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A biennial event, the festival is thematically curated and the editions of 2016 and 2018 take their inspiration from George Orwell's The Road To Wigan Pier. This year the festival will, according to director Rebecca Shatwell, present "work by artists and filmmakers who situate themselves in relation to historic and contemporary political struggle, revolution and social movements, creating new forms of resistance to neoliberal capitalism".

The festival will run from February 27 to March 27 at a range of venues across the north-east of England.

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 We Are The Lambeth Boys
We Are The Lambeth Boys
Follows a group of teenagers at work and in their leisure time, giving them space to express their frustrations and aspirations.
Refuge England
Refuge England
The film records the experiences of a Hungarian refugee arriving in London with no English, little money and with his only prospect of help an incomplete address written on a postcard.
Revue
Revue
Based on archive propaganda newsreels produced in the USSR in the 1950s and 60s.
Nightcleaners
Nightcleaners
A documentary about the campaign to unionise underpaid and victimised women who clean office blocks at night.
Utopias
Utopias
A series of individuals explain what socialism means to them.
A Dream From The Bath
A Dream From The Bath
Response to the 1985 Films Act.
Words For Battle
Words For Battle
Poetry and excerpts considering conflict.
Listen To Britain
Listen To Britain
A symphony of sounds in a day in the life of Britain during wartime.
The Silent Village
The Silent Village
The true story of the massacre of a small Czech village by the Nazis is retold as if it happened in Wales.
Spare Time
Spare Time
A look at how industry workers spend their off-hours.
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