Monday 5 October 2015, 2pm
Cantral Hall Manchester, Oldham Street, M1 1JQ
Film screening followed by Q&A with:
Miguel Marques - filmmaker, activist and director of Pots, Pans and other Solutions
Birgitta Jónsdóttir - a politician and an activist member of the Althing, the Icelandic parliament, formerly representing the Citizens' Movement whom she co-founded in the wake of the Icelandic financial crisis and The Movement, but now representing the Pirate Party where she is co-founder and one of three Pirate Party MPs in the Icelandic government
Since 2008 countries around the world have been hit by global banking failures including the United States, Russia, Mexico and Iceland. While each has had it’s own response, Iceland’s decision to jail some of the bankers responsible for its financial collapse could offer insights and lessons.
In Iceland, the first European country to wake up to an economic crash, people became aware that they could and should intervene in society and started demanding more democratic participation. The payment of bank debts by citizens went to referendum.
The government was forced to create a Council to write a new constitution: a citizens’ group – without politicians, lawyers or university professors – who opened the discussion process to everybody and managed to approve by consensus a draft proposal
Pots, Pans and Other Solutions is an extremely inspiring documentary about constructive solutions that were implemented in Iceland after the economic collapse.
Part of the National Week of Action Against the Conservative Party Conference 3 - 7 October