Intercultural and Anti-Racism Festival Closes With Hard Hitting ‘Hunted’ Documentary

Intercultural and Anti-Racism Festival Closes With Hard Hitting ‘Hunted’ Documentary

Using the medium of film, Foyle Film Festival’s Intercultural and Anti-Racism programme aimed to raise awareness of war, human rights abuses and the environment, March 24 - 28. After five days of thought-provoking feature films and documentaries from around the world, the programme wrapped with a special screening of Liz MacKean’s powerful ‘Hunted’ documentary.
 
Known for her controversial investigation into Jimmy Savile, which uncovered evidence that he was a serial child abuser, the award-winning investigative reporter, Liz MacKean introduced the hard-hitting documentary which focuses on attacks by two Russian anti-gay vigilante groups, Parents of Russia and Occupy Paedophilia in shocking and harrowing footage.
 
Having discovered only 1% of individuals are openly gay in Russia, Liz spent several months researching ahead of the Winter Olympics and made contact with vigilantes ‘hunting’ gay men on social media. Once targeted, the individuals were lured to a meeting place and captured before being beaten and filmed.
 
Since being broadcast on Channel 4 in February, ‘Hunted’ has sparked world-wide controversy as shocking footage revealed the eye-watering levels of homophobia in Russia.
 
‘We filmed these groups with their knowledge, and what I found shocking afterwards was that only a few asked to have their faces disguised. They all believe they are doing the right thing.’ said Liz Mackean.
 
The screening was followed by a lively discussion with the British journalist and reporter, who revealed the documentary would be released in the United States and she therefore hoped it would keep the story in the public domain.
 
In additional to a full programme of events aimed at schools and colleges, the festival offered nightly screenings at Nerve Centre Cinema, targeted at the general public. Highlights included a screening of BAFTA and Emmy Award winning director John Pilger's new film Utopia, Blue Is The Warmest Colour and Cannes Film Festival 2013 winner, The Selfish Giant.
 
The Intercultural & Anti-Racism Festival is funded by DCAL through Northern Ireland Screen. Venue Partner is Brunswick Moviebowl.
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