Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: Our Daily Bread (1934)

Sunday, 11 August

Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: Our Daily Bread (1934)

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doors open at 20:30 * intro & film start at 21:00
OUR DAILY BREAD * 1934 * Directed by King Vidor * 80 minutes * In English

This is a pretty unusual film for when it was made, and actually it's a pretty unusual movie to be made in America at any time. It presents us with a situation that we are increasingly becoming familiar with – lack of housing, food prices rising like crazy, and not being able to afford anymore to live in big cities. The story takes place in the 1930s during the great depression, a time when the bankers went too far with their wheeling, dealing and money grubbing, causing a disaster.

Our main characters are a couple who have no place to live anymore but are  offered a worthless piece of land in the countryside. Their idea is to create their own Eden, but when faced with difficulties they realize that they are city people and have no idea how to do things like farming. The solution to the problem is by inviting other unemployed people to join them, and thereby creating a cooperative.

A film about collectivism and community and alternative societies, I think we are sadly missing these days. It's been called an anti-cynical film and no matter what you think of it, its enthusiasm whips up a semi-socialist alternative that includes exchange of labor, sharing food, bartering and solidarity. All of this is presented as an alternative to the dog eat dog capitalism and monopolization that was tearing apart the country. Some viewers have even aptly compared it to the early Russian-Ukrainian movies Alexander Dovzhenko.

Date & Time: 

Sunday, 11 August, 2024 - 21:00

Category: 

  • film
Joe's Garage
Pretoriusstraat 43
1092 EZ Amsterdam
Netherlands

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Train station Amsterdam Muiderpoort, 10 minutes walk --- Metro station Wibaustraat, 15 minutes walk --- Tram 19 or Bus 41, Bus/tramhalte: Oostpoort, 1 minute walk

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Presently squatted

Since June 2005, Joe's Garage is an autonomous squatted political social center, a meeting place in the Transvaal neighborhood for squatters and non-squatters, subsidy free, not for profit, self-organized and entirely run by volunteers.

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(July & August 2024)
Monday: 19:00, Volkseten Vegazulu
Tuesday: 19-20:30, Kraakspreekuur Oost
Wednesday: 18:00 Proxy Cafe*
Friday: 20:00 Aman molli*
Saturday: 14-18, Give Away Shop
Sunday: 18-20, Radical Sunday School*
Sunday: 20:30, Movie night*
Every 2nd Saturday of the month, 19:00-20:30, Joe’s Garage open assembly
Every 2nd Sunday of the month, 14:00-18:00, All Crafts Are Beautiful
(*) not weekly, check Radar before dropping by.

Weekly programme of film screenings in a circuit of underground / self-organised venues. Forgotten movies that should have been classics, neglected flics, lesser-known gems, always with a personal introduction by the programmer. All films in English, or with English subtitles.

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