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SURGE Film Festival World Premier: Golden Gloves! Then: Anarchist Bike Caravan Documentary

The Portland area A World Beyond Capitalism (AWBC) Organizers and Activists are helping to bring you SURGE! The Third Annual, International, Social Uprising, Resistance and Grassroots Encouragement (S.U.R.G.E.) Film Festival and Film Festival Network. World Premier: Golden Gloves! Then: Anarchist Bike Caravan Documentary. More info:  http://www.WeSURGE.org
Police patrol the Anarchist Bike Caravan
Police patrol the Anarchist Bike Caravan
Golden Gloves World Premier
Golden Gloves World Premier
The Portland area A World Beyond Capitalism (AWBC www.aworldbeyondcapitalism.org ) Organizers and Activists are helping to bring you:

SURGE! The Third Annual, International, Social Uprising, Resistance and Grassroots Encouragement (S.U.R.G.E.) Film Festival and Film Festival Network.

SURGE Runs from May 18th - May 21st!

SURGE Presents the World Premier:

Golden Gloves!

Admission to SURGE is completely free of charge and free refreshments will be served!

Below is a SURGE Poster with Golden Golves:

 http://aworldbeyondcapitalism.org/surge3/goldenglovesopeningnightposter.pdf

Below is a SURGE Schedule:
 http://www.aworldbeyondcapitalism.org/surge/SURGEVolunteerMeetingsFlyer.pdf

Statement of Encouragement from Leyla Leidecker, the Director of Golden Gloves, to the SURGE Film Festival Attendants:

"It's an honor to be the first film in your program. It is a world premier. As a fellow woman boxer I want to invite you into the locker rooms of amateur women boxers. I feel responsible to clear up a few misconceptions and clichés about these girls who box.
Women's boxing is not a curiosity anymore. It is a legitimate sport, looking for recognition and an equality of sportsmanship, offering women the same opportunities as men. But as of today, unfortunately, women still do not have the same rights in this sport as men. In amateur boxing nobody gets paid to fight. All you can hope for is a title and the honor to be champ in the city, state or country, or even in the Olympics.
However, boxing is the only sport on the Summer Olympics exclusively for men. In 2005 the International Olympic Committee voted "No" to the inclusion of women's boxing in the next Olympic Games in Beijing. This decision alone should be protested. But its effects in the USA are devastating, coming down to many broken dreams and lots of wasted talent. Because of this decision, amateur women's boxing gets no funding, so that while male
competitors receive monthly stipends, competition costs, and travel expenses, women have no rights to any of these funds. This part is the film's political message, calling for equal rights for women. I also wanted to introduce the public to these incredible women, who besides being very successful in their out-of-the-ring careers, show great sportsmanship and camaraderie to each other."


Then, after Golden Gloves:


Title of Film: Memories of Rain!
Time and Date: 6:15pm, Friday, May 18th, 2007
Time: The first day of the festival runs from 5:00pm-9pm.
Location: Olympia Freeschool Building, 610 Columbia Street SW, Olympia, WA 98501
Registration Fees: There are no registration fees. The entire event is free and refreshments will be served.

Memories of rain tells the story of Jenny C. and Kevin Q., two South Africans, she from the white world, he from the black, who fought as commanders in the intelligence service of the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC) against the Apartheid government.

The film is not a historical study of the armed struggle of the ANC but the story of two people's personal experiences, of how they grew up and became involved in the underground, of their goals and ideals, and of the struggle to maintain these when confronted with the dark side of a military conflict. It is the story of a life spent in exile which leads Kevin through the ANC military camps in Angola and Jenny through intelligence training in the former German Democratic Republic in East Berlin.

But it is also a story of working underground inside South Africa itself, of a life spent in camouphlage, of being cut off from normal society, a life of self-discipline so rigid that it threatens to destroy spontaneity, and leaves no space to live the empathy which motivated the young cadres in the first place. A life where the individual's needs succumb to those of the collective; a life of overburdening responsibility and of being driven to further and further extremes.

In the attitudes and experiences of Jenny and Kevin, and of those around them, a picture emerges of humanity and bravery, of dedication and sacrifice. But their lives are fraught, too, with pain and guilt, with doubt and disappointment as the contradictions of the armed struggle unfold around them.

Country of Production (CP): Germany Country of Filming(CF): South Africa


Statement of Encouragement from Angela Mai, the Director of Golden Gloves, to the SURGE Film Festival Attendants:

I should like to greet the audience, all those of you who have come to see our documentary film "Memories of Rain" today.

It is very encouraging when one meets or hears of people who remain committed to improving the lot of those in our world who are neglected, misused or exploited.

We hope you will enjoy meeting the people our film introduces you to. We found them very inspiring for they worked so hard to keep their humanity in an armed struggle which threatened to lose sight of the high moral standards it set out to achieve. Today South Africa needs them as much as during the era of Apartheid. The shadows of the past still hang over the present in South Africa causing resentment and anxiety as the country struggles to attain the goals they fought for in a globalised neo-liberal economy which tends to favour the rich and fails to include the poor.

We hope the film speaks to you and that you all have two thought-provoking and moving days! We shall be thinking of you.

Thank you.

-Angela Mai




Time and Date: 6:30pm, Friday, May 18th, 2007
Time: The first day of the festival runs from 5:00pm-9pm.
Location: Olympia Freeschool Building, 610 Columbia Street SW, Olympia, WA 98501
Registration Fees: There are no registration fees. The entire event is free and refreshments will be served.

Anarchist bicycle caravan -- with the theme, 'Money or Life' -- travels 500 miles across Europe to join protests in Prague against the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. The goal is to create a mobile utopian community which will be a living counter-example to the values of these powerful financial institutions. The landscape is beautiful, and bicycles possess their own poetry. But it's not always easy functioning without money; moreover, the authorities have their own ideas about policing the intersection of utopia and everyday life. And should the caravan succeed in getting to Prague, there's the matter of shutting down the World Bank/IMF meeting.

CF.Germany, Czech Republic




And afterwards:

Title of Film: Calcutta Hilton
Sonnagachi is the largest, most infamous sex district in Calcutta. Every day 20,000 men seek out the services of the 6,000 women who work there. Many of these women were stolen from their homes, some were tricked, others sold into prostitution by friends and family. In the class system of India, they languish at the bottom of the heap.

Most of the women in this district can neither read nor write. Some earn only the money their madams give them and as they often can't count, are frequently swindled at the markets as if they were visiting tourists.

In 1999 Kerry and Annie Hilton decided to leave their idyllic lifestyle in Albany, New Zealand and move to India to help the poor. When they unwittingly moved their family into Sonnagachi, the poor they found themselves helping were prostitutes.

Realising that to make a real difference charity just wouldn't cut it, the Hiltons set about creating a viable business, teaching the women to read and write as well as training them to become skilled workers and business women. After much product research and market testing, Kerry decided that manufacturing jute bags for export would be a realistic proposition. They called the business Freeset and signed up their first business partners: 20 older women from the district who were - albeit reluctantly - willing to give foreigners with good intentions another go.

Evie Ashton traveled to Calcutta to meet the Hilton family, their four gorgeous kids, and the indomitable women the Hiltons call family

CP-New Zealand, CF- India, New Zealand

Presenter Evie Ashton with some of the women at Freeset.

And thats just the films showing on the first day of the SURGE Film Festival! The festival runs from May 18th through May 21st! Join us!
Everything is free, as it should be!

Get in touch with us before hand so that we can schedule Portland and Surrounding area volunteer meet-up events leading up to this event.


SURGE! The Third Annual, International, Social Uprising, Resistance and Grassroots Encouragement (S.U.R.G.E.) Film Festival and Film Festival Network - http://www.WeSurge.org

SURGE is co-sponsored by the Annual International Love, Imagine, Network and Kindness (L.I.N.K.) 2007 Symposium, Film Festival and Film Festival Network
-  http://www.blueskylink.org

homepage: homepage: http://www.WeSurge.org