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Thursday 13th May. Doors open: 6.30pm. Film starts: 7pm.
WEA (59 Gloucester Street), Otautahi/Christchurch.

As the National Government seeks to mine the pristine conservation lands of Aotearoa in the name of ‘economic development’, a reminder of the effects of mining is needed — not just on the workers and inhabitants of the communities in question, but it’s wider environmental impact. AN INJURY TO ONE provides an absolutely compelling glimpse of a particularly volatile moment in early 20th century American labor history and the effects of mining on the community of Butte, Montana.

The Anaconda mine in Butte has become the largest environmental disaster site in the United States. It’s open pit is a cocktail of contaminated materials: a century after the era of intensive mining and smelting the area around the city remains an environmental issue. Arsenic and heavy metals such as lead are found in high concentrations in some spots affected by old mining, and for a period of time in the 1990s the tap water was unsafe to drink due to poor filtration and decades-old wooden supply pipes. AN INJURY TO ONE looks at this disaster through it’s history of labour struggle — the mysterious death of Wobbly organizer Frank Little and the Speculator Fire of 1917. Much of the extant evidence is inscribed upon the landscape of Butte and its surroundings. Thus, a connection is drawn between the unsolved murder of Little, and the attempted murder of the town by a company in search of profit.

Archival footage mixes with deftly deployed intertitles, while the lyrics to traditional mining songs are accompanied by music from Bonnie Prince Billy, Jim O’Rourke, The Dirty Three and Low, producing an appropriately moody, effulgent, and strangely out-of-time soundtrack. The result is a unique film/video hybrid that combines painterly images, incisive writing, and a bold graphic sensibility to produce an articulate example of the aesthetic and political possibilities offered by filmmaking in the digital age.

“An astonishing document: part art and part speculative inquiry, buzzing with ambition and dedication. Takes us from the 19th century to the eve of the 21st, from Butte as land of frontier promise to Butte as land of death and environmental destruction. Travis wields avant-garde graphics and archival ephemera like a lasso, and his shots of modern-day Butte are allusive still-lifes that defy time and place. This is stirring, must-see stuff.— Austin Chronicle

Lite refreshments and childcare will be provided, so come on down and join your local anarchists as part of our monthly film nights at the WEA! Zines and more will also be available on the night.

Koha entry.

For more information contact:
otautahianarchists (at)

The Aotearoa A-fem Hui fun-raisers present a screening of:

Girls Rock!

Friday 26th March, doors open 7pm
Koha/$2 donation entry
at WEA 59 Gloucester Street (opposite CoCA Gallery)


About the film:

At Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp, girls ranging in age from eight to 18 are taught
that it’s OK to sweat like a pig, scream like a banshee, wail on their
instruments with complete and utter abandon, and that “it is 100% okay
to be exactly who you are.”

The girls have a week to select a band, an instrument they may have
never played before, and write a song. In between, they are taught by
indie rock legends (such as Carrie Brownstein from Sleater-Kinney)
various lessons of empowerment from self-defense to anger management. At
the end of the week, all the bands perform a concert for over 700 people.

The film follows several campers: Laura, a Korean adoptee obsessed by
death metal; Misty, who is emerging from a life of meth addiction,
homelessness and gang activity; and Amelia, an eight-year-old who writes
experimental rock songs about her dog Pipi. What happens to the girls as
they are given a temporary reprieve from being sexualized, analyzed and
pressured to conform is truly moving and revolutionary.

About AFEM2010

AFEM2010 is a hui (to be held over easter weekend near Wellington) for
women, trans and genderqueer folks who want to eradicate all forms of
oppression. This year’s hui has a special focus on racism and

For more info:
– check out
– or talk to us on the night

In memory of anarchist historian and activist Howard Zinn who passed away earlier this year, Beyond Resistance presents: You Cant Be Neutral on a Moving Train.

This rousing documentary uses Howard Zinn’s life to tell the story of political activism in the 20th Century and beyond, from the anti-Fascist protests of the late ’30s and early ’40s, through WWII and post-war unionism, to the civil rights movement in the South, the Vietnam War, and now, Iraq. Zinn has been an active participant in all of these movements, giving a white, academic, radical voice to people fighting for respect and justice around the world, often risking his own life and livelihood.

A shipyard worker when WWII broke out, Zinn saw first hand the damage of war when he signed up for the U.S. Air Force. Amazing color footage of the first rough, hand-made WWII napalm bombs lend a startling vividness to Zinn’s description of his understanding, post-war, of the deadly reality of a soldier’s job.

With narration taken entirely from Zinn’s own writing, read by actor Matt Damon, filmmakers Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller skillfully capture the spirit of Zinn’s life work.

Watch the trailer here:

Lite refreshments and childcare will be provided, so come on down and join your local anarchists as part of our bi-monthly film nights at the WEA! Zines, books and more will also be available on the night.

Thursday 11th March. Doors open: 6.30pm. Film starts: 7pm.
WEA (59 Gloucester Street), Otautahi/Christchurch.

Koha entry.

For more information contact:
otautahianarchists (at)

The Anarchist-Communist Discussion Group invites you to our first meeting on Wednesday March 3 at 7pm at the WEA, 59 Gloucester Street.

The group meets on the first Wednesday of every month and aims to provide a space for the open discussion of anarchist-communist ideas and practice. Each month there will be a short article to read or a short video to watch, that we can then discuss together.

For the first meeting, we will be watching a video of a talk given by Barry Pateman, a vastly experienced British anarchist now based in the USA. He is one of the editors of the Emma Goldman Papers and a curator of the Kate Sharpley Library (one of the largest anarchist libraries in the world). He is also editor of the book ‘Chomsky on Anarchism’. Barry spoke in Wellington in May last year, and we will be showing the video of the talk at our first meeting, followed by discussion of the ideas raised in it.

Tea, coffee and biscuits provided.

The group is a joint effort of the Christchurch branch of the Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement and Beyond Resistance.

Beyond Resistance presents (in true Christmas spirit): What Would Jesus Buy?

What Would Jesus Buy? follows Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir as they go on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from the Shopocalypse: the end of mankind from consumerism, over-consumption and the fires of eternal debt!

From producer Morgan Spurlock (SUPER SIZE ME) and director Rob VanAlkemade comes a serious docu-comedy about the commercialization of Christmas. Bill Talen (aka Reverend Billy) was a lost idealist who hitchhiked to New York City only to find that Times Square was becoming a mall. Spurred on by the loss of his neighborhood and inspired by the sidewalk preachers around him, Bill bought a collar to match his white caterer’s jacket, bleached his hair and became the Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping.

Since 1999, Reverend Billy has gone from being a lone preacher with a portable pulpit preaching on subways, to the leader of a congregation and a movement whose numbers are well into the thousands.

Through retail interventions, corporate exorcisms, and some good old-fashioned preaching, Reverend Billy reminds us that we have lost the true meaning of Christmas. What Would Jesus Buy? is a journey into the heart of America – from exorcising the demons at the Wal-Mart headquarters to taking over the center stage at the Mall of America and then ultimately heading to the Promised Land … Disneyland.

Watch the trailer here:

Food, drinks and childcare will be provided, so come on down and join your local anarchists as part of our monthly film nights at the WEA! Zines, books and more will also be available on the night.

Thursday 17th December. Doors open: 6.30pm. Film starts: 7pm.

WEA (59 Gloucester Street), Otautahi/Christchurch.

Koha entry.

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