Baraka and Samsara

Baraka and Samsara

Sunday 28 January 2018, 14.00-17.30
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
£3, Members/concessions £2

A double bill of non-narrative documentaries looking at the human events and experiences that shape life.

Baraka means 'breath of life' or 'a blessing' and this documentary was filmed over 13 months in 24 countries in 70mm.

Director: Ron Fricke
1992, 93 minutes, Cert. PG

Samsara continues the journey 20 years later, filmed over five years in 25 countries, in 70mm clarity with a vivid world music soundtrack.

Director: Ron Fricke
2011, 102 minutes, Cert. 12

There will be a 15-minute interval between the two films. 


Hermitage Revealed

Hermitage Revealed

Sunday 14 January 2018, 14.00-15.30
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
£3, Members/concessions £2

Made in 2014 to celebrate 250 years of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, this film explores the human stories of one of the greatest art collections in the world. Discover the amazing stories that saw the Imperial Palace transformed into today's world-renowned museum.

Director: Margy Kinmonth
2014, 83 minutes, Cert. U  


LGBTQ film day: Call me Salma

LGBTQ film day: Call me Salma

Saturday 14 October 2017, 13.30-14.55
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Free, booking essential

Set in the crowded back alleys of Dhaka, Bangladesh, this documentary film follows Salma a 15-year-old Hijra, who left her village and family to enter the effervescent city life in a search of a clear identity, love and above all, a sense of acceptance.

Emotionally torn between her youth and her desire of being a woman, Salma will be faced with events that will force her, as well as the audience, to question any preconceived notions of gender, sexuality, family and love.

Introduction by Jennifer Ung Loh, Research Associate at SOAS South Asia Institute.

53 minutes, Directors: Sébastien Rist & Aude Leroux-Lévesque, Cert. TBC

It is essential to book a ticket for each section of the film day. Curated in collaboration with Camden LGBT Forum. 


LGBTQ film day: Sisak and Levita

LGBTQ film day: Sisak and Levita

Saturday 14 October 2017, 11.30-12.15
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Free, booking essential

Two short films that explore the themes from the Room 69a display Desire, love, identity: exploring LGBTQ histories.

Sisak (16 minutes, Director: Faraz Arif Ansari) tells the story of two gay men in Mumbai who meet and fall in love in regular train journeys. Burdened with the larger social (and legal) scorn the two are unable to say anything to each other.

Levita (19 minutes, Director: Victoria Burns) is an intimate portrait of a remote community, a world in which dance, sisterhood and desire become an affirmation of acceptance. On a remote island in Kiribati, in the heart of the Pacific, the flamboyant Levita Levi flourishes. Openly gay, Levita is labelled a Binabinaine by the Kiribatese, a term to describe her gender identity and identification as female while being born male. Obsessed with dance, Levita and her fellow Binabinaines perform their unique brand of Polynesian dancing to audiences on the island. Introduced by the director.

It is essential to book a ticket for each section of the film day. Curated in collaboration with Camden LGBT Forum. 


LGBTQ film day: Two soft things, two hard things

LGBTQ film day: Two soft things, two hard things

Saturday 14 October 2017, 15.15–17.00
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Free, booking essential

As a small group in Nunavut, Canada prepare for a seminal LGBTQ Pride celebration in the Arctic, this documentary film explores how colonisation and religion have shamed and erased traditional Inuit beliefs about sexuality and family structure.

It also examines how, 60 years later, a new generation of Inuit are actively ‘unshaming’ their past. Introduced by the directors.

71 minutes, Directors: Mark Kenneth Woods and Michael Yerxa, Cert. TBC

It is essential to book a ticket for each section of the film day. Curated in collaboration with Camden LGBT Forum. 


London Korean Film Festival 2017 screening: Candle Wave Feminists (시국페미)

London Korean Film Festival 2017 screening: Candle Wave Feminists (시국페미)

Monday 30 October 2017, 14.00-15.30
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking essential

A screening of the short film Candle Wave Feminists (시국페미), made as part of an activist project which documents feminists’ protests in South Korea in 2016.

These candlelight rallies, taking place in Gwanghwamun Square, bring to light the defiance of feminist organisations who are daring to subvert society and retell women’s history.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Treasa O’Brien, Ania Ostrowska, and Director Kangyu Garam, moderated by Sophie Mayer.

Directed by Kangyu Garam, 40 minutes, Cert U 


Russian Ark

Russian Ark

Saturday 2 December 2017, 14.00-15.45
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
£3, Members/concessions £2

This critically acclaimed film consists of one continuous shot lasting the entire length of the film. It follows a 19th-century French aristocrat as he travels through the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg encountering figures that span its history, from Peter the Great to current Director Mikhail Piotrovsky.

Director: Alexander Sokurov
2002, 99 minutes, Cert: U  


Scythians: Amazons of the Steppe

Scythians: Amazons of the Steppe

Saturday 16 December 2017, 14.00-15.15
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
£3, Members/concessions £2

Part of the Epic Warrior Women series, this documentary tells the stories of the military achievements of the ‘Amazons’ of the steppe – the Scythians.

Introduced by producers Urban Canyons, and followed by a Q&A. 


Silence

Silence

Saturday 3 February 2018, 14.00-17.00
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
£3, Members/concessions £2

26 years in the making, Martin Scorsese brings Shusaku Endo's novel to life, exploring faith in extreme circumstances.

Young Catholic missionaries Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Garupe (Adam Driver) go on a secret mission to hostile Japan find their old mentor Ferreira (Liam Neeson) who is rumoured to have abandoned his faith and married. They are confronted by the harsh realities of faith in a place that rejects their beliefs but find strength in the small but determined congregation they find there.

Director: Martin Scorsese
2016, 161 minutes, Cert. 15 


The Dhamma Brothers

The Dhamma Brothers

Sunday 18 March 2018, 14.00-15.30
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
£3, Members/concessions £2

This documentary explores the power of mediation and how it can transform lives. In an overcrowded maximum security prison in Alabama a small group of men have taken up Vipassana mediation, an emotionally and physically demanding course of silent mediation taking place over 10 days.

Director: Andrew Kukara
2007, 76 minutes, Cert. E