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Young and Alive / L’Epoque at LFF 2018

Young and Alive is not quite an apt translation of the original title of this film, L’Epoque, which in its subtitles has been translated as the more accurate "our times". Director Matthieu Bareyre was keen to stress this during the Q&A (...)

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Naila and the Uprising @DocHouse

Naila and the Uprising was a DocHouse screening. It’s rare that a film makes me so angry that I can’t seem to describe it without a rant summarising it as ‘o the injustice!’ but that really was the effect of Julia Bacha’s film. Opening scene: (...)

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Get Out - "Timely representations of blackness"

In short, loved it. In long, ‘Get Out’ is everything you’ve heard and more. Consistently, whether I’m in book club, the bar, in a secret black people meeting at work, people who’ve seen it want to see it again. And those who have seen it twice offer (...)

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Q&A with Adrian Tanner, dir. of Redistributors, at the East End Film Fest

What was your background in film prior to Redistributors? I started out as an editor and got indulgently trained at the BBC in Bristol on wildlife shows with David Attenborough. Then moved to London and cut a lot of TV. What sparked the idea (...)

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Stories of our Lives - Film Africa 2015

Stories of our Lives is a sequence of five tales sourced from real life experiences of gay Kenyans. The film uses the same crisp, saturated black and white photography across its five sections. Even though this creates a flattening of visual (...)

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Leonore Schick’s TTIP&Feminist Film Saturday

For more on the Feminist Film Fest, check out filmmaker and Leonore Schick’s blog article... "The London Feminist Film Festival It Happened Here trigger warning: sexual assault, sexual violence, rape. Initially, I only planned to go along to (...)

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Clear Lines Festival: Brave Miss World & The Unspeakable Crime: Rape

Earlier this month, filmmaker and academic Winnie M. Li and psychologist Dr. Nina Burrows presented Clear Lines: ‘the first ever festival dedicated to talking about sexual assault and consent through the arts and discussion’. This programme (...)

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Above and Below - East End Film Festival

Above and Below is a charming and inoffensive documentary surrounding the lives of a few outcasts who have completely distanced themselves from ‘ordinary’ life and the society that this comprises. Whether this rejection is a result of their (...)

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Generation Right - East End Film Festival

It brought it all back, the years that formed the person I am today: the Thatcher Years. Generation Right is a powerful reminder of why I became a radical community activist. It tells the story of Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Britain’s first female (...)

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Welcome to Leith - East End Film Festival 2015

Watching Welcome to Leith weeks after the shooting in Charleston the stakes are high. The film has at its centre the white supremacist Craig Cobb and is being seen around the world at a time when the reality of racist violence is (momentarily) (...)

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