News Release: Cruel Separation screening Friday 23 Sep

Exclusive Film Screening – Friday 23rd September – 7pm – Kilburn, north London

by Sarah Boston

@ Kingsgate Community Centre, Kilburn, NW6 2JH
In aid of Brent SOS Libraries Campaign

+ Q&A with director, Sarah Boston

This award-winning documentary tells the story of the 1973 US-backed coup in Chile – which enabled General Pinochet to overthrow the elected Salvador Allende, ushering in 17 years of a brutal military regime that saw more than 3,000 people killed or ‘disappeared’.

Winner of The International Documentary Award 2006 (Vina del Mar Film Festival Chile) and the Melhor Longa Documentario (Cinesul 2007 Brazil)

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY available with Director Sarah Boston. Please email us for details.


About the film….

Narrated by Donald Sutherland, the film tells the story of 4 women who lived it.

  • Angela Jeria de Bachelet – wife of an air force general loyal to Allende, and mother of former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet
  • Hortensia Bussi de Allende – wife of deposed President Salvador Allende
  • Joan Jara – English wife of Chilean political singer songwriter, Victor Jara.
  • Joyce Horman, whose story was made internationally famous in Costa-Gavras’ Oscar-winning film “Missing”;


About the screening…

Friday 23 September
Kingsgate Community Centre,
107 Kingsgate Road,
Kilburn NW6 2JH.

Tickets £10 [£8 concessions] – all proceeds to the Brent SOS Libraries Campaign


About the Campaign…

Preston Library Campaign is a member of Brent Save Our Six (SOS) Libraries, a coalition fighting to save 6 (50%) of libraries threatened with closure in the London Borough of Brent.

Brent SOS brought a landmark case to the High Court in July 2011, the first in Britain to have done so – challenging Brent Council’s deeply flawed consultation which ignored the overwhelming opposition of residents, failed to properly account for the impact on various groups under Equalities legislation and ignored all alternatives to closure.

The verdict is expected in October 2011.

82% of those consulted rejected the closure scheme – euphemistically titled “Brent Library Transformation Project” 10,000+ signatures opposing the scheme were submitted – a large proportion from children, parents and teachers of schools all over the borough – the main users of libraries.

Meanwhile Brent SOS is raising £30,000 as it’s community contribution to the legally aided judicial review. Since the closure decision was taken in April 2011, the campaign has raised almost £25,000 – a mark of the community’s commitment to its libraries.

Preston Library was chosen for closure because it was considered “Poorly located and low usage” – in fact it is on a very busy high street, next to the Metropolitan Line tube, and is one of the best-performing libraries in Brent (according to their own figures). Brent Council have repeatedly failed to substantiate either of these claims. The land on which this important local service stands, is valued at around £700,000. The library will close not because no one uses it, but it stands of valuable real-estate.


Brent Council spends millions on pet projects and wastage, while slashing services.

  • It wishes to save just £800,000 over two years by closing 6 libraries.


Brent Council

  • is in the Top 10 of the Taxpayer’s Alliance 2011 Town Hall Rich List – £2.5m salary bill for just 19 Council officers
  •  it’s chief exec, Gareth Daniel takes home £205k a year alone.
  • recently wrote off £17.3 million in uncollected debt
  • paid £1.33 million in benefits to just 154 claimants
  • Spends over a £1 million every month in consultants fees

For more information, contact Priya Shah or Samantha Warrington on (we have mobile email)

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