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Sonita whispers to camera

Incredible true story of girl banned from singing

Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami set out to make a film about an Afghan refugee rapper – and ended up helping her escape, explains Annie Waite. Sonita Alizadeh, profiled in the film Sonita, on at the Electric Palace cinema this Friday and Saturday, narrowly avoided being sold into a forced marriage.

Penny Panagi

Trash Cannes on non-binary gender identity

Trash Cannes and Trash’d New Wave Festival present at the Electric Palace Cinema this coming Saturday (21 January) two documentary films that take a look at non-binary gender identity. HOT’s Zelly Restorick invited Keith Rodway, documentary maker, anthropologist and creative instigator of Trash Cannes, to say something about the two films being shown.

Image of two people in fancy dress as aliens

Sit back at the all-new Electric Blanket Club

Film Poster Sale at the Electric Palace Sunday 4 December at 3pm

Auction of Leigh Dyer-sculpted seat plaques in local cinema

Snaffle yourself one of the most inventive and original Christmas gifts around at the Electric Palace’s lively fundraising auction this Sunday 4 December, hosted by the inimitable Glenn Veness, says Annie Waite.

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Amber’s Speed Sisters raises funds for Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Hastings Palestine Solidarity Campaign(HPSC) is delighted to bring the film Speed Sisters to Hastings.  It is a free event at the White Rock Hotel at 7pm on Wednesday 30 November. Gill Knight of HPSC tells us why they wanted to screen this surprising film.

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The Leigh Dyer Award for Best Film

Trash Cannes 5 Day Film Challenge

A real highlight this month is Trash’d New Wave Festival’s event coming up at Kino-Teatr: The Trash Cannes 5 Day Film Challenge Gala Award Show. Adrienne Hunter writes.

© Keith Collman

Return of the Liberators

A convoy of ninety six London Black 
Cabs took 120 World War II veterans to The Netherlands to take part in commemorations for the 70th anniversary of the end of the war. Lauris Morgan-Griffiths writes.

Miles Halliwell in the title role. BFI film, Winstanley

Winstanley

HOT’s Zelly Restorick has been speaking to Andrew Mollo, one of the directors – the other being Kevin Brownlow – of the film, Winstanley which is showing tonight (26 October) at the Electric Cinema in the High Street as part of the 5th Black Huts Festival. She has also read Kevin Brownlow’s book of the film, Winstanley, Warts and All and of course watched the film itself. Here she records her encounter – as if via time travel – with Gerrard Winstanley, a peaceful, caring and thoughtful gentle-man, who wanted to live on the Common Land of England – and formed a commune about 300 years ago.

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