a modern take on Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles, set in India. As in Hardy's original tale, the film follows the journey of a young woman who struggles to shape her own life but is ultimately trapped by class inequality and sexual oppression.

Marx Reloaded

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Director Jason Barker
10-16 February, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)

Can Marx's critique of capitalism really help us through crisis-ridden times? Jason Barker's documentary, Marx Reloaded, poses this question before tracing, at breakneck speed, the contours of current debate among Marxist (and some non-Marxist) thinkers.

The film is a roll call of some of the heavyweights in Marxist philosophy. Antonio Negri discusses his thesis that immaterial labour and knowledge workers have displaced factory workers as the key agents of change in society, turning Marx "on his head".

A Dangerous Method

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Director David CronenbergRelease date: 10 February

David Cronenberg's new historical drama offers an alternative perspective on the creation of psychoanalysis by focusing on the figure of Carl Jung. Charting the Swiss psychiatrist's rise to prominence and subsequent break with Freud, A Dangerous Method features enchanting performances from all the main actors who drive forward an engaging plot.

Margin Call

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Margin Call is a new blockbuster directed by JC Chandor, starring Kevin Spacey and Demi Moore. It's set at the beginning of the banking crisis in 2008. The film gives an inside view of a Lehman Brothers style investment bank over the 24 hours during which they realise that the firm is on the brink of collapse.

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