Here is the FULL LINE UP of the film festival! Check out which ones you want to go to…
FILM SESSION 1: 10:45 – 11:45 (Chile/Brazil) Main Hall
> Documentary – Crafting Resistance: The Art of Chilean Political Prisoners
Directors: Carmen Luz Parot and Gloria Miqueles
The film will be introduced by Jimena Pardo (Bordando por la memoria project)
Crafting Resistance: The Art of Chilean Political Prisoners examines how craftwork made by political prisoners during their internment in the 1970s by the military regime led by General Pinochet has contributed to the mental health and well-being of those involved, particularly following their exile to the UK. The
film engages with important issues around forced migration, well-being and resistance, showing how even in the most extreme circumstances it is sometimes possible to exert a degree of agency and demonstrate resistance. Given the
longevity of the Chilean experience, the film illustrates how people live with the aftermath of torture and incarceration.
> An exclusive 5 minutes clip from the award-winning documentary ‘The Trial’ about the judicial coup against former Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff.
The film’s director Maria Augusta Ramos will give a 10 minute introduction to the clip.
More information about the film here:https://variety.com/2018/film/reviews/the-trial-review-1202725767/
FILM SESSION 2: 11:45 – 12:45 (Nicaragua) Main Hall
> Documentary – The New Battle for Nicaragua
Director: Redfish, 25 mins, 2018
Months of civil unrest in Nicaragua have left hundreds dead and wounded. The international media has chosen to put the blame squarely on President Daniel Ortega’s government. Yet supporters of the Sandinista government have also been among those tortured and killed, and massive pro-Ortega demonstrations have largely been ignored by the press. Redfish travelled to Nicaragua to find out if the reality on the ground is as one-sided as it has been presented.
+ post-screening Q&A with Redfish journalist and the film’s presenter Marcel Cartier.
The above film be preceded by a 5 minute short documentary about culture and politics in Concepcion, Chile. Directed by Simon Diaz-Cuffin. UK premiere.
FILM SESSION 3: 13.00 – 13.50 (Cuba) Main Hall
> Documentary – Maestra
Director: Catherine Murphy, 34 mins, 2012
In September of 1960 Cuba announced to the world that it would eradicate illiteracy within one year through a massive call for volunteer teachers. One quarter of a million people volunteered, many leaving their homes and families to spend months in the mountains and valleys across the nation.
Half of those volunteer teachers were under 18 years old and over half of them were women. They taught more than 700,000 people to read and write in one year, many of their students learning to write the alphabet – or their names – for the first time. Neither teachers nor students would ever be the same.
Introduced by Cuba Solidarity Campaign and UK teachers who were part of a NEU delegation to Cuba this October.
FILM SESSION 4: 15.00 – 16:00 (Colombia) Main Hall
> Documentary – Truce
Directors: Teilo Vellacott and Pablo Navarrete, 33 mins, 2017, Alborada Films/Studio 5a
Official Selection – 39 Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano de La Habana (2017)
Official Selection – 34 Festival de Cine de Bogotá (2017)
TRUCE explores the Colombian peace negotiations through the stories of women FARC guerrillas. These women have laid down their arms, left the Colombian jungle and are now in Havana, Cuba negotiating a peace deal with the Colombian government, which they hope will not only bring an end to the world’s longest armed conflict, but will also guarantee women’s rights and social justice in Colombia.
While the drama unfolds, TRUCE also turns its lens on the journalists reporting on the peace talks, and on Havana’s inhabitants as they go about their everyday lives. With unprecedented access to these women guerrillas, TRUCE offers an intimate insight into their lives and struggles in times of war and peace.
The film will be introduced by the film’s co-director Pablo Navarrete and Christine Blower. Christine was General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and is currently President of the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE), and International Secretary of the NUT section of the National Education Union (NEU).
Mariela Kohon, Director of Justice for Colombia, will provide an update on the peace deal and the human rights situation in Colombia after the screening.
Screening sponsored by the the National Education Union(NEU)
and supported by Justice for Colombia