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BEST WESTERN PLUS Castle Inn Hotel & Restaurant, Bassenthwaite , Near Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4RG KESWICK FILM CLUB... ACTION!

As The Cockermouth Post goes to press, KFC has just screened In Syria, mentioned in last month’s article. On the face of it, a film about a family sheltering inside a flat as civil war raged around them in Damascus doesn’t sound like a great Sunday afternoon but what an amazing film. For all the news footage we become inured to on television, seeing this family – just like us in so many ways – trying to survive in such threatening circumstances was eye- opening. Could I cope in the same situation? That

is the beauty of independent cinema.

The plight of a Syrian refugee in Finland features in our film The Other Side of Hope, where different kinds of pressure are applied. For anyone watching Sue Perkins’ series on The Ganges will want to see Hotel Salvation, about an establishment for those who travel to Varanasi as they wait to die – maximum stay 15 days! This wry comedy about a father’s last trip with his son should not be missed.

To wrap up the season, we have a British psychological drama, The Ghoul; the incomparable Catherine Deneuve in The Midwife and After the Storm, from the INFO@THECOCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK

wonderful Japanese Director Hirokazu Koreeda.

India, Finland, France and Japan – your cultural year starts here.

Keswick Film Club Programme WINTER PROGRAMME

Films start at 5.00pm at the Alhambra, Keswick NOVEMBER

Hotel Salvation

Sunday 19th November Hotel Salvation (PG) - India

Life and death in a Varanasi hotel Sunday 26th November

The Other Side of Hope (12A) - Finland Syrian refugee tries to make a life in Finland


Sunday 3rd December The Ghoul (15) - UK

The Midwife

Is he the detective... or the patient? Sunday 10th December

The Midwife (12A) - France

Two women meet after 30 years apart Sunday 17th December

After the Storm (PG) - Japan

A man is forced to face up to his family whist sheltering from the storm

Ticket prices £5.00 non members, £4.00 members £3.00 students, under 16s and benefit claimants

After the Storm For details: 16 NOVEMBER 2017 ISSUE 420 PAGE 50 Send a Card or Write a Letter and Change a Life

Amnesty International’s annual Write for Rights letter writing campaign has been launched. Cards and letters sent from Allerdale will help right wrongs and change lives.

Allerdale Amnesty Group would like to invite you to get involved with the Amnesty International Write for Rights Campaign. At this time every year, thousands of people in the UK send cards and letters in solidarity with those suffering human rights abuses around the world. As a result, people have been freed after being unfairly imprisoned, threats against human rights activists have reduced and lives have been changed for the better.

Last year, the Write for Rights campaign helped push Peru to drop charges against Máxima Acuña who was attacked by the police for standing up to one of the world’s biggest gold and copper mines when it evicted her family from their farmland. It helped put pressure on the US to release Albert Woodfox, who was freed in February 2016 after being held in solitary confinement for over 40 years.

As active members of Amnesty, we know that the simple act of writing a letter can make a huge difference to a person’s life. For someone languishing behind bars after an unfair trial or being persecuted by the authorities, receiving messages of support can give them the boost they need to cope with the difficulties they face and continue in their struggle for justice. When thousands of cards and letters get behind a single cause, those in power will often take notice and feel pressured to do something about the abuses being committed.

This campaign is a brilliant demonstration of the power of peaceful protest. When thousands of voices come together, you can almost guarantee they will be heard. It would be great to see as many Allerdale residents as possible getting involved in this humble yet powerful act of solidarity. You can find out how to get involved at

Our Allerdale Group meets each month. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Ruth on 01900 822639.

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