To celebrate Refugee Week 2017, Counterpoints Arts have partnered with BFI again this year, to create an exciting film programme of cinematic and virtual reality stories that invite audiences to witness and engage with experiences of displacement.
The programme includes four different screening experiences:
Screening of restored Oscar-winning period drama, Julia, which will be introduced by the magnificent Vanessa Redgrave (work permitting). The film is based on Lilian Hellman’s account of a wealthy childhood friend who turns her back on privilege to follow her ideals and support victims of the Nazi regime in Germany prior to world War Two.
Screening of Stranger in Paradise – a provocative and fresh appraoch to documentary filmmaking, featuring an actor posing as a teacher who confronts newly arrived migrants/refugees with extreme political viewpoints from their host country. The screening will be followed by a discussion exploring the innovative storytelling techniques employed in the documentary and the tensions between media discourses, lived experiences, and politics.
The Refugee Journeys programme is a non-bookable drop-in event (15.00- 18.00pm) including award-winning VR immersive documentary HOME: Aamir, produced by National Theatre and Surround Vision, which follows the story of a young man escaping the threat of murder in Sudan. The programme also includes VR short story We Wait exploring one Syrian family’s story as they wait to cross the Aegean seas, produced as part of the BBC Connected Studios ‘Future of Content’ programme, and Channel 4 News’ interactive video story Two Billion Miles, using real news footage documenting the journey of displaced individuals.
The Refugee Journeys programme will be followed by a discussion (18.15pm) exploring the synergy between 360 technology, virtual reality and documentary storytelling, while also addressing ways of ‘seeing’ and understanding the ‘refugee crisis’. The discussion is free but please book in advance by calling the BFI box office on 020 79283232 due to limited capacity.
Screening of The Good Postman – a documentary that follows the story of a postman living in a Bulgarian border town, who decides to challenge the establishment by proposing a radical policy of welcoming ‘refugees’. Drawing on the events and real-life experience of the cast, this blend of documentary and lavish cinematography delivers a poignant, pertinent and deeply affecting story from the life of a community.
For information about the events and for booking options please visit the BFI website.
Refugee Week (19-25 June 2017) is an annual nationwide celebration of the contribution of refugees to the UK.Booking Information