100+ Days: Free Our Mapuche Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike! Int’l Day of Solidarity

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100+ Days: Free Our Mapuche Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike!

Call for Int’l Day of Solidarity

Four Mapuche Political Prisoners in the Penitentiary Centre of Temuco [so-called southern Chile] are currently reaching over 110 days on hunger strike, protesting the conditions of their judicial processes  under the Pinochet era Anti-Terrorist Law.

Throughout their judicial process, they have subjected to internationally condemned abusive and irregular practices under the legislation, which has allowed for the use of anonymous witnesses and prolonged periods pre-trial detention in their case. Our Mapuche brothers, Lonko [Chief] Alfredo Tralcal Coche, Ariel Alexis Trangol Galindo, Benito Rubén Trangol Galindo, and Pablo Iván Trangol Galindo, have already endured over a year of pre-trial detention with no indication of their case being brought to the courts in the forseable future.

Their demands are:

(1) A right to due process,

(2) Stopping the application of the Anti-Terrorist Law;

(3) Overturning the pre-trial custody conditions for the Mapuche Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike.

During the hunger strike, Chilean authorities have increased their repression against mobilized Mapuche communities in resistance, increasingingly militarizing indigenous territory, and carrying out a wave of arrests in the last few weeks. These arrests have specifically targeted movement leaders and community elders, currently also being held in pre-trail detention, including Daniel Melinao of the Wente Winkul Mapu community, and Hector Llaitul of the Arauco Malleco Coordinator of Communities in Conflict (CAM).

Family and hunger strike support networks had previously called for a 72-hour ultimatum on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 for the Chilean government to respond to prisoner demands. However, the deadline passed without so much as a whisper from authorities.

Mapuche communites have stated these actions confirm the genocidal colonial policies that the Chilean State has always applied against indigenous peoples, calling on international support for the Mapuche hunger strikers who are clinging to life while in prison.


Therefore, the WCCC is calling for an International Day of Solidarity on Thursday,  September 28th, in response to the call to action made by indigenous Mapuche communities in resistance to support of our Mapuche brothers on hunger strike.

If you would like to join this Day of Solidarity through protests/rallies/marches etc, email us at wccc_98 [at] hotmail.com.

NOTE: Depending on the conditions on the ground, this date may change.

For the Reclamation, Reconstruction and Liberation of our Mapuche Nation!

Amulepe Taiñ Weichan!


Called by: The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto]

For more information, see https://wccctoronto.wordpress.com/.


107+ Days on Hunger Strike: Mapuche Political Prisoners Cling to Life as Chilean Government ignores 72 Ultimatum [Malleko Communities in Resistance + Wente Winkul Mapu]

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Wallmapu: 47 Logging Trucks Destroyed as The Trial of 10 Mapuche Political Prisoners Begins


During the night of August 19, 18 logging trucks burned in Wallmapu. The action this time was claimed by the Mapuche group Weichan Auka Mapu in solidarity with the 10 Mapuche Political Prisoners that faced trial the next day.

The torched trucks were still smoking when a strong security presence was put into operation at the court of Temuco to begin the great judicial theater. The aim is to use the anti-terrorist law to condemn the incendiary attack that caused the death of the landowner Luchsinger Mackay on January 4th, 2013.

Those charged under the anti-terrorist are: José Tralcal Coche, Juan Segundo Tralcal Coche, Juan Segundo Tralcal Quidel, Luis Sergio Tralcal Quidel, José Arturo Córdoba Tránsito, Aurelio Catrilaf Parra, Eliseo Catrilaf Romero, Sergio Catrilaf Marilef, Sabino Catrilef Quidel and Francisca Linconao.

During the first week of trial, a new attack again ignited the capitalist interests in Wallmapu. 29 trucks were burnt to the ground. Leaflets left in the sector clarified the authorship and intentions of the massive attack: “No to the Luchsinger Mackay set-up. Freedom to all Mapuche Political Prisoners! Fire and sabotage to the forest industry”.

It is expected that the inquisitorial process will last for a couple of months.

Solidarity with the Mapuche Political Prisoners!

Down with all the prisons!

(via Publicacion Refractario, translated by Insurrection News)

Distributed by: The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu


Communique WCCC [Toronto] | Communicado

150 YEARS OF OCCUPATION 1The Women’s Coordinating Committee [Toronto] wishes to express their most sincere thanks to all those who participated and volunteered in organizing “Stolen Land: 150+ Years of Occupation Exploitation and Genocide” this past July 1st, 2017. This political solidarity event of resistance was carried out in the framework of the Day of Action against the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Canadian state on stolen indigenous lands.

Despite all the despicable celebrations made by the Canadian State for alienated Canadian and yanacona masses, they couldn’t stop the resistance on the streets, and the interruption of offcial governmental events. On the night of July 1st, we had over 200 people in attendance at our evening event, which filled the University of Toronto residence hall to capacity. It a symbolic event that was dedicated to our Mapuche Nation, with a heartfelt homage to our Mapuche Weichafe, Luis Marileo and Patricio Gonzalez, who were shot and killed by police in the El Encino estate and our Mapuche Political Prisoners currently on hunger strike in so-called southern Chile.

Denouncing the crimes against humanity and genocide committed by the Canadian state in the national and international occupation of territories, the repression of the Mapuche people by the Chilean state, as well as testimonies of affected indigenous communities was incredibly impacting.

We give thanks to all those who volunteered to help us during the event, to the tech and video support team, and others many of whom did so spontaneously to help accommodate the people who came en mass that evening, specifically the Toronto Anarchist Reading Group. To the organizations and communities who participated, especially to the local Afghan community, Actions4Palestine, OCAI, and especially the indigenous Six Nations and Mi’kmaq representatives and communities who spoke in the event. To our indigenous sisters who gather every Sunday at Allen Gardens to hand out food and clothing to neighbours and those in need, presenting their powerful traditional songs. To the artists that finalized the program, sharing their performances in generous solidarity. To those who anonymously place their grain of sand in support, as well as the public who came out.

Since this was a free event with no admission, we passed around a bucket to help collect funds for those that came from afar. We raised over $500, which were entirely given to the Mi’kmaq representative, and other donations were given to cover travel costs of other indigenous land defenders and volunteers. Thanks to all the political organizations, individual and social collectives that endorsed the event.

Much Newen [Energy] to everyone!

Free the Palestinian Political Prisoners incarcerated in the dungeons of the Zionist regime of Israel!

Free all our Mapuche Political Prisoners on hunger strike in so-called southern Chile!

Capitalism, colonialism and imperialism out of our territories!

Weuwaiñ!! Marrichiweu!!

The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto]


La Coordinadora de Mujeres por un Wallmapu Libre, Toronto, desea manifestar publicamente su mas sentido agradecimiento a todas y todos los que participaron y ayudaron este 1 de Julio en “Stolen Land: 150 años de ocupacion, explotacion y genocidio.” Este evento politico de solidaridad y resistencia, se dio dentro del marco del Dia de accion llamado por – y en oposicion – a las celebraciones de los 150 años del establecimiento del estado canadiense en tierra indigena.

Pese a todas las celebraciones impurias que el estado canadiense hizo para la enajenante masa canadiense y Yanakonas , no se pudo impedir la resistencia en las calles, la interrupcion de los eventos oficiales e inagurciones a personeros de gobieno y que en la noche mas de 200 personas, rellenaran, la residencia universitaria de la Universidad de Toronto en un simbolico evento que fue dedicado a nuestro pueblo Nacion Mapuche, donde se realizo un sentido homenaje a los dos Weichafe Mapuche, Luis Marileo and Patricio Gonzalez, quene sfueron asesinados en el fundo El Encino y a los Presos Politicos Mapuche con mas de 3 semanas de huelga de hambre.

La denuncia a los crimenes de lesa humanidad y genocidio cometidos por el estado canadiense en la ocupacion nacional e internacional de territorios, la represion del estado chileno, contra el pueblo Nacion mapuche, mas la denuncia de testimonios que de las mismas comunidades indigenas invitadas surgieron, fue impresionante.

Damos las gracias a todos, los que ayudaron, de modo espntaneo en el acomodamiento de la gente, que llego en masa al evento, a los que ayudaron a nivel tecnico y fotografico, en especial al colectivo Toronto Anarchist Reading Group. A las organizaciones y comunidades participantes en especial, la comunidad de Afganistan, Action for Palestina,y al colectivo OCAI, como la participacion de las comunidades indigenas de las Seis Naciones y del territorio Mi’kmaq. A nuestras hermanas que ayudan todos los domingos aqui en lo local, con las ollas comunes para los desposeidos, sin casa en el area de alex garden trayendo esta vez sus hermosos cantos tradicionales. A los artistas que finalizaron el programa y aportaron con su arte en forma generosa y solidaria. A los que siempre ponen su grano de arena en forma anonima, y al publico.

Por ser este un evento politico con una admision totalmente libre, se hizo una colecta al final, para poder ayudar a los que venian de lejos. Se reunieron 500 dolares, los cuales se entregaron integramente a la representante Mi’kmaq. otras donaciones se hicieron para cubrir gastos de bencina y ticket de bus inter urbano de otras participantes.
Gracias a todas las organizaciones politicas, colectivos individuales y sociales que endorsaron el evento.
Mucho Newen para todas y todos!
Libertad a los presos politicos Palestinos, encerrados en las cloacas del regimen sionista de Israel!
Libertad a Todos los Presos Politicos Mapuches en huelga de hambre alla en el Wallmapu, mal llamado sur de Chile!
Capitalismo, colonialismo e imperialismo: Fuera de nuestros territorios!
Weuwaiñ!! Marrichiweu!!

The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto]

Suzanne Patless in Toronto | Stolen Land! 150+ Years of Occupation, Exploitation & Genocide


150+ Years of Occupation, Exploitation & Genocide

A night of Solidarity in Anti-Colonial, Anti-Capitalist and Anti-Imperialist Resistance! Dedicated to our fallen Mapuche Weichafe [Warriors], Luis Marileo and Patricio González, shot and killed by Chilean police on June 11th, 2017

JULY 1ST, 2017 @ 7PM – 

Woodsworth College Residence  

312 Bloor Street West, rm 30

University of Toronto 

Featuring Special Guest Speaker:

SUZANNE PATLES of the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society

Melissa Elliott from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory

Drumming by the indigenous grassroots Allan Gardens Sunday Lunch and Clothing Drive Group

Other Speakers Include:

Sue Goldstein – Actions4Palestine

Suraia Sahar – Grassroots organizers of the Afghan Community

Rachelle Friesen – Organizing Committee Against Islamophobia (OCAI)

Anna Saini and YES – No One Is Illegal (NOII)

Kate Klein – Mining Injustice Solidarity Network MISN

Performances by: 

MC LEE REED & Special Surprise Guests

Spoken word by Lindsay Ganohsanohwe Bomberry directly from Six Nations

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/701863416680529/


Organized by: The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto]

For more info: https://wccctoronto.wordpress.com

Endorsed by:

OPIRG Toronto

Toronto Anarchist Reading Group


Women in Solidarity with Palestine

Stop the Jewish National Fund – Canada

International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network – Canada

No More Silence

No One Is Illegal Toronto

Harvest Noon Co-op

Organizing Committee Against Islamophobia – OCAI

Indigenous & Creatives of Colour in TV & Film

Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid

Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network

The Tower

Anarchist Network of Toronto (ANT)

Mining Injustice Solidarity Network – MISN

Rising Tide Toronto

To endorse, write to wccc_98@hotmail.com


This year marks the 150th Anniversary since the creation of the British North America Act that would officialize the occupation of the Canadian state on indigenous lands on Turtle Island. Throughout its existence, the Canadian state has sought the genocide of indigenous peoples through the imposition of the Indian Act – in its forceful removal of traditional territories onto reservations, implementation of foreign government – as well as the implementation of the residential school system, where thousands of native children would perish at the hands of the Church and state.

Currently, our communities are continuing to suffer the encroachment of the state, its corporate interests, and its policies in the ongoing plunder of the land, its peoples and beings. A plunder reflected in the physical degradation of the natural environment, the many hundreds of missing and murdered indigenous women, the exploitation of poor and marginalized classes, as well as the expansion of war and occupation locally and abroad.

Across Turtle Island, indigenous resistance the resource extraction industry – the expansion of the Tar Sands, the Black Snake pipelines, fraking, etc. – have taken root following in the footsteps of Standing Rock, Elsipitog, Kanonh:staton, Gustafsen Lake, and Oka. Resistance resounds across the stolen land of this continent to our Mapuche indigenous territories, who are also facing the ongoing encroachment of the Chilean state and its corporate allies throughout our territory of Wallmapu.

This July 1st, we have nothing to celebrate and everything to resist! Join us for a night of anti-colonial, anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist resistance! No Canada 150!


For the reclamation, reconstruction and liberation of our indigenous nations!

Free our Mapuche Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike!

WCCC [Toronto]


Chilean Police Shooting results in the deaths of two Mapuche Land Defenders

The Governor of Malleco Province, Guillermo Pirce and General Christian Franzani visiting the scene on June 11th, 2017

*News in development*

Two Mapuche land defenders were killed last night at the hands of Chilean police after an alleged action on the large landed estate of El Encino in the Township of Los Sauces, nearby the city of Angol in southern Chile, on the evening Saturday June 10th.

According to news reports, five unknown individuals entered the large landed estate owned by Chilean Police Captain, Ignacio Gallegos Pereira, when the officer opened fire. 24 year old Weichafe [Warrior] Luis Humberto Marileo Cariqueo, and 23 year old Weichafe Patricio Gabriel González Guajardo, were killed in the police shooting.

Christian Frazani, regional General of Arauco, states that Gallegos used a hunting rifle and a short range pistol to “confront the assailants,” who died at the scene, with a third allegedly escaping while injured.

Meanwhile, there has been an out-pour of grief and outrage in Mapuche community and resistance groups. “Our brother[s] carry with them a long history of struggle in their territories, fulfilling their historic duties as young Mapuche in the face ongoing oppression. As Weichafe they had been continuously persecuted and prosecuted by the Chilean State. We recognize [our] brother[s] as martyrs of the Mapuche people in the millennial struggle for liberation… against estate owners, the rich, and the state who are the enemies of our Mapuche people.”

Distributed by: The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu


With files from Radio Bio Bio and Kizugünewtun Independencia

Mapuche Political Prisoners in Luchsinger Mackay Case on Indefinite Hunger Strike: “We risk our lives to guarantee our freedom.”

Mapuche Political Prisoners Prosecuted in relation to Luchsinger Mackay Case on Indefinite Hunger Strike: “We risk our lives to guarantee our freedom.”

Mapuche Political Prisoners, in so-called southern Chile, prosecuted in relation to Luchsinger Mackay case in the prison of Temuco communicate the following:

On Monday, May 29th, 2017, we have begun a hunger strike as a last recourse of resistance within political prison to demand and pressure authorities for due process in our cases.

As is publicly known, there has been a lack of evidence throughout this overwhelming process, which has been falling apart slowly in the courts.

Yet the Office of the Prosecution (FIAC) and their representative, Attorney Alberto Chifelle, have made enormous efforts to stretch all legal recourses necessary to push our cases to the Constitutional Tribunal, with the objective to continue our pre-trial detention. We state our innocence of the charges that have been laid on us. They wish to keep us behind bars, since we maintain our conviction of struggle for our Mapuche nation, which has led us to initiate a hunger strike as a radical measure of resistance and protest to enforce our demands as Mapuche Political Prisoners

We risk our lives in order to guarantee our freedom, demanding due process as a reasonable claim after a year of incarceration without the withdrawal of any charges.

The pre-trial detention of our Machi [Medicine Healer] Francisca Linconao, as well as those previously and currently charged in [the Luchsinger Mackay] case, follow the same political tactics of delegitimization of our struggle against the powerful capitalist interests in our Wallmapu. In addition, we are demanding an end to the application of the Anti-Terrorist Law, and our immediate freedom under Article 140 [of the Constitution].

We call on our Mapuche Nation, communities in resistance and in defense of Wallmapu, Chileans in social movements, fishermen, students, and other conscious of our dignified and just struggle oppressed by capitalist interests to support our mobilizations and break the mainstream bourgeois media silence. We also call on people to mobilize this June 12 on the streets of Temuco.

Our Demands are as follows:

  1. A free and fair trial

  2. Freedom under Article 140 [of the Constitution

  3. Stop the application of the Anti-Terrorist Law

Temuco Mapuche Political Prisoners processed under the Luchsinger-Mackay case


Distributed by: The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallampu [Toronto]


Interrupting the Toronto Luncheon of Michelle Bachelet, President of the Republic of Chile

For immediate release

Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu

Media Contact: Lydia Colihue, Email: wccc_98@hotmail.com

What: Interrupting the Toronto Luncheon of Michelle Bachelet, President of the Republic of Chile

When: Tuesday, June 6th, 2017@ 12:30PM EST

Where: OMNI King Edward Hotel, Toronto

Who: The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto] and allies. Photo credit to q_e_d

Why: We are a  group of indigenous Mapuche women and allies who have interrupted the Toronto visit of Chilean President Michelle Bachelet in protest of the continuous incarceration, plunder and displacement of indigenous Mapuche land defenders originating from so-called southern Chile. In particular, we stand in solidarity with Mapuche Medicine Healers Machi Celestino Cordova and Francisca Linconao who have recently been charged under Anti-terrorist legislation, the former convicted to 18 years in prison and the latter whose process is currently ongoing, with the International Federation of Human Rights calling for their release. These are only two of the many dozens, if not hundreds, of Mapuche organizers exclusively processed by the Anti-Terrorist law since 2001 – a law which was legislated during the Pinochet military dictatorship in 1984, and which has been internationally condemned by the Inter American Court in 2014. The ongoing criminalization, and militarized repression of indigenous Mapuche movements in Chile have resulted in the police shooting deaths of several Mapuche youth, including 22 year old Matias Catrileo in 2008 during Bachelet’s first Presidency, whose families have yet to find justice.

We also protest the actions of the Canadian government in continuing their relationship of trade and commerce with Chile, strengthening the extractive industries that have caused the plunder and displacement of our indigenous peoples respectively. These actions are shameful but unsurprising, given both country’s colonial history. We stand in solidarity with our Mapuche political prisoners and their communities in resistance, as well as local indigenous communities who are also facing displacement as a result of neo-liberal, neo-colonial policies reinforced by each of these states. Free our Mapuche Political Prisoners! WEUWAIN! MARRICHIWEU! #NoCanada150



(credit: q_e_d)



The 5th Annual Toronto Mapuche Solidarity Film Festival

In memory of our Mapuche WEICHAFE [WARRIORS] MATIAS CATRILEO & ALEX LEMUN, & the many others (indigenous and non-indigenous) who have been murdered by the repressive forces of the Chilean State.


VICTORIA COLLEGE at the University of Toronto, Room 101

73 Queen’s Park Crescent


Donations Appreciated

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/673956192776744/

Organized by: The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto] An OPIRG Toronto Action Group


Sponsored by: The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Toronto

OPIRG Toronto

Endorsed by: Harvest Noon

Toronto Anarchist Reading Group



5PM – OPENING RECEPTION feat. the SubMedia Collective


Frank @ SubMedia (Director of Killing the Black Snake: Behind the Scenes of the #NoDAPL Struggle)

This year we are proud to present the director of Killing the Black Snake: Behind the Scenes of the #NoDAPL Struggle, made by our friends at the SubMedia Collective on the ongoing struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

SubMedia.tv is a video production ensemble, which aims to promote anarchist and anti-capitalist ideas, and aid social struggles through the dissemination of radical films and videos. Founded in 1994, subMedia.tv has produced hundreds of videos on everything from anti-globalization protests to films about shoplifting. Their films have been screened around the world in social centers and movie theaters and have been watched by millions on the internet.

Sigrid Knieve and Carrie Lester –  indigenous land defenders, water protectors and social justice advocates to speak on the recent developments at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and the ongoing struggle against pipelines locally and throughout Turtle Island.

6PM – Trouble – Killing the Black Snake: Behind the Scenes of the #NoDAPL Struggle, Turtle Island, 2017 (30 minutes)

See Trailer Here: https://www.facebook.com/180896458609033/videos/1469430156422317/

Since December of 2016, the Submedia Collective have been developing “Trouble,” a new monthly show offering in-depth anarchist analysis on various topics, struggles and movement dynamics.  Killing the Black Snake: Behind the Scenes of the #NoDAPL Struggle, is the first to be published in the documentary series depicting the recent struggle to protect sacred indigenous lands and waters at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The motivation in producing this film was to shed light on the important contributions made by indigenous warriors on the frontline to the broader struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

6:30PM – Eyes of a Woman: Glance of the Earth, Puelmapu, 2012 (51 minutes)

A film by Mapuche Feminist and Warrior, Moira Millan.

See Trailer here: https://www.facebook.com/180896458609033/videos/1467565923275407/

Mapuche activist, feminist, and warrior from Puelmapu (so-called Argentina), Moira Millan, depicts the plight of her people for the reclamation of land and culture through her own eyes as an indigenous woman. Having had to migrate from the Patagonia region to the City of Buenos Aires as a child, she decides to return to the land of her roots where her mother’s remains are buried. The film raises many issues on the preservation of Mapuche indigenous identity in today’s Argentina, where Moira travels to visit women of other indigenous communities, sharing the experience of preserving ancestral culture through education, health, music and taking back the land.

8PM – Embrace of the Serpent, Colombia/Abya Yala, 2016 (125 minutes)

*** Academy Awards Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, 2016. Winner of the Ariel Award for Best Ibero-American Film, 2016. Winner of the Fénix Film Award for Best Direction, 2015.***

See Trailer here: https://www.facebook.com/180896458609033/videos/1458272330871433/

Embrace of the Serpent details the story of Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, dealing with two visiting European scientists in search for a sacred healing rainforest plant over the course of 40 years. The impact of the extractivist caucho (rubber) wars, the sect-like influence of the Church, and Eurocentric ignorance to the land and its peoples become increasingly apparent throughout their journeys, with Karamakate presented as the voice of wisdom and disdain towards European encroachment. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers (Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes) who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant.


1PM – Strawberry and Chocolate, Cuba, 1993 (110 min)

***Winner of the Goya Award for Best Foreign Language Film, 1995; the ACRI-NOVA Award at the Havana International Film Festival, 1993; the Silver Berlin Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival and Honorable Mention at the Sundance Film Festival, 1995. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, 1995.

See Trailer here: https://youtu.be/bWioIOaw7eU

Havana 1993 –  Queerness, prejudice and the questioning of gender and political binaries are highlighted in Tomas Gutierrez Alea’s Strawberry and Chocolate. The renowned Cuban Director (“Memories of Underdevelopment,” 1968),  Gutierrez Alea delivers a refreshing critical lens into contemporary Cuban society. David is a student of Social Sciences in the University of Havana. Diego is a homosexual that lives for and to exalt cuban culture. One opens up to the complex world of personal realities, the other fights to be recognized and not be discriminated because of his sexual preferences. David and Diego, two human beings apparently opposite, separated by prejudices, distanced by their political, cultural and sexual preferences, find the difficult road towards friendship. A universal conflict form part of the lights and shadows of Havana and the spectacular unaffordable cost of cuban culture. Strawberry and Chocolate is not a movie about the seduction of a body, but about the seduction of a mind; a true reflection of understanding and solidarity.

3PM – The Colony [“Colonia Dignidad”], Chile/England, 2015 (120 minutes)

See Trailer: https://www.facebook.com/180896458609033/videos/1458310377534295/

Based on true events.  Chile 1973: a young woman’s desperate search for her abducted boyfriend draws her into the infamous Colonia Dignidad, ex-Nazi cult founded by Wehrmacht officer and Hitler Youth veteran Paul Schäfer from which no one has ever escaped. Colonia Dignidad was one of the central torture centres of Pinochet’s military regime, where hundreds of people were tortured, murdered and disappeared.

5PM – The Baader-Meinhof Complex, Germany, 2008 (184 minutes)

***Nominated for Best for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, 2009; Golden Globe Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, 2009. Best Film Production at the Bavarian Film Awards***

See Trailer here: https://www.facebook.com/180896458609033/videos/1458290574202942/

Germany 1967. The children of the Nazi generation have grown up in the devastation their parents created. They vowed fascism would never rule again. Director Uli Edel teams with screenwriter Bernd Eichinger to explore this drama detailing the rise and fall of the Red Army Faction. Andreas Baader, Gudrun Ensslin, and Ulrike Meinhof – the central founders of the RAF – are inflamed by worldwide and local events, such as Vietnam, and German industrialism, which lead them to conclude that violence is the only effective form of opposition.

8PM – In the Name of the Father, Ireland, 1993 (133 minutes)

See Trailer here: https://www.facebook.com/180896458609033/videos/1457297594302240/

The film tells the true story of Irish youth, Gerry Conlon, one of the “Guildford Four” who were handed life sentences for wrongful conviction of an IRA bombing in 1974, where he and his father are taken to prison. Working with a fiercely dedicated lawyer, Gerry determines to prove his innocence, clear his father’s name and expose the truth behind one of the most shameful legal events in recent history.

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