Marc Karlin, Nicaragua Part 1: Voyages, 1985. Courtesy Marc Karlin Archive

Marc Karlin, Nicaragua Part 1: Voyages, 1985. Courtesy Marc Karlin Archive

Marc Karlin, Nicaragua Part 2: The Making of a Nation, 1985. Courtesy Marc Karlin Archive

Marc Karlin, Nicaragua Part 2: The Making of a Nation, 1985. Courtesy Marc Karlin Archive

Marc Karlin, Nicaragua Part 2: The Making of a Nation, 1985. Courtesy Marc Karlin Archive

Marc Karlin, Nicaragua Part 3: In Their Time, 1985. Courtesy Marc Karlin Archive

Marc Karlin, Nicaragua Part 3: In Their Time, 1985. Courtesy Marc Karlin Archive

Marc Karlin, Nicaragua Part 3: In Their Time, 1985. Courtesy Marc Karlin Archive

Marc Karlin, Nicaragua Part 4: Changes, 1985. Courtesy Marc Karlin Archive

Marc Karlin, Nicaragua Part 4: Changes, 1985. Courtesy Marc Karlin Archive

Marc Karlin, Nicaragua Part 4: Changes, 1985. Courtesy Marc Karlin Archive

We are presenting all four parts of the Nicaragua series in one day. A standard price cinema ticket or Festival Pass enables entry to all four films.


Nicaragua Part 1: Voyages
Sun 6 March, 12–1pm

In 1978–79, American photographer Susan Meiselas photographed the two insurrections that led to the overthrow of 50 years of dictatorship by the Somoza family in Nicaragua. These photographs provide the images of the film. Combining with an epistolary commentary, five unedited tracking shots move across the photographs articulating Meiselas' reflections on her relationship to the history she witnessed.

Nicaragua Part 1: Voyages, dir: Marc Karlin, UK, 1985, 42min, Mark Karlin Archive. Originally broadcast on 14 October 1985, Channel 4, (The Eleventh Hour).


Nicaragua Part 2: The Making of a Nation
Sun 6 March, 1.30–3pm

Shot in 1983–4 the second film shows Nicaragua in a state of reclamation. Focusing on the work of the Historical Institute, the film witnesses the recovery of the memory of Sandino and the forming of a Nicaraguan identity.

Nicaragua Part 2: The Making of a Nation, dir: Marc Karlin, UK, 1985, 80min, Mark Karlin Archive. Originally broadcast on 21 October 1985, Channel 4, (The Eleventh Hour).


Nicaragua Part 3: In Their Time
Sun 6 March, 3.30–4.15pm

This third film focuses on the daily working life of the journalists and photographers of Barricada, the official publication of the FSLN. The film observes the dilemmas of putting socialism into practice through reports on the war, the economy, the prison system and the political process leading up to the 1984 elections.

Nicaragua Part 3: In Their Time, dir: Marc Karlin, UK, 1985, 70min, Mark Karlin Archive. Originally broadcast on 28 October 1985, Channel 4, (The Eleventh Hour).


Nicaragua Part 4: Changes
Sun 6 March, 5–6.30pm

Changes offers a portrait of a remote area in the rural north of Nicaragua at the time of the 1984 elections. Following Marlon Stuart, the FSLN political organiser for the zone, the film reflects the tensions and difficulties the revolutionary process faces in a conservative region of Nicaragua.

Nicaragua Part 4: Changes, dir: Marc Karlin, UK, 1985, 89min, Mark Karlin Archive. Originally broadcast on 4 November 1985, Channel 4, (The Eleventh Hour).


On his death in 1999, Marc Karlin was described as Britain’s most significant, unknown filmmaker. For three decades, he was a leading figure within Britain’s independent film community, actively contributing to opening up television through Channel 4. He was a founding member of the Berwick Street Film Collective; a director of Lusia Films, a key influence in the Independent Filmmakers Association, and a creative force behind the group that published the independent film magazine, Vertigo (1993-2010).

Part of Between Times: Marc Karlin Weekend, more information about all the films in the series here. Presented in partnership with the Marc Karlin Archive.

Film Pass One: Between Times: Marc Karlin Weekend
Fri 4 – Sun 6 March
£30 Full Price / £25 Concession
Includes entrance to all films in the series
Film Passes can only be booked via the Tyneside Cinema Box Office.

Nicaragua Part 1-4
Marc Karlin

£7.50/£6, book here
Film Pass One, £30/£25

Sun 6 March, 12–6.30pm

Tyneside Cinema

10 –12 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle
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