The IWL documentary Bread, Peace, and Land, directed by Brazilian comrade Martín García, links the October Revolution of 1917 to today interviewing eight leaders of the workers, peasants, women’s, Palestinian and revolutionary struggles in Brazil, Spain and Palestine.
Thousands of workers, activists from the popular movement and student activists have seen the documentary, which emphasis the importance of rescuing the lessons of the October Revolution and using them for today’s struggles.
In one showing by the ISL for one young women it was her first political meeting ; up to that night she did not ‘like’ politics because she felt it was disconnected from reality, “it was all discussion and argument” that meant nothing to her. The film made a connection, “you watch international events on TV which also seem disconnected”. Bread, Land and Peace made it real and “I understood what I was unable to see before, how events internationally affect ordinary people, workers and peasants.”
Where the film was shown:
Brazil: CSP CONLUTAS Congress, 1,200 trade union leaders and activists watched the film. 10 November in São Paulo, 200 people attended.
Also shown in cities in the State of São Paulo such as the region of the ABC (a region of three industrial cities) and in the State of Minas Gerais.
Argentina: Launch, 4 November, at the Hotel Bauen, around 250 people, militants and guests (Engineering workers, sacked from Pepsico, a delegate from the Sealy factory, young people who are approaching the party and old supporters and friends). 240 tickets sold.
Chile: Rancagua, mining city in Santiago, around 50 people and in the south Valdivia 12 people.
El Salvador: University of El Salvador, comrades are organising a presentation for the trade union federation.
Costa Rica: In a banana producing zone of the Caribbean called Nagera, and on December 15 in San José.
Paraguay: 100 people watched the first presentation. A second showing in Curuguaty with 20 people, mostly peasants.
Colombia: Bogotá at the party headquarters; on the same date in Cartagena; and in Ibagué.
Peru: Lima, 21 people.
Ecuador: Quito with 35 people, with the participation of comrades of Socialist Democracy.
Mexico: Poza Rica, Veracruz: oil workers, teachers, and pensioners; in Torreón, Coahuila; to the metro workers of the DF; in the state of Durango in Escuela Normal Superior; in Gómez Palacio, Durango State; for the workers of La Jornada, of the trade union, Sitrajor.
England: ISL held its 6th meeting on the October Revolution, where the film was presented. In Liverpool with 8 people; in Manchester with 9 and soon to be shown in London.
Spain: 40 people in the Co.bas union, Seville; at Tocina auditorium and probably in a couple of faculties; in Catalonia there were 4 showings; in Madrid it premiered on 1 December, with 120 people.
Portugal: Presentation of the film on 18 November in a community called “Friends of Minho” in Lisbon with 30 people present; 42 in Jantar; and 47 in the local party headquarters.
Italy: In Bari, followed by a debate; in Milan; in January it will be presented in several cinemas in Bari, Cremona, Vicenza; another in Milan and Bergamo.
Uruguay: A showing with 19 people; and in a meeting a showing with 19 people; and in a meeting of women with 11 comrades.