The 10 day Foyle Film Festival Intercultural & Anti Racism Programme began on Wednesday past and continues until Friday, 30 March offering primary, post-primary schools, colleges, universities, community groups, and the general public, a programme of international films, documentaries, presentations, workshops, and outreach screenings, exploring the themes and issues involved. Mrs Doreen Lawrence, whose son Stephen was murdered in a racially motivated attack in 1993, launched the festival on Wednesday at the Tower Hotel.
Upcoming special events include talks by human rights activist Peter Tatchell today at 12 noon and 7pm in the Tower Hotel. Peter has been campaigning for human rights for over 40 years, on issues of democracy, civil liberties, social equality, environmental protection, peace and global justice.
Other highlights include the innovative documentary ‘The First Movie’. It was made by Belfast born Mark Cousins, who gave kids in Iraq cameras so that they could record their day-to-day lives in a war zone. In As We Forgive two Rwandan women come face to face with the men who slaughtered their families during the 1994 genocide while Benda Bilili follows a group of street musicians from the Congo who have been hailed the new Buena Vista Social Club. The award-winning God Grew Tired Of Us explores the unbeatable spirit of three “Lost Boys” from Sudan who built productive and rewarding new lives for themselves in America while Emmanuel’s Gift celebrates the remarkable Emmanuel Ofosu from Ghana who was born with a deformed leg yet rode a bicycle across the country in order to eradicate the negative perception of the disabled.
BRUNSWICK MOVIEBOWL SCREENINGS: Friday 23rd and Monday 26th March at 10am: HAPPY FEET TWO 3D. Friday 30 March at 10am: UP 3D. These special 3D screenings cost just £2, but only as part of the Intercultural & Anti-Racism Festival.
KIDS’ WEEKEND FILM SCREENINGS: Saturday 24 March at 1pm in the Nerve Centre, HAPPY TO BE NAPPPY & OTHER STORIES OF ME & THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A CHANUKAH BUSH, SANDY GOLDSTEIN: This Emmy Award-winning package of animated tales shares poignant stories of special children who are all unique and different. Through these stories, kids learn that the world is a better place when they love themselves for who they are, and when they embrace the individuality of others – no matter what their differences may be.
Sunday 25 March at 2pm in the Nerve Centre, ELEANOR’S SECRET: When Nat’s family inherits aunt Eleanor’s house he is disappointed to learn that she left him her library of books as he cannot read. But the books contact a magical secret, as within their pages classic fairytale characters such as Alice In Wonderland and Puss In Boots come to life. So – to save the books from disappearing – Nat must learn to read fast. Kids Film Screenings Cost: £2
Tickets available for all events from the Nerve Centre Box Office, 7-8 Magazine Street, Derry/Londonderry BT48 6HJ. Tel: 028 71260562.
Festival Office: 028 71373456.