Cinema of the Revolution

The Hour of the Furnaces 15 (S)

The Hour of the Furnaces

One of the key films of the 1960s, don’t miss this extremely rare chance to see on the big screen the film that established the paradigm of revolutionary activist cinema.

An impassioned three-part documentary of the liberation struggle waged throughout Latin America, the film uses Argentina as an historical example of the imperialist exploitation of the continent. The first part, Neo-Colonialism and Violence, is an historical, geographic, and economic analysis of Argentina and Part Two, An Act For Liberation, examines the ten-year reign of Juan Perón (1945-55) and the activities of the Peronist movement after his fall from power. The final part, Violence and Liberation, studies the role of violence in the national liberation process and constitutes a call for action.

Made in clandestine circumstances under a dictatorship, back in the 1960s every screening of the film in Argentina was done so at great risk to create a “liberated space, a decolonised territory” within which the film could be stopped for as long as necessary to allow discussions and debates. Several screenings lead to military confrontations. Indeed, to attend a screening was in itself a political act, transforming spectators into responsible historical subjects, not because they did or did not agree with the content of the film, but by virtue of the very decision to attend, despite the threat.

Attending our screening won’t put a black mark against your name but missing out on it could be seen as a treacherous act against cinema in the eyes of cinephiles everywhere.

Presented in partnership with Bristol Festival of Ideas with support from Bristol Radical Film Festival.

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