INCARCERATED CINEMA 8th – 29th MAY 2014

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London ABC presents a season of films at Goldsmiths University depicting struggle and resistance behind prisons walls.

Screening 1 RHB small cinema
Thursday the 8th of May 7.30 pm: Scum (1977) This is the hard and shocking story of life in a British Borstal for young offenders.

Screening 2 RHB 136
Thursday the 15th of May 7.30 pm: A Prophet (2009) A young Arab man is sent to a French prison where he becomes a mafia kingpin.

Screening 3 RHB small cinema
Thursday the 22nd of May 7.30 pm: Cool hand Luke (1967) A man refuses to conform to life in a rural prison.

Screening 4 RHB 356
Thursday the 29th of May 7.30: Attica (1980) The story of the 1971 Attica prison rebellion and the brutal state repression.

Screenings will be followed by Q&A with memebers of London ABC

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Goldsmiths,
University of London,
SE14 6NW
London,

Ihar Alinevich‘s On the Way to Magadan


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On December, 10, the International Human Rights Day, the Belarusian PEN Centre and Radio Liberty announced the winners of Frantsishak Aliakhnovich award for the best work written in prison. Ironically, as the award is often called ‘prisonous’ its founders would like it to become a thing of the past as soon as possible.

The jury state that in the course of selection procedure they were guided by artistic values of the books rather than the description of prison’s grave realities.

In 2013, Ihar Alinevich‘s book On the Way to Magadan based on his diary was published. The jury recognized Mr Alinevich as the first winner comprised some writers who had experienced prison first hand.

‘Firstly, this book is second to none talking not only about all the books about the man in prison written in Belarus but about world literature in general. Secondly, it was published before the rest and made a greater emotional impression on people. Thirdly, the author’s courage counts,’ Uladzimir Niakliayeu, a poet and ex-political prisoner, says.

On the Way to Magadan is well known not only in Belarus, but also abroad. It has been translated into several European languages.

‘As many as three books have already got to Butyrka [the largest detention centre in Moscow], and people have to wait a bit to borrow it. Prisons’ walls are equally solid in Russia, Spain or Ukraine, they say. Maybe, they are even stronger in Belarus than in other countries,’ Valiantsina Alinevich, the winner’s mother, says. Mrs Alinevich received the prize on behalf of her son; the woman repeatedly voiced support to him, which might well have led to her facing problems at work.

The award was named as a tribute to Frantsishak Aliakhnovich, a Belarusian writer, journalist and Gulag survivor. His experience provided a basis for his 1934 book of In the Claws of the GPU.

Ihar Alinevich was sentenced to 8 years of imprisonment in a high-security correctional institution being adjudged guilty of arsoning the Russian Embassy building in Minsk. He did not plead guilty to the charge.

To Download a copy follow this link  http://abc-belarus.org/?p=3890&lang=en

London ABC Winter Letter Writing Afternoon, Sunday 15th Dec, 2013

As you sit in your cold damp overpriced flat in london contemplating the above inflation ticket price increase in the new year. Spare a thought for those imprisoned within the prisons structures in london the UK and all over the world Unable to walk out of there cell and head to the nearest warm pub or more importantly seek the support of friends and loved ones who provide support while struggling against ever increasing waves of oppression and brutality inside prison.

1990 Strangeways prison riot - london abc christmas card
1990 Strangeways prison riot – london abc christmas card

Come join London ABC at freedom bookshop on Sunday 15th December at 2.00 pm. To write letters and sign cards to send to comrades struggling all over the world. From anti-fascists to feminists no radical movement is not under vicious and coordinated attack by states and security agencies determined to totally crush resistance to capitalist oppression.

LDN ABC

Sunday 15th 2.00 pm

freedom bookshop, angel alley 84b whitechapel high street, london, E1 7QX