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After 40 years of confinement “Save the Children” is released

After being hidden away for 40 years, it will be shown on April 19th at the independent cinema, PeckhamPlex. The director of the film, Ken Loach, will present the film and will discuss the future of the politics of modern-day society.


All this time, the “Save the Children” film, has been stored in the British Film Institute (BFI) national archive, exiled there since 1969. In fact, it has had few public screenings.

The film explores, in a critical fashion, social problems such as poverty, social class and the relationship between these problems and charitable organizations.

For their 50th anniversary, Save the Children in collaboration with London Weekend Television wanted to make a film highlighting the important role their organization played in the fight against poverty.

For this reason, the film opened at the same time in the United Kingdom, Uganda and Kenya in 1969.

However, Save the Children representatives chose to withdraw the film, stating that it was not a true reflection of the situation, as it focussed on the appropriateness of the relationship between themselves, as a charitable organization, and the state of society.

In fact, they had commissioned the cinema and television director, Ken Loach to make the film. He started his career in 1963 as a television director for the BBC, a representative of   “the seventh art” and of the artistic movement known as “social realism”.

This movement set out to show social reality without glamorizing it, depicting aspects of society that most people were largely unaware of, such as social struggles, injustices, racism, economic difficulties and poverty.

The film, financed by Save the Children, exposed these kinds of problems and realities, and following legal proceedings, it was agreed that the film should be stored away until Save the Children gave its permission for it to be screened again.

Now, in collaboration with the Southwark branch of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, TUSC, it will be shown in London on April 19th. Another short film by the same director will also be screened. “The Other 9/11” tackles Pinochet’s coup d’état in Chile.

Also attending the screening will be Nick Wrack, a lawyer specializing in complex criminal cases, an active defender of rights and civil liberties, and a candidate for the next London Assembly elections on May 3rd.

Together with Loach, they will discuss the current state of society and our political future.

For more information and to buy tickets: http://kenloachfortusc.eventbrite.co.uk/

(Translated by Jane Martin – Email: janeat64@btinternet.com)

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