A day of screenings, panels and discussion bringing together activist filmmakers from across the UK and beyond. Working with the Radical Film Network, this event seeks to ask why and how we make activist films, from conception to dissemination, and asks what we can learn from each other to keep producing change.
The day includes the following films:
Directed by David Archibald, Martin Clark & Cara Connolly
(2017, 30 min)
They Call Us Maids: The Domestic Workers' Story
Directed by Leeds Animation Workshop
(2015, 7 min)
Directed by Fernando González Mitjáns
(2015, 39 min)
The Rainbow House Woman
Directed by Gilberto Alexandre Sobrinho
(2017, 23 min)
09.15 Doors Open
09.30 Introduction & Welcome
Prof. Paul Cooke, University of Leeds and Dr. Laura Ager, Radical Film Network
09.40 Film Screening: Voicing Hidden Histories
A documentary outlining the recent work of the University of Leeds-led project ‘Troubling the National Brand and Voicing Hidden Histories’, using participatory filmmaking to work with marginalised communities in Brazil, South Africa and India throughout 2017. Prof. Paul Cooke
10.00 Screening, Q&A and Discussion: Resistant Cultures
Screening: The Rainbow House Woman (Brazil, 2017, 23min) Director: Gilberto Alexandre Sobrinho; Producer: Julio Matos and Marcelo Félix.
A poetic documentary about the history and life of Mãe Dango, a priestess of Candomblé de Angola, in the city of Hortolândia, in the state of São Paulo. She is the bearer and diffuser of the banto legacy, and has become a symbol of the fight against racism, religious intolerance and the end of poverty. Faith, resistance, beauty and community affections are the strong values related to her figure.
Discussion: Gilberto Alexandre Sobrinho in conversation with Dr. Andrew Moore
11.15 Coffee Break
11.30 Screenings, Q&A and Discussion: Migrant Female Workers
Screening: Limpiadores (UK, 2015, 39min) Director & Producer: Fernando González Mitjȧns
Before the professors and students arrive for their morning classes at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, some people there are just finishing work. ‘Limpiadores’ charts the day-to-day invisible labour of the outsourced Latin American cleaners working on campus, and focuses on their ongoing campaign to demand being brought in-house as SOAS staff. The film also highlights the earlier deportation of nine colleagues.
Screening: They Call Us Maids: The Domestic Workers’ Story
UK, 2015, 7min; Director & Writer: Terry Wragg; Animator: Jo Dunn; Producer: Leeds Animation Workshop
An animated film from Leeds Animation Workshop that draws on the experiences of migrant domestic workers living and working in private homes across the UK. Isolated in foreign households, these women from extremely poor backgrounds work for long hours and low pay. Many find themselves trapped in conditions of great hardship. The film was commissioned by Pavilion and produced by Leeds Animation Workshop, in collaboration with Justice for Domestic Workers.
Discussion: Terry Wragg and Mimi and Janet from The Voice of Domestic Workers, in conversation with Laura Ager
12.30 Lunch break
13.30 Screenings, Q&A and Discussion: Making Films with Children
Screening: Govan Young (UK, 2017, 30min) Directors: David Archibald, Martin Clark, Cara Connolly; Producer: David Archibald
Through field trips, interviews and encounters with the past, Pirie Park Primary School pupils in Govan discover Glasgow’s medieval history and heritage. Co-Director David Archibald said: “The city understands itself primarily through its relationship to industry, but we have an important pre-industrial past we need to engage with.” And it’s not just the lost kingdom of Strathclyde that’s new, many of them are visiting the River Clyde for the first time.
Discussion: Prof. David Archibald in conversation with Prof. Paul Cooke
14.30 Panel/Discussion: Dissemination
Laura Ager, David Archibald, Paul Cooke, Andrew Moore, Gilberto Alexandre Sobrinho, and Terry Wragg
15.45 World Premiere: Changing the Story Youth Protest Film premiere
Refreshments included. Bring your own lunch.
Generously funded by the AHRC. Support by LIFF and the Hyde Park Picture House.
Free, but booking is essential.
Voicing Hidden Histories: a two day conference on Participatory Arts and Activist Film-making (14 — 15 November 2017)
Part of the 31st Leeds International Film Festival