Past Festivals

B-Film presents the inaugural Screening Rights Film Festival, a three-day programme of social justice film, and discussion, at Mac Birmingham.

The need for heartfelt films about the depths of human adversity around the world has grown enormously in recent decades. This new film festival will bring some of the best and most interesting of these films to Birmingham.

The festival programme combines screenings of highly acclaimed social justice films with post screening discussions involving directors, producers, writers, activists and experts.

Screening Rights Film Festival is a new venture led by Michele Aaron at the University of Birmingham. Screening Rights aims to inspire and develop debates on the potential of film to effect personal, social and political change.

Thank you to all those who helped make it happen. Please visit B-Film’s Facebook page for photos from the festival and from the ‘Screening Vulnerability’ symposium that kicked it all off.  Here are our previous programmes for posterity:

 

SRFF 2016:

PROGRAMME:

THURSDAY 15 SEPTEMBER

FILM SCREENING + Q&A WITH FILM DIRECTORS:
2PM | SEED: The Untold Story [dir: Jon Betz and Taggart Siegel, 2016, 94m]

A handsome and nutrient-rich look at efforts to preserve food-system biodiversity – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

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SEED follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000-year-old food legacy. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers and indigenous seed keepers ght a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food.

Admission £7/5*. Book to reserve your place.
This film carries a PG Certificate but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children.


FILM SCREENING + PANEL WITH FILM DIRECTORS:

5PM | Lubaraun [dir: Martha Clarissa Hernandez and Maria Jose Alvarez, 2013, 65m]

A powerful film – Ronald Woodaman, Director of The Smithsonian Latino Centre of Exhibitions and Public Programs

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A beautiful documentary about the Garifuna people (descendants of West African and Central African people) living on Central America’s Caribbean Coast.

Admission: FREE
This film carries a 12 Certificate but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children.


FILM SCREENING + Q&A FEATURING THE FILM’S CO-PRODUCER, JENN DURRETT:

7.45PM | After Spring [dirs: Ellen Martinez and Steph Ching, 2013, 65m]

Captures some of the complexity and contradiction of Zaatari as a temporary solution to a problem that has no obvious end in sight – Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

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With the Syrian conflict entering its sixth year, millions of people are displaced. This is a documentary about resilience, hope and the rebuilding of community in Zaatari in Jordan, the largest camp for Syrian refugees.

Admission: £6/4 – With Festival Pass £3/£2.  

This film carries a 12 Certificate but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children.


 

FRIDAY 16 SEPTEMBER

FILM SCREENING + Q&A FEATURING THE FILMMAKERS AND PRODUCERS BEHIND THE BIRMINGHAM FILM & VIDEO WORKSHOP
2PM | Giro – Is This the Modern World? [dir: Jonnie Turpie, 1984]

Giro

Made by the Birmingham Film & Video Workshop, Giro raises questions about unemployment and its e ects on young people. In it, a group of young Midlanders set out to explore the benet system, cross-examining a government minister, pop stars and Ken Livingstone along the way.

 

Admission: FREE
This film carries a 12 Certificate but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children.

This event is sponsored by Flatpack Assemble and is funded by the BFI Film Audience Network.

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FILM SCREENING + PANEL WITH FILM DIRECTORS AND OTHER SPECIAL GUESTS:
5PM | Generation Revolution [dir: Cassie Quarless and Usayd Younis, 2016, 74m]

An important contemporary document… passion and idealism oozes off the screen – Charlie Phillips, The Guardian

Generation

Admission £7/5*.
This film carries a 15 certificate and contains graphic descriptions of violence and language.

FILM SCREENING + PANEL DISCUSSION FEATURING THE DIRECTOR, JOHAN GRIMONPREZ, THE WRITER, ANDREW FEINSTEIN, AND BRITISH POLITICIAN CLARE SHORT
8PM | Shadow World [dir: Johan Grimonprez, 2016, 94 mins]

A superbly edited, angry documentary about the global arms trade that will energize politically-minded audiences. – Jay Weissberg, Variety

Shadow World

Based on the book of The Shadow World, this feature length documentary is an investigation into the multi-billion dollar international arms trade.

 

Admission: £7/5
This film carries a 15 certificate and contains graphic descriptions of violence and language.



SATURDAY 17 SEPTEMBER

FILM SCREENING + Q&A WITH FILM DIRECTOR
2PM | Hooligan Sparrow [dir: Johan Grimonprez, 2016, 94 mins]

A literal and moving testament to how political protest works: It may start off looking “small,” but it becomes powerful and large when it is seen.” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety.

Hooligan Sparrow

Nanfu Wang’s first film is a documentary about Ye Haiyan, aka Hooligan Sparrow, and other activists in China who dare to hit the streets for human rights, and what happens to them afterwards.

Admission: £6/£4 – With Festival Pass £3/£2

This film carries an 18 certificate and contains disturbing and distressing descriptions and film of the shelling of civilians, executions and atrocities.

FILM SCREENING + PANEL DISCUSSION WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
5PM | Ambulance [dir: Johan Grimonprez, 2016, 94 mins]

A literal and moving testament to how political protest works: It may start off looking “small,” but it becomes powerful and large when it is seen.” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety.

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A raw, first-person account of the war in Gaza in the summer of 2014. As war approaches, Mohamed Jabaly, a young man from Gaza City, joins an ambulance crew to document their stories.

 

Admission: £7/£5

This film carries a 15 certificate and contains graphic descriptions of violence and language.

This event is sponsored by FilmLab Palestine and is funded by the Sharek Youth Forum.

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FILM SCREENING + Q&A
8PM | Zvizdan – The High Sun [dir: Dalibor Matanić, 2016, 123 mins]

The acting shines brightly in three love stories told with absorbing passion.” – Deborah Young, Hollywood reporter.

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Nanfu Wang’s first film is a documentary about Ye Haiyan, aka Hooligan Sparrow, and other activists in China who dare to hit the streets for human rights, and what happens to them afterwards.

Admission: FREE

This film carries an 15 certificate and contains sexual references, violence and language.


SUNDAY 18 SEPTEMBER

FILM SCREENING FOLLOWED BY PANEL DISCUSSION
2PM | Battle of the Somme [prod: W.F. Jury, 2016, 74 mins]

People should be made to realise that war is not merely a lively game that goes on in newspapers.” – Richard Nelsson, The Guardian.

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Re-release, with newly commissioned score, of seminal documentary of the British army’s participation in the Battle of the Somme in France during World War I.

Admission: FREE

FILM SCREENING + Q&A WITH THE DIRECTOR
4PM | Chicken [dir: W.F. Jury, 2016, 86 mins]

Even Bolter’s widescreen cinematography captures the warmth, loneliness and harsh reality of this disenfranchised world with unobtrusive aplomb.” – Mark Kermode, The Guardian.

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A heart-wrenching British drama about a 15-year-old boy with learning difficulties.

Admission £8.70/£5.90, 2-4-1 with festival pass
This film carries a 15 Certificate containing strong language.

 

FILM SCREENING + PANEL WITH DIRECTORS & SPECIAL GUESTS + CLOSING NIGHT DRINKS
8PM | Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things [dir: Leila Sansour, 2013, 90m]

“The kind of art that peace processes are built on – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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As a small group in Nunavut, Canada prepare for a seminal LGBTQ Pride celebration in the Arctic, the lm shows the colonization of the Nunavut from the 1950s through the community’s thaw towards the LGBTQ community.

Admission: £7/£5
This film carries a 15 certificate containing moderate violence, peril and language.

 


 

SRFF 2015:

PROGRAMME:

THURSDAY 09 JULY

LAUNCH EVENT/ SCREENING & DRINKS RECEPTION :
6PM | Open Bethlehem [dir: Leila Sansour, 2013, 90m]

the kind of art that peace processes are built on – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Open Beth

Open Bethlehem is a story of a homecoming to the world’s most famous little town. Armed with her camera and her family’s unreliable car, Leila sets out to make an epic film about a legendary town in crisis but just a few months into filming the course of her life, and the film, takes an unexpected turn when her cousin Carol, Leila’s last relative in town, persuades her to stay and start a campaign to save the city.

Drawn from 700 hours of original footage and rare archive material, the film spans seven momentous years in the life of Bethlehem, revealing a city of astonishing beauty and political strife under occupation.

Following the screening, we are delighted to be joined by the film’s director, Leila Sansour, Deborah Burton from the Tipping Point Film Fund, and Salma Yaqoob, former leader and former vice-chairman of the Respect Party and a former Birmingham City Councillor.

Admission £7.50/5.50*. Book to reserve your place.
This film carries a PG Certificate but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children.

This event is sponsored by Voices of War and Peace: the Great War and its Legacy is a First World War Engagement Centre funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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FRIDAY 10 JULY

SCREENING + Q&A:
2PM | But They Can’t Break Stones [dir: Elena Dirstaru, 2015, 50m]

But They Can't Break Stones

Nepal’s civil war ended almost ten years ago, and its effects are still very visible, especially in terms of women’s rights. Violence against women is very common in Nepal and there are many women’s rights organisations trying to combat it, as well as improve women’s access to education in the aftermath of the conflict.

But They Can’t Break Stones follows the feminisation of a national trauma, documenting the effect the civil war had on women and how women’s lives are shaped by political instability and cultural norms that place them in domestic roles, documenting activists’ roles in Nepalese society, as well as the personal stories of women living in rural Nepal.

We’re delighted to be joined by the director, Elena Dirstaru, for a Q&A after the film conducted by Dr Shohini Chaudhuri

Admission free. Book to reserve your place.


FRIDAY 10 JULY

SCREENING + INTRODUCTION:
4.10PM | Waves [dir: Ahmed Nour, 2014, 71m]

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Combining archive footage, live action and animation, this feature-length documentary is a lyrical reflection on the Egyptian city of Suez, ‘a city of waves and crows’.

The documentary charts the bittersweet story of a generation born under the rule of Hosni Mubarak, who served as President of Egypt from 1981 – 2011. Suez was the first city to hold major anti-Mubarak protests during the Egyptian revolution in 2011, which resulted in Mubarak’s resignation after thirty years at the helm.

Despite their key role, the citizens of Suez have seen no justice from the courts for friends and family killed during the uprising, and have seen no improvement to their everyday lives. In this insightful film, Nour asks was it all worth it?

We’re delighted to have Dr Dima Saber with us to introduce the film

Admission free. Book to reserve your place.


FRIDAY 10 JULY

SCREENING + Q&A:
8.10PM |The Look of Silence [dir: Joshua Oppenheimer, 2014, 103m]

One of the greatest and most powerful documentaries ever made. A profound comment on the human condition.” – Errol Morris

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The Look of Silence is Joshua Oppenheimer’s powerful companion piece to the Oscar®-nominated The Act of Killing. Through Oppenheimer’s footage of perpetrators of the 1965 Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered, as well as the identities of the killers.

The documentary focuses on the youngest son, an optometrist named Adi, who decides to break the suffocating spell of submission and terror by doing something unimaginable in a society where the murderers remain in power: he confronts the men who killed his brother and, while testing their eyesight, asks them to accept responsibility for their actions. This unprecedented film initiates and bears witness to the collapse of fifty years of silence.

We’re delighted to be able to do a post-screening Q&A (via skype) with the film’s producer Signe Byrge Sørensen. Signe was also behind Oppenheimer’s Act of Killing (2012) as well as the documentary Concerning Violence (Göran Olsson, 2014) .

Admission £7.50/5.50*. Book to reserve your place.

This film carries a 15 certificate and contains graphic descriptions of killing and torture


SATURDAY 11 JULY

SCREENING + Q&A:
11AM | No Fire Zone [dir: Callum Macrae, 2013, 96m]

A difficult… enraging watch… Tragically it’s essential viewing.” – Time Out UK

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No Fire Zone is an Emmy nominated feature documentary which tells the story of the final months of the 26-year long Sri Lankan civil war.

The story is told by the people who lived through the war – and through some of the most dramatic and disturbing video evidence ever seen. This footage – direct evidence of war crimes, summary execution, torture and sexual violence – was recorded by both the victims and perpetrators on mobile phones and small cameras during the final 138 days of hell which form the central narrative of the film.

The product of a three year investigation, the film is credited with playing a key role in convincing the UN Human Rights Council in March 2014 to launch a major international war crimes investigation into the events in the closing stages of the war. Not just an agenda setting investigation, it is also a cinematic tour de force – a stunning and disturbing film in its own right.

We are delighted to announce that No Fire Zone director and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Callum Macrae will be present for a post-screening Q&A which will be conducted by John Horne.

Admission free. Book to reserve your place.
This film carries an 18 certificate and contains disturbing and distressing descriptions and film of the shelling of civilians, executions and atrocities.


SATURDAY 11 JULY

SCREENING + Q&A:
4.30PM | Riots Reframed [dir: Fahim Alam, 2014, 60m)

Riots Reframed

Riots Reframed is a feature-length documentary which reframes England’s 2011 riots through voices of resistance – threading these perspectives together using moody instrumentals, dramatic monologue and raw spoken word.

After being falsely accused of hurling bricks at the police during the east London riots, director Fahim Alam spent six weeks in prison on remand, and a further six months on an electronic tag. Following his release he set out to make this documentary challenging the UK power structure.

This hard-hitting film takes viewers on a journey that starts in Tottenham but extends to examine the role of police, power, racism, government, prison, war, resistance, and the media institutions that narrate them all.

We’re delighted that the director Fahim Alam will be present at the screening which will be followed by a Q&A conducted by Dr Kehinde Andrews.

Admission £7.50/5.50*. Book to reserve your place.
This film carries a 15 certificate and contains strong language.


SATURDAY 11 JULY

SCREENING + DISCUSSION:
6.30PM | Stories of Our Lives [dir: Jim Chuchu, 2014, 60m)

Stories

Stories of Our Lives is a Kenyan film created by members of The NEST, an arts collective working to explore African identities.

In 2013, the group began collecting and archiving the stories of persons identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex. The resulting film is an anthology of five vignettes dramatizing true stories of LGBTI life in Kenya. So compelling were these stories that The NEST were inspired to adapt some of them into short films.

Working on a shoestring budget with one small video camera, two LED lights, a portable digital recorder, a shotgun mic, and relentless courage and enthusiasm, the cast and crew shot, edited, and mixed five shorts over eight months to create this remarkable anthology film.

Winner of the Teddy Special Jury Award at Berlinale 2015, don’t miss your opportunity to see the first screening of this award-winning film outside London.

Admission £7.50/5.50*. Book to reserve your place.


BOOKING INFORMATION:

*Advance tickets are available online. Tickets cost £7.50 per event, or you can purchase a festival pass for £15.

Web: You can book online 24 hours a day, and either have your tickets posted to you, or you can collect your tickets in person. Online bookings should be made at macbirmingham.co.uk

Tel: The Sales & Information team are able to deal with queries 7 days a week, in person from 10am – 9.45pm (weekdays) and 9am – 9.45pm (weekends), and by telephone on 0121 446 3232 from 9am – 9.45pm.

Post: Bookings can also be made by post, with a cheque or postal order made payable to mac.

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