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Stop the War Coalition and Sands Films presents a series of screenings of classic anti-war films created over the past 80 years. A selection of films to let the viewer reflect upon different aspects of war and its consequences. Tickets are free but booking is required (limited availability though there is a waiting list for seats released due to cancellations)

 Stop The War Screenings list

Click on the title of the film to read more about it

Friday 21st April, 19:30 / The Charge Of the Light Brigade

Largely a black comedy, A Doctor Strangelove for the 1850’s. Its simple story reduces the Crimean War’s messy imperial politics into personal revenge. Its depiction of upper class arrogance and lilitary bumbling is certainly worth watching  (D.G.)

Wednesday 26th April, 19:30/ Westfront 1918

Based on Erns Johannsen’s novel, Westfront is a an account of four German WW1 soldiers. Pabst’s first sound film deals with the impact of the war on a group of infantrymen. His long penultimate movement is in battle; At least twice Pabst fixes the camera and keeps it fixed, making us more eyewitnesses than film viewers (D.G.)

Sunday 30th April, 18:00 / The Great Dictator

Chaplin directs from his own script, an his double role here -as Tomania’s anti-Semitic dictator and , in the Ghetto, a polite, humane Jewish barber, a tad shell0shocked from his WW1 experience – results in a split performance of sheer brilliance. Achingly funny, The Great Dictator directly satirises Hitler and pleads against war and fascism (D.G.)

Wednesday 3rd May, 19:30 /The Burmese Harp

The Burmese Harp is regarded as Ichikawa;s masterpiece. It’s perhaps the most humane of all Japanese war films – indeed, of all war films whatever their country of origin. The memory of war becomes the “life” of the film – life, that is, commemorating the lost and the dead (D.G.)

Friday 5th May, 19:30 / Ivan’s Childhood

Tarkovsky’s first feature is an antiwar film about a 12-year-old orphan who works as a spy for a Russian war attachment by crossing German lines. In one of many flashbacks, idea of the “looking glass” of memory is thus introduced, along with the idea of the horrorland, rather than wonderland, of war (D.G.)

Sunday 7th May, 18:00 / La Grande Illusion

So pointed was Renoir’s message that when the Germans occupied France, “Grand Illusion” was one of the first things they seized. It was “Cinematic Public Enemy No 1”, propaganda minister Joseph goebbels announced, ordering the original negative seized. It contains one of  the most touching Christmas and homely love scene recorded on film (R.E)

Tuesday 9th May, 20:30 / Okraina

From the outdoor leisure of strolling couples, the camera cuts to a shoemaking workshop: the sounds and sights of sppedy mass labor. Thus begins Barnet’s inventive, comical Okarine, an early Soviet sound film. With German invasion and war, all shoemakers are united as soldiers of the Tsar. Gorgeous lyrical inserts of Nature mark the 1917 revolution. Tsaris Russia is no more (D.G.)

Thursday 11th May, 19:30 / In the Year of the Pig

Restored at UCLA Film & TV Archive by Ross Lipma, Pig Remains one of the most powerful condemnations of the USA’s military adventure in Vietnam. Culling archive footage from a vast array of sources – including amateur film of Ho Chi Minh -de Antonio exposes politicians’ lies and the way in which his country devastated the land and people of Vietnam in the name of ‘peace’.

Tuesday 16th May, 20:30 / Ashani Sanket

The “forgotten holocaust”: the Bengal Famine (1943-44), engineered by Winston Churchill and abetted by Hindu trader-profiteers, that exacted the lives of 3.5 million Bengals to help keep World War II British soldiers clothed and fed. Ray’s tremendous Ashani Sanket commemorates the tragedy (D.G.)

Thursday, May 18, 19:30 /  Sir! No Sir

Sir! No Sir! is a documentary that about an almost-forgotten fact of the Vietnam era: Anti-war sentiment among U.S. troops grew into a problem for the Pentagon (R.E)

Stop The War Logo

Sands Films Studios presents great classic anti-war films during April and May with the collaboration of the Stop The War Coalition.

Stop the War was founded in September 2001 in the weeks following 9/11, when George W. Bush announced the “war on terror”. Stop the War has since been dedicated to preventing and ending the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and elsewhere.

Stop the War opposes the British establishment’s disastrous addiction to war and its squandering of public resources on militarism. We have initiated many campaigns around these issues.

We are committed to supporting Palestinian rights, opposing racism and Islamophobia, and to the defence of civil liberties.

Stop the War has organised around 40 national demonstrations, including the largest protests ever held in Britain, most memorably on 15 February 2003, when up to two million gathered on London’s streets to oppose the Iraq war .

In 2013, Stop the War was central in mobilising opposition to UK bombing of Syria, as proposed by David Cameron’s government. This led to the historic decision in parliament when MPs voted against military intervention.

Other events which Stop the War has organised are thousands of public meetings across the country, direct action in the run up to UK wars – including walkouts from schools, colleges and workplaces – two People’s Assemblies, international peace conferences, vigils, lobbies of Parliament and anti-war cultural events.

Individuals can become members of Stop the War, and we welcome affiliations by supporting organisations and trade unions. Members and affiliates must support the aims of Stop the War as set out in our constitution.  @stwuk  stopthewarcoalition

Sands films cinema Club Tuesday

Sand Films Cinema Club

No food allowed inside in the cinema

Seats are limited and each booking reduces the number of seats available to others. If you cannot attend, please cancel as soon as possible your booking by going to “MY TICKETS” on the email Eventbrite has sent you: this is the best way to release your seat to someone else and to enable us to refund your contribution.

If the film is SOLD OUT, there will be an automated waiting list, this will contact you if and when a seat becomes available.

Sands Films Cinema 82 Saint Marychurch Street SE16 4HZ London


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