The third instalment of GIVE BIRTH TO ME TOMORROW, this year’s Artists’ Moving Image Festival continues with an online screening, available to watch for free from 2-9 June 2021. Watch here.

The festival programme lies in between the folds of artists’ moving image, performance documentation, protest documentary and animation, considering their strategies for interruption, to undo the formal and psychological trappings of a neo-colonial, white supremacist, capitalist, patriarchal cinema system.

The programme for this instalment focuses on a single film, Newsreel Collectives’ Stand Together! (1977) and is accompanied by a discussion event hosted by the programmers on Thursday 9 June from 7-9pm. The film is captioned by Valery Tough. The event will be transcribed live using otter.ai automated transcription.

Programme:

Newsreel Collective, Stand Together!, 1977. 52 mins, 16mm transferred to digital.

Poster made by Paddington Printshop, for the Newsreel Collective’s film Stand Together!

Stand Together! documents the mass day of solidarity on 11th July 1977, in support of striking workers at Grunwick Film Processing Laboratories in Dollis Hill, London. Those at the centre of the pickets were mainly women workers who had moved to the UK from Kenya, Tanzania or Uganda. They had been  contending with both poor working conditions and not being able to join a workers’ union – at the time, dominated mostly by white males. The Grunwick dispute was an unsuccessful demand for trade union recognition that led to a two-year strike between 1976 and 1978.  The film was made for the Grunwick Strike Committee by the Newsreel Collective members of the Association of Cinematograph, Television and Allied Technicians (ACTT) and the Transport and General Workers’ Union.

Newsreel Collective was formed in 1973/4, I think with a grant from the BFI film production unit, with the remit to make simple solidarity films to support current struggles. The emphasis very much being on getting films out quickly to respond to the immediate situation, which in the mid to late 70s was quite volatile with worker actions taking place throughout the country and of course there was also the revolution in Portugal which the Newsreal documented.

    – Chris Thomas, Newsreel

Image descriptions:

1. A landscape graphic with protest placard like shapes emblazoned with the words ‘GIVE BIRTH TO ME TOMORROW’ in capitalised san serif font. The rectangular shapes splay out across a maroon background, overlapping one another.

2. A landscape film poster in bright block colours, red, yellow and green. Around the edge of the poster are people’s faces in monochrome red and white framed by green lines akin to film stock. Some people are smiling, some look at the camera. The faces frame an image of a protest in which a big gathering of people stand around a poster that reads ‘WE DEMAND UNION RECOGNITION. UNITE. OVERCOME’ in block capital letters. Below the protest image are the words ‘STAND TOGETHER!’ In red san serif capitals alongside information about the film, including length and format and that it was made in solidarity with the Grunwick Strikes.