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2014 Calendar

2014 End of Year Benefit 

A night of cabaret & tapas featuring a screening of Carlos Saura's 1990, award-winning film 

Ay Carmela

¡Ay, Carmela!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Doors open at 5:30 PM
Screening begins at 6:30 PM

Spanish Benevolent Society
239 West 14th Street
(between 7th & 8th Ave)
New York, NY 10011

Aragón, Spain, 1938. Carmela (Carmen Maura) and her two companions, Paulino (Andrés Pajares) and Gustavete (Gabino Diego), quit their posts as entertainers for the Republican troops in search of a better fortune. By mistake they cross into the Nationalist zone, and are given one chance to perform for their freedom. 


Advance tickets: $45
Tickets at the door: $50
Family Packs: 3 tickets for $120 


Special thanks to Rickard Jorgensen for sponsoring this film.


"Solidarity Forever" 

78th Bay Area Annual Celebration honoring The Abraham Lincoln Brigade

Solidarity Forever 78 Bay Area

October 5, 2014

2:00 - 4:00 PM

2020 Addison Street
Berkeley, California 94704

A commemorative celebration marking the 78th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War and remembering the courageous volunteers of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.

This year we pay tribute to the life of Pete Seeger, featuring previously unseen footage and presenting the spectacular Smithsonian re-release of the legendary "Songs of the Spanish Civil War" albums from the 1960s that included Seeger's 1944 "Songs of the Lincoln Brigade."

Songs of the Spanish Civil War
performed by
Bruce Barthol
with Velina Brown, Randy Craig, Tony Marcus, and Barrett Nelson.

Special Guests
  • Peter N. Carroll, ALBA Chair Emeritus;
  • Sebastiaan Faber, ALBA Board Chair;
  • Marina Garde, Executive Director of ALBA;
  • Peter Glazer, author of Radical Nostaliga;
  • Alison Mollman, human rights advocate from the Equal Justice Initiative, will stand in for ALBA/Puffin Award Winner Bryan Stevenson.
Tickets & information:, tel. 510-644-2020
If you are unable to attend, please consider making a tax deductible contribution to ALBA. 
Funds raised support ALBA's continuing educational and cultural programming.


 Film Festival Logl

September 29 - October 1, 2014

New York City

Instituto Cervantes New York
211 E. 49th Street (btw 2nd & 3rd Aves)
New York, NY 10017

Tickets are $5 for the general public and free for students & ICNY members - AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.
Festival passes with access to all the screenings, Q&As and closing reception, are available for $20.

 SCHEDULE / 2014

This year the best film from the Official Selection, as determined by a distinguished jury, will receive the Harry Randall Award for best human rights documentary of 2014.  This honor was created in memory of Harry W. Randall, Jr. (1915-2012), who served in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade during the Spanish Civil War as Chief Photographer of the Photographic Unit of the 15th International Brigade.

The 2014 jury is composed of Peter Coyote, Bryan Stevenson, and Pamela Yates.

Peter Coyote 
BAS   Pamela Yates
Peter Coyote is
an actor, author,
director, screen-
writer and narrator
of films, theatre,
television and,
audio books.

  Bryan A. Stevenson
is the founder and
Executive Director
of the Equal Justice
Initiative. He is the
2014 laureate of the
ALBA/Puffin Award for
Human Rights Activism
  Pamela Yates is
documentary film-
maker, human
rights activist, and
is a co-founder of
Skylight Pictures.



With the support of the Puffin Foundation, Instituto Cervantes New YorkAmbulante, and Skylight Pictures


2014 Susman Lecture

Betty Medsger - Essential Resistancemedsger

Friday, June 6, 2014
6:30 PM
reception to follow

24 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10011

"At crucial times, when governments fail, citizens risk their freedom to keep freedom alive."

Betty Medsger, journalist and author of The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI, will explore the long and controversial history of the U.S. government's surveillance of its own citizens; beginning with a look at Hoover's FBI and concluding with the Snowden leak revealing the latest NSA operations.

This event is free and open to the public.

Special thanks to Raymond Hoff and Sue Susman for their direct donations to help underwrite this program.


78th Annual Celebration 

Sunday, April 27, 2014
The New School
66 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10011
Commemorating the Abraham Lincoln Brigade and presenting the ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism. This year's program will include a special musical tribute to Pete Seeger.


78th Annual Celebration, 2:30pm - 4:30pm

(doors open at 2:00pm)
The Auditorium
, The New School
Reception with live piano by Dred Scott to follow.

Features the presentation of the fourth ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism to Bryan Stevenson, founder & Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and a keynote speech by Steven W. Hawkins, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA.

With a songs of the Spanish Civil War and a special musical tribute to Pete Seeger.
Musical Guests: 
Jennifer Glass with Brian Koehler

Honorary Committee: Julian Bond, Peter Coyote, Lila Downs, Gael García Bernal, Oliver Stone

Special Guests: Perry and Gladys Rosenstein, Puffin Foundation

Host Committee: Burt Cohen, Dan Czitrom, Sebastiaan Faber, Jeanne Houck, Gabriel Jackson, Julia Newman, Ellyn Polshek, Michael Ratner, Fredda Weiss

Click for TICKETS

Promotional Video ** Press Kit ** Press Release ** Comunicado de Prensa


If you are unable to attend, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to ALBA.  The money raised will help support ALBA's continuing educational work and programs (click here)

Sponsored by the Puffin Foundation

Puffin Foundation        


Film Screening - New York

A War In Hollywood: Hollywood vs. Franco

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 7:00 PM

Discussion with Sebastiaan Faber, Professor of Hispanic Studies at Oberlin College and Chair of ALBA's Board of Governors, to follow.

Casa Mezcal
86 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002


The Spanish Civil War made a great impression on the lives of most of the American artists of the 20th Century. Many films were made in Hollywood referring to this event, and the defeat of the Democratic Spain left an "open wound" in the heart of liberal actors, directors and screenwriters. The life of screenwriter Alvah Bessie is our track 
through this feeling. From his fighting in Spain with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in 1937 to his return to Spain 30 years later, where he was required to write his only film after being blacklisted as one of the "Hollywood Ten".

Special thanks to:   
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