Britain on Film: Protest! Launch Event

2:15pm, Opera House, Sunday 17 March

The Independent Cinema Office (ICO) presents the launch of Britain on Film: Protest! A collection of short films that explores the varied and fascinating history of public protest in the UK.

From a 1910 suffragette demonstration to striking coal miners in the Rhondda Valley, from female CND protesters spanning the Tamar Bridge to the defeat of fascists at London’s Cable Street, this absorbing, illuminating collection examines the nature of protests large and small and for causes regional and national, by participants fighting for suffrage and democracy, against exploitation and inequality, for fair wages and worker’s rights, for public safety, freedom and community and in the face of war and oppression.

Sourced from the national and regional archives and newly digitised, Britain on Film: Protest! tells a story not just about specific protests and their causes but about a tumultuous social, political and economic century and the constant, dynamic presence of public dissent and its effects as a weapon of change – at a time when raising our voices feels more essential than ever.

A unique opportunity to be the first to see these important films!

Britain on Film: Protest will be introduced by the Independent Cinema Office..

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Film Information
Dir: various
Year: 1910 – 1986
Running time: 90 mins

Part of the Britain on Film on Tour.

The Britain on Film on Tour is a series of archive film programmes for cinemas, film clubs, museums, archives, or community spaces. Working with the British Film Institute, the Independent Cinema Office is now able to make available extraordinary treasures from film archives across the UK, available to the British public for the first time. After one of the largest pieces of film preservation and restoration ever undertaken, Britain on Film on Tour reveals new and unseen stories from as early as 1897. This wide and diverse range of material opens up local and regional histories from across the UK.

Rafiki (2018)

2:30pm Sunday 17 March 2019, Opera House

Year: 2018
Running Time: 1 hour 22 minutes
Director: Wanuri Kahiu
Genre: Drama
Language: English/Swahili + subtitles
Cert: 12A

With beautiful scenes connected through shades of fuchsia and violet, reflecting the femininity of the characters, this gentle film follows the development of love between two young women. Set against the backdrop of the bustling streets of Nairobi, the two very different girls must choose between love and safety surrounded by insular gossip, local politics and burgeoning maturity. Their magnetic pull draws us into a queer Romeo and Juliet romance, as they try to hide their relationship from their politically opposing fathers.

Directed by Wanuri Kahiu, part of a strong cohort of Kenyan female filmmakers, Rafiki was the first Kenyan film to be included in the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes earlier last year, and was then controversially banned from being shown in Kenya by the Kenya Film Classification Board.

TRIPLE F-Rated: The F-Rating is awarded to films
1. directed by a woman and/or
2. written by a woman.
If the film also features significant women on screen in their own right it is TRIPLE F-Rated
More information: http://f-rated.org

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