The leading anti-racism campaigner, Doreen Lawrence, arrives in Derry this evening to deliver the opening event of the Foyle Film Festival Intercultural & Anti-Racism Programme tomorrow.
Mrs Lawrence will attend the screening of ‘Stephen Lawrence: A Time for Justice’ at the Tower Hotel on Wednesday. The Panorama special details the death of her son Stephen in April 1993 following the recent conviction of Gary Dobson and David Norris for his murder.
Also attending the Programme to host a seminar and lead a Q&A session is human rights activist Peter Tatchell, who has been campaigning for human rights for over 40 years on issues of democracy, civil liberties, social equality, environmental protection, peace and global justice.
Now in its seventh year, the Intercultural & Anti-Racism Programme aims to help promote a tolerant, inclusive and shared society through education and entertainment.
Over a 10-day period primary, post-primary schools, colleges, universities, community groups and the general public will attend and take part in a series of international films, documentaries, presentations, workshops and outreach screenings.
Bernie McLaughlin, Foyle Film Festival Director, said she was honoured that Mrs. Lawrence would be officially beginning the Programme.
“Mrs Lawrence has spent the last 18 years fighting to secure justice for her murdered son Stephen along with other victims of racially motivated crime and she is an inspirational figure whose significance is recognised globally.” For more info see www.foylefilmfestival.org or call 02871 373 456.