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VPC - Brought to you by: Victoria Goods for Cuba Campaign, Victoria in Solidarity with Venezuela, Victoria Peace Coalition, Students Against War, Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group (VIPIRG). Thanks to all our volunteers, B.C. Government Employees Union & the University of Victoria.



Friday Night November 3
2994 Douglas (BCGEU Hall)
* 7:00 pm   Speakers: Irma Gonzalez & Elisabeth Palmeiro
* 9:00 pm   Mission Against Terror

Saturday  November 4
Elliot Bldg. Room 168 - UVIC
* 1:00 pm   Venezuela Rising
* 2:15 pm   Great Day in Havana
* 4:30 pm   Tuning With the Enemy
* 7:00 pm   Bleeding Afghanistan: presentation by authors Sonali Kolhatkar and James Ingall
*7:000 pm   Road to Guantanamo                         
Sunday  November 5
Elliot Bldg. Room 168 - UVIC

* 1:00 pm  Talking of Power                                    
* 2:10 pm  The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil                  
* 3:30 pm  Ch?vez, Venezuela and the New Latin America                         
* 4:35 pm  On the Hillside of the Himalayas                            

* 7:00 pm  Iraq for Sale                               
* 8:30 pm  Clandestinos                                
Speakers & Films

Friday, November 3 - 7:00 pm
2994 Douglas (BCGEU Hall)


Our opening night will be dedicated to the five Cuban men who have been falsely accused in 1998 of committing conspiracy against the US. The Cuban Five were actually trying to stop terrorist groups from carrying out violent actions against Cuba. The kangaroo court, a political witch hunt in Miami where a Cuban could never get a fair trial, condemned them to extreme sentences. Irma Gonzalez, the daughter of Ren? Gonzalez and Elisabeth Palmeiro, the wife of Ramon Laba?ino, are on a cross-Canada tour to raise awareness of their father/husband's wrongful conviction. They hope that by bringing their story to Canadians more people will learn of the plight of the Cuban Five in US jails so pressure for their release will grow.

Friday, November 3 - 9:00 pm
2994 Douglas (BCGEU Hall)


48 min 2004 Spanish with English subtitles, colour
Directors: Bernie Dwyer & Roberto Ruiz Rebo

This film is an Irish-Cuban co-production that exposes the facts about the decades-long struggle against terror launched from the shores of the United States against the peoples of Cuba. As the title implies, the story articulates the heroic actions of those who risked all to defend the peoples of both countries against acts of terrorism, conceived to achieve a rulership of hate. Five of those patriots of justice languish in federal prisons throughout the United States, convicted in political show trials of trumped-up charges ranging from conspiracy to commit espionage to conspiracy to commit murder.

Saturday, November 4 - 1:00 pm
Elliot Bldg. Room 168 - UVIC


65 min 2004 Spanish with English subtitles, colour
Director: Jennifer Wager

As seen through the eyes of grandmother and community organizer Gladys Bolivar, the documentary follows her and her compatriots five days before it is to be decided by popular referendum whether Venezuelan President Hugo Ch?vez will continue in office or step down. Most in Venezuela feel that no less than the entire future of their country is at stake. Venezuela Rising gets behind the headlines and into the neighbourhoods of Caracas to find out how participatory democracy works on the ground.

Saturday, November 4 - 2:15 pm
Elliot Bldg. Room 168 - UVIC


127 min 2000 Spanish with English subtitles, colour
Director: Laurie Ann Schag

This film offers a look at the literal state of the arts in Cuba's capital city. Sculptor Pedro "Pulido" Gonzalez, performance artist Tania Bruguera, singer and song writer Carlos Varela, and jazz musicians Ele Valdez and Carlos Alfonso all discuss their work, the political climate in Cuba, their feelings about Fidel Castro, and their views on America's economic blockade against their nation. Elio Ruiz, a filmmaker born in Cuba who now lives elsewhere, also lends his perspectives on Cuba's large exile community. Yareli Arizmendi narrates.

Saturday, November 4 - 4:30 pm
Elliot Bldg. Room 168 - UVIC


50 min English & Spanish with subtitles, colour
Director: Director: Sarah Harbin

Cuba has a highly educated, extremely musical population, yet due to the American embargo, hundreds of trained pianists must struggle with barely working instruments. US citizen Benjamin Treuhaft started Send a Piana to Havana, an organization whose primary purpose is that of collecting used pianos and sending them, along with trained piano tuners, to Cuba. For two weeks each year, these tuners form a brigade and invade Cuba on a mission of musical mercy. This delightful film gives a view of Cuban daily life where humour helps its hard-pressed musicians overcome obstacles.

Saturday, November 4 - 7:00 pm
Elliot Bldg. Room 168 - UVIC

BLEEDING AFGHANISTAN: Washington, Warlords and the Propaganda of Silence


Through in-depth research and detailed historical context authors Sonali and James will report on the injustice of US policies in Afghanistan. Their newly released book: Bleeding Afghanistan examines the ways the US benefits from being in Afghanistan, the exploitation of Afghani women and the media's coverage of US policies.

Saturday, November 4 - 9:00 pm
Elliot Bldg. Room 168 - UVIC

90 min 2006 English, colour
Director: Michael Winterbottom & Mat Whitecross

In 2001, four young Pakistani-Britons travel to Pakistan for a wedding. In an a urge of idealism they decide to see the situation in a war-torn Afghanistan which is being bombed in retaliation for the 9/11 attacks. Once there, one of them is lost in wartime chaos; the others are captured by Northern Alliance fighters. They are then handed over to the American Forces who transport them to the prison camp at the Guantanamo Bay base in Cuba. This is followed by three years of relentless imprisonment, interrogation and torture in an attempt to make them sign false confessions of being terrorists. In the midst of this abuse, the three struggle to keep their spirits up in the face of this grave injustice.

Sunday, November 5 - 1:00 pm
Elliot Bldg. Room 168 - UVIC


62 min 2005 Spanish with English subtitles, colour
Director: Nina Lopez

From the hills of Caracas to the banks of the Orinoco, the grassroots tell how they are changing our world. Talking of Power is an exciting documentary that offers a glimpse of new ways of re-making the world and women's role at the heart of it.

Sunday, November 5 - 2:10 pm
Elliot Bldg. Room 168 - UVIC


68 min 2006 Spanish with English subtitles, colour
Director: Faith Morgan

This just-released film tells the story of the Cuban people's hardship, ingenuity and triumph over sudden adversity-through cooperation, conservation and community. Until 1990 Cuba got all its oil from the Soviet Union. When the USSR collapsed, Cuba faced an artificial Peak Oil, that came more suddenly than the real one will.As the world approaches Peak Oil, Cuba - 16 years later - gives us an invaluable example of how to successfully address these challenges.

Sunday, November 5 - 3:30 pm
Elliot Bldg. Room 168 - UVIC


55 min 2004 Spanish with English subtitles, colour
Director: Aleida Guevara

In February 2004, Aleida Guevara, Che's daughter, conducted an extensive interview with Hugo Ch?vez, president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, exploring Venezuela's explosive revolutionary terrain post-April 2002-when Hugo Ch?vez survived a coup attempt instigated by the United States.

Sunday, November 5 - 4:35 pm
Elliot Bldg. Room 168 - UVIC


38 min 2006 Spanish with English subtitles, colour
Director: Roberto Chile

An up to date documentary of the Cuban doctors treating the traumatized people of Pakistan after the huge earthquake that killed 80,000 just over one year ago. A very moving testament to international solidarity and the power of commitment to overcome human differences. This is the same team offered by Cuba to treat the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The offer was refused by the US.

Sunday, November 5 - 7:00 pm
Elliot Bldg. Room 168 - UVIC


76 min 2006 English, colour
Director: Robert Greenwald

This film takes you inside the lives of soldiers, truck drivers, widows and children who have been changed forever as a result of profiteering in the reconstruction of Iraq. Iraq for Sale uncovers the connections between private corporations making a killing in Iraq and the decision makers who allow them to do so.

Sunday, November 5 - 8:30 pm
Elliot Bldg. Room 168 - UVIC


98 min. 1987 Spanish with English subtitles, colour
Director: Fernando P?rez

The classic Cuban film centers on a love affair between two Cuban youth and their struggle in urban underground movement against Fulgenico Batista in the late 1950s. Suspenseful and inspiring, it portrays the heroism of the Cuban youth and their sacrifices that brought the Revolution to fruition.


Susan Clarke

Victoria Peace Coalition
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