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My Pure Land

Barbican Centre
Thursday 21 September

Based on a true story, this striking western-stye drama sees a mother and her two young daughters fight to protect their secluded home in rural Pakistan from an army of militia. With a supply of bullets thinning fast, the women refuse to give in no matter the odds. Just selected as the UK's submission for a foreign-language Oscar, Sarmad Masud's debut feature also screens at Barbican on 23 and 24 September.

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Spark: A Festival of Revolutionary Film

Phoenix and Rio Cinemas
24 September - 12 November

Taking place over eight weeks, this season celebrates cinema on the 1917 Revolution at independent cinemas the Rio and the Phoenix. The programme opens with Vsevolod Pudovkin’s 1926 film Mother, and is followed by other ground-breaking features from the era including Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin and October, and Vertov’s Man With a Movie Camera.

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A Page of Madness

King's College London
Sunday 24 September

Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival host a special screening of the Teinosuke Kinugasa's 1926 film A Page of Madness. Presented with live shakuhachi, piano and koto score alongside Benshi narration, the 35mm screening will be followed by a panel discussion on this pioneering piece of Japanese avant-garde filmmaking, which was thought lost for almost half a century.

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No Country for Old Men + Q&A

Institute of Light
Monday 25 September

Film School return with one of the Coen Brothers' best: the genre bending No Country For Old Men. Join the accessible post-screening discussion which will consider the ways genre can help us understand what makes a great film, great. The analytical focus will be the film's many genres: is it a heist movie, a Western or even a Horror?

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Wonder Woman + Q&A

The Workshop
Tuesday 26 September

Join Birds Eye View and The Extraordinary Travelling Film Show for a pop-up screening of Wonder Woman, plus special guest introduction from The Women's Equality Party. The biggest film ever to have a female director (Patty Jenkins), the feature will be preceded by a Random Acts short film, with the evening is accompanied with popcorn, organic pizza and drinks.

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The Love Commandos

Horse & Groom Pub
Tuesday 26 September

Screening as part of Streatham Free Film Festival, The Love Commandos follows a group of ordinary men on an extraordinary mission: to change their country’s archaic views on love, honour and marriage, one couple at a time. Director of the documentary Miriam Lyons will be in attendance at the screening to discuss the complex issues covered by the film.

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Almost Heaven + Q&A

Crouch End Picturehouse
Tuesday 26 September

This feature documentary from Carol Salter is an affectionate portrait of Yin Ling, a vibrant but nervous and lonely 17-year old who has come to the capital of Hunan province to train as a mortician. Salter will be in coversation after the screening, and will touch upon her fascination with the consequences of a planned economy that involves the break up of families right across the social strata.

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Revolutions + Q&A

Regent Street Cinema
Thursday 28 September

Irish Film London presents a special preview screening of sports documentary Revolutions. With Ireland in recession, the fast paced and aggressive Roller Derby world has become a haven for determined, pissed-off women in a crippled country. The screening will be followed by a discussion with director Laura McGann, who will talk about her journey with the female Roller Derby team, which took them all the way to the World Cup.

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Notes on Blindness + Q&A

The Sydenham Centre
Thursday 28 September

Best Documentary winner at the British Independent Film Awards and nominated for three BAFTAs in 2016, Notes on Blindness uses the original audio cassette recordings of writer and theology professor, John Hull who, in 1983, became blind and decided to keep an audio diary of his and his family’s experiences. The film will be screened with a “heightened soundtrack” for audiences with visual impairment.

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