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Issue No. 2328

Why Poverty? film season

The DOChouse is showing a series of documentary films Why Poverty? Two are showing on 15 November at the Rich Mix centre in east London.

Solar Mamas, by Mona Eldaief and Jehane Noujaim, tells the story of 30 women, illiterate mothers and grandmothers, who head to India’s Barefoot College to train as solar engineers.

Weijun Chen’s Education Education looks at China’s higher education system, and the struggle to find work at the end, leaving a new generation to unemployment and uncertainty. Go to for more details.

‘Up Then Brave Women’: Manchester’s Radical Women 1819–1918

For as long as Manchester has existed, women who go there to work have been struggling for liberation. This A4 booklet by Michael Herbert, full of illustrations, is an engaging guide to some of the high points of their struggle.

It begins with the “blanketeer” reformers in 1817, and includes the struggles for the vote and trade union rights. It gives a strong sense of the opposition they faced, as well as many quotes from the activists themselves.

African Interactive: The Moving Image

This panel event includes film makers from across South Africa, Nairobi, Los Angeles and Bristol. It will discuss whether digital technologies can expand African film and distribution.

It will cover the differences between the Kenyan film scene and other parts of the continent. It's hosted by the Afrika Eye Film Festival on 9 November, at the Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol BS1 5TX. Go to for more details.

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Tue 6 Nov 2012, 17:54 GMT
Issue No. 2328
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