Movie Night: “Communists on Campus!”

Movie Night: “Communists on Campus!”

Take a break from studying for exams and come out to an end-of-semester social night hosted by RSM-Sudbury. There will be popcorn, camaraderie and a screening of an unintentionally hilarious anti-communist documentary from the Cold War era.

When: This Thursday, March 30, 6:30-8pm.
Where: Room C-102, Classroom Building, Laurentian University.

Communists on Campus is a crude attempt by a right-wing U.S. lobby group to “expose” communist activity in the student, black liberation, and anti-war movements of the 60s, with comically off-base results. The movie desperately uses every anti-communist trope in the book, embodying the capitalists’ deep dread of being overthrown by the workers and oppressed peoples. Fortunately the subject matter is given a chance to speak for itself through extended footage of young militants from progressive and revolutionary groups of the time; they are shown giving speeches and interviews, organizing strikes and armed campus occupations, and working to unite forces against U.S. imperialism and the Vietnam War.

There will be an open discussion after the movie, plus a quick presentation from RSM to help debunk its Cold War clichés, explore the actual role of revolutionaries in the student movement, and connect it with RSM’s local and pan-Canadian work. There will also be Marxist literature and hand-made swag on sale to raise funds for the club.

Please invite friends to the Facebook event and share it widely! Everyone is welcome to attend. The venue is accessible. Entry is $0 (donations welcome).

 

RSM Movie Night: SNOWPIERCER

RSM Movie Night: SNOWPIERCER

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When: This Friday, February 26, 5-8pm
Where: Movie Room @ Single Students Residence, Laurentian University

In the near future, a failed experiment to avert global warming kills all life on the planet, except for a lucky few who take refuge on a train that travels endlessly around the globe with a special engine at its head. Soon a class society with two main poles emerges on the train. On the one hand, a powerful minority who control the engine and live lavishly with their allies and protectors at the front of the train; on the other, a huge dominated underclass confined to the darkness and squalor of the back.

As contradictions sharpen aboard the train, the tail sections launch a revolutionary charge aimed at taking power from their oppressors at the front. But to finally control the engine, they must overcome great material and ideological obstacles, distinguish friends from enemies, unite all who can be united under their revolutionary leadership, build real solidarity by fighting oppressive divides within their own ranks, and resist the temptations of reformism and retreat.

Snowpiercer gives an unflinching, ultimately optimistic view of what it will take to win. Entry is free but donations are welcome. Popcorn will be served and there will be an open discussion after the movie. Venue is accessible. Free parking available at Lot 7 across from West Residence.

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Movie and Discussion – ‘Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance’

Movie and Discussion – ‘Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance’

The Indigenous Students Circle and the Revolutionary Student Movement – Sudbury invite you to a free screening of Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, an award-winning documentary about the Mohawk resistance to theft of their land by the Canadian state in the summer of 1990. The event will be held on Thursday, December 3, 6-9pm at the Lower Fraser Auditorium (FA-054), Fraser Building, Laurentian University.

One of the finest works by Indigenous filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, this is the definitive on-the-ground record of the just rebellion of the Mohawk Nation against the forces of settler-colonialism. The armed stand-off between the Mohawk Warriors vs the Canadian army and Québécois police was sparked when the latter laid siege to a pine forest near Kanehsatake, home to a traditional Mohawk cemetery, which had been occupied by the Warriors in protest against the planned expansion of a golf course onto the territory. The government’s aim was to secure the land in the interests of the Canadian bourgeoisie, which has lived and grown off the oppression and exploitation of Indigenous peoples for centuries.

The stand-off lasted for over two months, with the colonial Canadian state showing to all the world its ugly face by unleashing its full arsenal of repression against the Warriors: thousands of soldiers deployed, arrests made, trumped up charges pressed, fascist settler groups given room to terrorize the Mohawk community. This powerful documentary takes you right into the thick of an important episode in the long history of Indigenous struggle against dispossession and genocide. The result is a portrait of the people behind the barricades, giving insight into the Mohawks’ unyielding determination to protect their lands.

The screening will be followed by a discussion of the film’s events, connecting them to the present plight of Indigenous people, and drawing out the important lessons that cannot fail to inform ongoing struggles for national liberation and social revolution in this country today.

Snacks will be served. Venue is accessible. Support available on site. Donations are welcome and will go toward supporting future events organized by the RSM and the ISC.

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Film Screening and Discussion – Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance

On November 27th at 6:00PM, the Revolutionary Student Movement – University of Toronto, will be holding a film screening of “Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance”.

The film is a documentary on the Mohawk resistance against the Canadian state during the Oka crisis.

Following the screening, there will be a discussion surrounding the struggles of Indigenous peoples against the forces of settler colonialism and Canadian imperialism.

The event will be held at 6:00PM in University College, Room 244.

Snacks will be provided!

Revolutionary Student Movement All Saints Day Film Screening and Social

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Join the revolutionary students movement for a tongue in cheek look at some anti communist propaganda, eat delicious food, and play Halloween themed games!

The film we will watch is called “If footmen tire you, what will horses do?”, which is a Cold War era anti-communist propaganda film.

Here is the synopsis from IMDB:

“Based on the preachings of Reverend Estus W. Pirkle, this film warns what will happen to America if the citizens do not give up their depraved ways and turn to God and Jesus for salvation. Communist infiltrators, the “footmen”, will pave the way for an all out invasion by weakening our will through TV, dance, rock music and alcohol. Once the invasion begins, the new Communist government will proceed to round up all Christians, and either execute them or force them to undergo re-education. Only by putting their faith in the bible where it belongs, says Rev. Pirkle, can America resist the coming Red Menace.”