20 Jul 2009

Landless farmers take control

Excellent article here from Do or Die, theoretical journal of the hard core of the direct action environmental movement but sadly no longer published.

If you are in London on wednesday night please go along to these film showing which is the first event from Alborada....who are a new organisation promoting all the good stuff coming out of Latin America mainly through film!

MST: Landless Farmers and the Biggest March in Brazilian History
(Director Gibby Zobel, 69min)

Followed by a Q&A with the director, chaired by Jan Rocha, co-author of Cutting the Wire: The MST in Brazil.

Wednesday 22 July, 7-9pm
Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, London

In 2005, 12,000 people walked the 240km from Goiania to Brasilia, on the longest march in Brazilian history. They were members of the Brazilian Landless Farmers' Movement, the MST, revered as one of the most successful and dynamic social movements in the world, who had come from all over the country for the demonstration. Recording the event was British journalist and filmmaker Gibby Zobel, who turned his footage into the documentary, MST: Landless Farmers and the Biggest March in Brazilian History. 'A social movement as important as the MST deserves more than just brutal stereotyping', says Gibby. Determined to shed some light on the MST, he accompanied the march from dawn till dusk for 17 days, discovering the stories behind the red flags, from landless families, to regional and national coordinators. His work didn’t stop there; after the march had finished, Gibby travelled over 15,000km by bus, to find the people he had met on the road to Brasilia, and see if the march had made a difference to their lives. The result is a polemic, poetic and powerful insight into the MST, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

Event details:
7-9pm Wednesday 22 July (film starts 7.15pm)

Khalili Theatre,
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS),
University of London,
Thornhaugh Street,
Russell Square,
London WC1H 0XG
Nearest Tube: Russell Square | £3 suggested donation

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