Marking Ten Years of Promoting Diversity Through Film

Marking Ten Years of Promoting Diversity Through Film

Foyle Film Festival will mark a decade of exploring important themes and topics this month with the tenth Intercultural and Anti-Racism programme, running from Monday 23 to Saturday 28 March.
 
Since 2005 the annual event has offered schools, colleges, community groups and the public a range of educational screenings and workshops raising awareness of issues both local and global, from racism, discrimination and harassment to war, human rights abuses and the environment. 
 
This year’s programme continues to encourage young people and the wider community to embrace diversity through the medium of film, while broadening cultural awareness as well as literacy and cine-literacy skills.
 
Highlights include a special 75th anniversary family screening of Pinocchio at Brunswick Moviebowl. As the first ever animated Oscar winner, the magical Walt Disney production is still held as a high point of cinematic invention.

 

 
Fifty years on from the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 a screening of the Oscar-nominated Selma for post-primary schools pays tribute to one of the most significant victories of the civil rights movement while the BAFTA-winning Au Revoir Les Enfants, described as 'one of the great movies about World War Two and the German Occupation’, commemorates 70 years since the liberation of the concentration camps.
 
The breathtaking documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams will provide a unique glimpse into mankind’s earliest artworks and the lost histories tied to them while all throughout the week post-primary teachers can bring themes of the programme into the classroom by booking outreach packages of films including The Imitation Game and Pride.
 
In addition the main primary programme, already boasting children’s literary classic Charlotte’s Web, last year’s long-awaited big screen debut for Paddington is a standout of those available for teachers to screen without having to leave the school grounds.
 
The film-going public are welcome to enjoy a week of unflinching feature screenings each night at the Nerve Centre, from Sundance Film Festival award-winners Dreamcatcher and Dear White People to Desert Flower, the astounding biopic of African activist Waris Dirie.
 
The public programme also extends to the Nerve Centre’s ongoing Creative Centenaries project with a special screening of poetic documentary The Green Fields of France at the Tower Museum. Exploring the role of Irish men who fought and died during the First World War, the film will be introduced with a talk from Donal McAnallen of ‘Forgotten Gaelic Volunteers’ on the project’s work to identify the GAA members who gave their lives in the same conflict. 
 
Away from the traditional screenings the festival sees BAFTA-nominated animator John McCloskey launch the beautifully illustrated book edition of his hand drawn film The Crumblegiant
 
Foyle Film Festival is a flagship project of the Nerve Centre. Foyle Film Festival's Intercultural & Anti-Racism Programme is funded by DCAL through Northern Ireland Screen. Venue Partner is Brunswick Moviebowl.
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