WORKING CLASS HERO - HERO OF THE WORKING CLASS
Two films by director Ken Loach
In Naturfreundehaus Höhenhaus see Liverpool as part of the Cologne-cultural
festival "EIGHT DAYS A WEEK, the second" rather than next
to an exhibition of photographs by George McKane from the traditional
working-class district of Liverpool Everton two other events. Under
the title "Hero of the Working Class" (after the song "Working
Class Hero" by John Lennon), two feature films by British director
Ken Loach shown. Loach (born 1936) have been told for decades in a
documentary style empathetic everyday stories from the lives of workers
and ordinary people in the difficult conditions of capitalism and
Like any other director Loach succeed in his movies for decades the
link between politics and poetry, the description of individual life
histories, social dramas and social contexts, consternation and critical
"Kes" is the feature film made in 1969, on the 17th
October stands at 19.30 clock on the program. Loach manages
to the example of a 15-year-old boy a moving portrayal of the
English working class at the end of the 1960s.
"Land and Freedom" is a feature film Loach from 1995,
on the 24th October will be shown at 19.30 clock.
It tells the story of an unemployed worker, Liverpool and communists,
who in 1936 volunteered for the International Brigade in the
Spanish Civil War in order to fight against the forces of fascism.
17th October 2012, 19.30 clock
Director: Ken Loach, UK, 1969, 106 minutes.
The 14-year-old Billy Casper growing up poor in the town of Barnsley
in northern England. He is bored and just gets bad grades in school.
His life changes when he finds a small falcon and raising him. Every
day he spends several hours with him and finds a friend in the raptor.
English teacher Farthing is aware of his student Billy, and he encouraged
the boys in the class a lecture on the rearing of keeping "Kes".
The teacher is the only one who considered Kes with respect and not
just as a "toy" by Billy. One day, Billy is always dominant
by his older brother sent to the betting shop to complete a horse
bet for the brother. Billy buys but the money for something to eat,
so he brings his brother to a high winnings. The brother then kills
Kes. The film, "And began to a hawk" on the youth book is
based on Barry Hines, paints a bleak picture of the social conditions
in the working class areas of England. Labor and hopelessness characterize
the society at that time. Ken Loach's film is a documentary character,
caused by the fact that besides the teacher Farthing all roles are
filled by non-professional actors.
24th October 2012, 19.30 clock
LAND AND FREEDOM
Director: Ken Loach, Germany / UK / Spain, 1995, 109 minutes
Liverpool in 1994: A young woman finds her grandfather David unconscious
lying on the sofa. On the way to the hospital he died. After his death,
she finds an old trunk in the closet with letters, newspaper clippings,
photographs and a container filled with earth red bandana. She starts
her to reconstruct the unknown biography of her grandfather. Decided
in 1936, the young unemployed David, a British Communist, to draw
Spain in the fight against the fascist forces of General Franco He
joins a group of revolutionary militia of the POUM and experienced
on the Aragon front in Barcelona and the turmoil of the Spanish Civil
War. Firstly, the unequal struggle against Franco's troops, on the
other hand, the internal conflict on the Republican side. And finally,
the longing, the solidarity and continuity, but also the disappointments
in the long history of the labor movement in the struggle for freedom
and another, a fairer world.
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