Nerve Centre To Celebrate International Women's Day with Inspiring Free Films

Nerve Centre To Celebrate International Women's Day with Inspiring Free Films

With a host of events planned city wide Nerve Centre is pleased to be joining in the celebration of International Women's Day with a unique set of film screenings on Saturday, March 8. Included in the bill are a fine mixture of styles helping to emphasise this year’s theme of 'inspiring change'. There are powerful contemporary documentaries, historical and cultural films, work from local film makers and even a modern kids’ classic to appeal to women of all ages, backgrounds and beliefs.

First up is Disney Pixar's animated classic Brave, a fairytale that does for mothers and daughters what Finding Nemo did for dads and sons. It’s the story of a princess named Merida who causes chaos in her kingdom by expressing the desire to not be betrothed. After consulting a witch Merida must battle to undo a curse forced upon her mother before it is too late.

We then have a special screening of new Irish Language documentary Vótaí do Mhná (Votes for Women), which tells the story of how Irish women obtained the vote through the eyes of key activists. Covered by local filmmakers Dearcán Media are the years of humiliation and rejection by an openly hostile parliament, the early attempts to get the Irish Party to support suffrage, and the emergence of more militant suffragettes and republicans from 1913 onwards.

This is followed by a chance to see The Maidens' City: A Herstory of the Walled City, one of the City of Culture highlights. The documentary from award winning Sole Purpose productions and University of Ulster academic and film maker Anne Crilly follows last year's dramatised tour of the City Walls in the company of women from Derry’s history; Eleanor Marx, Amelia Earhart, Shirt factory workers and more. A tour of the city unlike any other, the film's director will also introduce the screening.

Rounding off the afternoon will be HBO's Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, an important and salient documentary given recent events in Russia and with themes still being echoed in the evening news. As The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw puts it: 'This argues that Pussy Riot suffered an old- fashioned Soviet show trial. Naive they may be, but they have courage – certainly compared to the swaggering, hatchet-faced male bullies ranged against them.'

Admission to all screenings is free and take place in Nerve Centre Cinema 2. See our What's On section for show times.

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