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Fighting for equality

By Maria Gregoriou

In life, sometimes things happen for a reason and maybe one of these reasons will be displayed on film tonight at the Social Space Kaymakkin in Nicosia during the screening of the film Pride.

As you might have guessed from the title, the film is being shown as part of the events leading up to the Gay Pride march that will take place tomorrow in the capital.

The comedy/drama released last year stars Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton and Dominic West. It is set in England in the summer of 1984 when the National Union of Mineworkers were striking against closures in the mining industry and the loss of thousands of jobs. During this time Margaret Thatcher branded the miners “the enemy within” and wanted to destroy their union – the strongest union in the country.

There were 11,000 arrests, three deaths, hundreds injured, mass jailings, roadblocks, and countless prosecutions for riot on false evidence.

The film concentrates on the true story of how UK gay activists worked to help miners during this time. The trigger that brought the two communities together was pulled when the LGBT group realised that in their battle for their right to be gay, they have the common enemy with the miners. Once the miners got over their reluctance to join forces, the two alien communities became a real force for the ruling classes to be reckoned with as their unity and solidarity in struggle, breaks down the divisions, ideas and prejudice.

Screening of the 2014 comedy/ drama. June 5. Social Space Kaymakkin, 127, Arch. Makarios Street, Kaymakli, Nicosia. 7.30pm. Free. Tel: 99-913629

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