Uptight18

Directed by Jules Dassin | USA | 1968 | 1h 44m | Starring Raymond St. Jacques, Ruby Dee, Frank Silvera, Roscoe Lee Browne, Julian Mayfield

Following the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King, Cleveland’s African American community is on a knife-edge. Johnny, a charismatic black revolutionary, embarks on a mission to procure firearms from a warehouse, bracing for the impending eruption of violence. Yet, the air is thick with the scent of betrayal, and Johnny’s plans face internal threats. Director Jules Dassin (blacklisted for his activism and communist sympathies in the early 1950s) collaborated with black actors and activists Ruby Dee and Julian Mayfield on the script for this riveting reworking of Liam O’Flaherty’s novel “The Informer”.

Reviews

‘There’s no backsliding, toward a conciliatory moderate conclusion. The passions and beliefs of black militants are presented head-on, with little in the way of comfort for white liberals.’
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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Today (Tuesday 18th June)

20:30

The Beast 15
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Tomorrow (Wednesday 19th June)

15:30

The Beast 15
2h 27m | French w/ English subtitles
As a woman (Léa Seydoux) undergoes a procedure to rid her DNA of all feelings, she crosses paths with a man from her past lives. An ambitious dystopian sci-fi from acclaimed French filmmaker Bertrand Bonello.

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18:30

Bye Bye Tiberias Cert-TBC
1h 22m | Arabic w/ English subtitles
Palestinian documentary following actress Hiam Abbass as she returns to her hometown and reconnects with the women in her family. Showing as part of the 2024 SAFAR Film Festival.

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