The inaugural SOAS Community Free Film Festival starts Monday 7 March, and packs in six days of free film events across Bloomsbury, organised by students at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London. What a bargain: especially given there are some new great new releases here, including Black Panthers, Girlhood and A Syrian Love Story.!
You can see the full list of events below. All events free and open to the public.
Monday 7 March - A SYRIAN LOVE STORY. An intimate documentary telling the story of a family torn apart by imprisonment, exile, and Assad. Presented by SOAS Arabic Film Society.
Monday 7 March – INCEPTION. Watch this science-fiction thriller on the big screen – refreshments and snacks provided!
Tuesday 8 March - SOAS FILMMAKERS SHOWCASE. An evening showcasing the filmmaking talent of SOAS students past and present.
Tuesday 8 March - FAN POPO DOCUMENTARIES. LGBT shorts directed by Fan Popo, queer filmmaker, writer, and activist from mainland China.
Wednesday 9 March - MR. COPERTHWAITE: SPRING IN DICKINSON'S REACH. Follows Bill Coperthwaite and his back-to-the-land attempt to build a ‘handmade life’ in the forest of Maine, USA. Including director Q&A. Presented by SOAS Ethnographic Film Series.
Wednesday 9 March - BEFORE TOMORROW. Tells the story of a woman and her grandson as they face the challenges of survival in a small Inuit community in Quebec. Presented by Native Spirit Foundation.
Wednesday 9 March - CONCERNING VIOLENCE and LES MAITRES FOUS. Two films which seek to readdress colonial histories. Introduced by Professor Marloes Janson.
Wednesday 9 March - WE WERE CHILDREN. Explores the impact of the Canadian government's school system, as seen through the eyes of two children who were forced to flee their hardships. Followed by a panel discussion. Presented by SOAS UN Society.
Thursday 10 March – GIRLHOOD. Focuses on the lives of a group of black teenage girls in a rough neighbourhood on the outskirts of Paris. Presented by SOAS Women's Network.
Thursday 10 March – MY BROTHER THE DEVIL. Portrays two teenage brothers struggling to survive the perils of being British Arabs growing up on the streets of gangland London. Presented by SOAS Cinema Society.
Friday 11 March - TRIPLETTES DE BELLEVILLE – WITH LIVE SOUNDTRACK. The Cabinet of Living Cinema perform a live music soundtrack to the classic Triplettes de Belleville(aka Belleville Rendezvous), using orchestral instruments as well as found objects to capture the dark and humorous atmosphere of the film.
Friday 11 March - LIFE IS WAITING: REFERENDUM AND RESISTANCE IN WESTERN SAHARA. Gives a voice to a desert people for whom colonialism has never ended. Presented by Solidarity With Refugees and Displaced People Society.
Saturday 12 March - BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION. First feature length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, weaving rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there. Presented by Decolonising Our Minds.