Film

Not forgetting who you are January 2014

The Happy Lands revisits 1926 in Fife, Scotland, spotlighting one mining community’s stand against austerity. Director Robert Rae talks with two of the actors about mining history, Fife today and Scotland’s future

Into the Fire: a different picture of Greece September 2013

Guy Taylor watches an important and urgent film about refugees in Greece caught between the repression of Fortress Europe and the street violence of Golden Dawn

Fighting a plague August 2013

Mark Pendleton reviews two film histories of the inspiring story of AIDS activism in the US

The Condition of the Working Class: what’s changed? May 2013

Filmmakers Mike Wayne and Deirdre O’Neill discuss their new Engels-inspired documentary, The Condition of the Working Class, with Clive James Nwonka

Days of hope: The Spirit of ’45 review April 2013

Ken Loach’s The Spirit of ’45 is not just an exercise in nostalgia but a compelling intervention into the politics of the present, writes Alex Nunns

Film review: The Gatekeepers April 2013

Brian Precious reviews a documentary that shows the calculated brutality of Israel’s security services – using their own words

Review: Riots Reframed April 2013

Michael Pooler reviews a film that gives an alternative view of the 2011 riots

Riot from Wrong: An example of what journalism could look like November 2012

Koos Couvée reviews a film about the riots that gives a different point of view

Film: Who Polices the Police? October 2012

Ken Fero, director of 'Who Policies The Police?' writes about the making of the film which examines the complicity of the IPCC in deaths in custody and the struggle of one family for justice

Ill Manors, reductionist politics? June 2012

Plan B's debut film portrays extreme anti-social behaviour in working-class and ethnic minority communities. The film could prove to be Conservative propaganda for Broken Britain, argues Clive Nwonka

Review: The Missing Billions June 2012

As UK Uncut win their case at the high court to challenge the Goldman Sachs tax deal, Kitty Webster reviews the new documentary 'The Missing Billions'

Review: La Grande Illusion April 2012

As a digitally restored version is released, Michael Pooler revisits Jean Renoir's anti-war masterpiece

Venezuela’s hip-hop revolutionaries March 2012

Jody McIntyre and Pablo Navarrete report on Venezuela’s Hip Hop Revolución movement

Epitaph to a generation: John Akomfrah interview March 2012

Siobhan McGuirk speaks to John Akomfrah about his new film – and the 2011 riots

Blockbusters only please, we’re British! January 2012

Filmmaker Clive Nwonka responds to the recently published UK Film Policy Review paper, and David Cameron’s questionable stance on film funding.

A night at the multiplex: an interview with Mark Kermode December 2011

Sean Gittins talks to Mark Kermode about modern cinema and the role of the film critic

Review: Black Power Mixtape December 2011

Selina Nwulu reviews new civil rights movement documentary Black Power Mixtape

Review: The Fear Factory November 2011

Polemic documentary challenges sensationalist media portrayal of youth crime, but suffers from staid approach and lack of young voices, says Georgia Rooney

Unwatchable October 2011

Amy Hall reviews the film 'Unwatchable' but finds real life even more disturbing

Crowd allowed August 2011

Siobhan McGuirk on the way inspiring new documentary Just Do It was made

Film review: Unwrapping the drugs debate July 2011

Siobhan McGuirk reviews ‘Cocaine Unwrapped’, a documentary that asks good questions but avoids too many answers

From kitchen sink to fish tank June 2011

Siobhan McGuirk traces the history of social realism in British cinema as the genre starts to make a comeback

Empty tank June 2011

Social realism was a strong tradition in British cinema. Clive James Nwonka argues that we need it as much as ever

Machete: The action hero gets political February 2011

Severed limbs and a splatter of anti-capitalism. Raph Schlembach watches Machete

Review: The war you don’t see December 2010

J. Sadie Clifford on John Pilger's latest documentary.

The media war you don’t see December 2010

Red Pepper's Latin America editor Pablo Navarrete interviews John Pilger ahead of the release of his new film, 'The War You Don't See.'

An idealist and a sceptic September 2010

In his best work, director John Ford depicted a complex world through the lens of an understated but powerful critique says Mike Marqusee

South of the Border July 2010

Oliver Stone's new documentary chronicles the emergence of progressive governments in Latin America. Roberto Navarrete talks to him and Tariq Ali, one of the film's scriptwriters.

Fierce urgency July 2010

Beyond the Tipping Point? Director: Stefan Skrimshire ‘That it goes on like this is the catastrophe,’ the German critic Walter Benjamin once wrote, a comment all the more prescient given that our present lifestyles threaten to change the climate beyond the point of reversability. This film is not about the climate science behind the suggestion […]

Left tide July 2010

Samuel Grove reviews South of the Border, directed by Oliver Stone

Journal de combat June 2010

Emilie Bickerton celebrates Cahiers du cinéma, the French film journal that insisted on seeing film as an art form

Just say yes October 2009

As the anti-corporate pranksters the Yes Men launched their new film, {Red Pepper} dispatched Brendan Montague to meet them and get the lowdown on their unusual form of activism

Inside the Revolution: A Journey into the Heart of Venezuela August 2009

Derek Wall reviews Pablo Navarrete's new documentary

Waltz with Bashir is nothing but charade February 2009

The Israeli film considered favorite to win an Oscar for best foreign language film lost out, but Gideon Levy, for one, was not disappointed by this decision

The power to prevail June 2008

The annual Human Rights Watch film festival promises to highlight the power of the human spirit - and it doesn't disappoint, writes Angela Saini

When the enemy is at the door March 2008

Will Atkinson talked to Ken Loach

Letting people speak March 2008

Siobhan McGuirk talks to Kim Longinotto about the growing interest in documentaries, their potential power to move and stir people and explores what kind of documentaries give people a sense of agency

The films we miss and why March 2008

There are some really interesting Italian films coming out – probably Hungarian, French and Polish ones too – but you’d never know it. We are still suffering the results of post-war agreements that gave the US film industry the power to dominate our culture as if films were like motor cars. The Italian champion of […]