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The Coconut Revolution – screening and debate with director Dom Rotheroe


A great oppourtunity has arisen for a potential free screening of this film followed by a debate with the director.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015 – 6pm to 8pm

Birkbeck cinema, 41 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD

What future for a successful (eco)revolution?

At the end of the bloody war that killed one in ten in the tiny South Pacific island of Bougainville, locals were promised a referendum on their independence to be held after 2015. Now, at the threshold of this historical event, we want to retrace the story of “the world’s first successful eco-revolution” (1988-97), which saw the peoples of Bougainville take on Papua New Guinea, Australia and the biggest mining company of the world to defend their land, culture and independence.

After the introduction by filmmaker Dom Rotheroe, we will see his multi-award winning documentary ‘The Coconut Revolution’ (2001, 50 mins) and the update/sequel he shot for Al Jazeera, ‘Bougainville: Reopening Old Wounds’ (2009, 20 mins). The former illustrates the extraordinary story of a people that rebelled against the exploitation of the world’s then largest open mine, and used its ingenuity and natural resources to win an impossible war (e.g. overcoming the blockade by using coconut oil as fuel for their vehicles). The latter, instead, investigates the insidious nature of capitalism and the nature of power, as the victorious Bougainville communities split over the new government’s proposal of reopening the mine to develop their economy.

Finally, we will have the opportunity to ask Dom Rotheroe about his experience in Bougainville, and draw on these extremely interesting documentaries to reflect on the difficulties that even successful grassroots movements have to face when it is time to concretely build the alternative.

Booking for free entry.


Discussion meetings- New Series starting Autumn 2014

Anarchist Federation discussion meetings in London
New season!
Thursday September 25th : Are you living in a shack? Meeting on Housing Crisis organise)
Thursday October 23rd: The Role of the Revolutionary Organisation. Why we need a specific anarchist organisation
Thursday November 27th : War is the Health of the State. Why the present system needs war to function
Thursday December 18th: Old Nobodaddy. Religion and anarchism
Thursday January 22nd: Work! What Is it Good For? Nature of work
Thursday February 26th: Health Warning: Crisis in the Health Service
Thursday March 26th: No Borders, No States. The lure of Nationalism and why it is a Deadend
Thursday April 23rd: No Matter Who You Voted For, the Government Got In. The Election
Thursday May 28th: Where There’s Muck There’s Brass: The Environment and Capitalism
All meetings from 7pm at Freedom Bookshop, Angel Alley, 84b Whitechapel High Street, London E1

October 2014- London AF Discussion Meeting

Anarchist Federation discussion meetings in London

Thursday October 23rd: The Role of the Revolutionary Organisation. Why we need a specific anarchist organisation

All meetings will take place on Thursdays from 7pm at Freedom Bookshop, Angel Alley, 84b Whitechapel High Street (nearest tube Aldgate East)
www.afed.org.uk London@afed.org.uk BM Anarfed London WC1N3XX

Bakunin bicentenary events

Bakunin bicentenary events

An Introduction to Bakunin

7pm Wednesday June 18th

At Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh, 17 West Montgomery Place, Edinburgh

Convened by Edinburgh group of Anarchist Federation

The Spirit of Revolt: Bakunin

Speakers: Brian Morris (author of book on Bakunin) and speaker from Anarchist Federation

convened by London group of Anarchist Federation and South east England Region of Anarchist Federation

1pm Sunday June 29th
At the Common House Unit E, 5 Punderson Gardens, London, E2 (nearest tube Bethnal Green)
Disabled access to both meetings. All welcome

Day School on Anarchist Communism

Day School on Anarchist Communism

10 am to 4pm Sunday December 1st

 The Common House, Unit E, 5 Pundersons Gardens,> Bethnal Green, E29QG (nearest tube Bethnal Green)

Sessions on: 
What is Anarchist Communism? Everything you need to know about the ideas of Anarchist Communism-how it developed, what it is, how it envisages replacing this unjust, oppressive and unequal society with one based on cooperation, equality and social justice
Brian Morris on Bakunin and Kropotkin Brian is an author of the books  Ecology and Anarchism, Bakunin: The Philosophy of Freedom, Kropotkin: The Politics of Community and The Anarchist Geographer: An Introduction to the Life of  Peter Kropotkin

National versus Local organising- a debate between London AF and a member of Haringey Solidarity Group.

Against Nationalism Talk based on the Anarchist Federation Against Nationalism which offers an acute critique of nationalism.
Anarchist Feminism. Social revolution cannot be achieved without women’s liberation. This perspective has to be essential to a revolutionary anarchist movement
Organised by South East Region of Anarchist Federation www.afed.org.uk  London@afed.org.uk