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Cinema, solidarity, politics and fiesta in February

A day that includes documentaries about Assange and a political-cultural festival, as well as a talk on political-personal experiences told to the public and that ends in a social moment, will take place on February 1 in London. The event is organized  by Alborada Films and  supported by Movimientos and Mydylarama.


The day begins by addressing one of the greatest cases of injustice in recent times: the persecution, imprisonment and possible extradition of the journalist and founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange.

It does so through the documentary “No extradition: Julian Assange’s father and the fight for his son’s freedom”, directed by Pablo Navarrete, of Alborada Films, made in English and with Spanish subtitles. It will be screened from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For more than a year and a half, Navarrete worked on this 35-minute piece. In order to showcase the efforts to regain Assange’s freedom, he followed his father John Shipton in his fight to prevent him from being extradited to the United States.

Assange, incarcerated in a maximum-security prison in London, was wanted for extradition by the United States for publishing declassified material that exposed the U.S. war. If convicted of all charges, Assange could face up to 175 years in prison.

Apart from John Shipton, the film features tireless defenders of Assange, such as Nils Melzer (UN Special Rapporteur on Torture), M.I.A, Lowkey, Lisa Longstaff (Women Against Rape) and John Pilger, among others.

It was precisely Pilger, journalist, filmmaker, writer and very close to Assange, who said: “Pablo Navarrete’s outstanding film ‘No Extradition’ could be titled, ‘No Pasaran!’ It has the same principled defiance and reflects the refusal of Julian Assange to comply with his persecutors and be broken by them.”

After the screening, the audience will be able to hear journalist Mohamed Elmaazi of Truth Defence discuss the latest developments surrounding the Assange case.

Proceeds from ticket sales will be given to the Don’t extradite Assange campaign  and Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP).

A dream, a conversation, a party

What comes after “No Extradition” is just as interesting.

On the one hand, there  is the screening of “Fragments of a dream”, a film directed by Teilo Vellacott and  Navarrete (Alborada Films/Actual Fact), which narrates the story of El Sueño Existe in 25 minutes, a festival of politics and culture dedicated to the memory of the Chilean singer Víctor Jara and which takes place in the Welsh city of Machynlleth. After the screening, Bolivian musician Phaxsi Coca, who appears in the film with his trio Sagrada Familia, will address the audience.

All this will happen between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. and then give way to an informal session of talks and videos where the co-editors of Alborada, Nick MacWillian and Pablo Navarrete, will talk, the first about his recent trip to Colombia, and the second about Mother, Country, one of the documentaries he is currently working on and which deals with his personal life.  which means being the son of two Chilean refugees who came to the UK after the military coup in Chile in 1973.

The last event of the day will be the party that will start at 8.30 pm and end at 11 pm. Admission is free and features a playlist of music from all over Latin America and DJs after 9.30am.

Venue: The Post Bar, 316 High Road N15 4BP, London. For more information click here  and here.

(Translated by Cristina Popa – Email: –  Photos: Alborada Fcebook

Julian Assange. Foto de New Media Days / Flickr. Creative Commons License.
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