Meet the directors of Other Cinemas FREE independent screenings
Back with their next round of FREE independent film screenings, Other Cinemas have an exciting lineup this September of three independent directors and filmmakers.
Giving filmmakers an opportunity to express and showcase their work, Other Cinemas and Wembley Park are proud to give a platform for these incredible directors to showcase their creativity and skills whilst discussing a range of relevant and thought-provoking topics such as politics, diversity and society.
The screenings are completely FREE and are held in The Yellow on their respective dates. Without further ado, meet the directors and filmmakers behind this screenings and hear a little more about the work they have done.
Orson Nava Retrospective
Friday 13th September, 7PM
The first of the three screenings will be a retrospective of director Orson Nava’s work and a discussion and Q&A with Nava himself. With a background of directing dramas and documentaries BBC, C4 and ITV and music videos for record labels including Polydor, EMI and Island Records, Nava’s recent work includes short political thriller ‘A Viable Candidate’ and ‘Everyday Borders’, a one hour documentary exploring the impact of the hostile environment on migrant communities in the UK.
Along with the director Q&A, Other Cinemas will be screenings two of Nava’s directorial pieces. The for mentioned ‘A Viable Candidate’ – an 18 minute short film around a man named Sylvan Bradshaw who is on track to be Britain’s first black prime minister, whose chances are threatened when his ‘bad boy’ past is threatened to derail his career and destroy his marriage. To view the trailer for ‘A Viable Candidate’ click here. The next short film will be Nava’s 25 minute ‘The Protector’ from 1994 – a documentary about Glenford Dinnal-Allen, a linguist and practicing Buddhist who works as a bodyguard, and guarded Nelson Mandela on his visit to London.
Nava’s screening and Q&A will be held on Friday 13th September at 7PM in The Yellow. To find out more and register your interest, click here.
Udita Screening + Director Q&A with Hannan Majid
Friday 20th September, 7PM
Following the struggle of female garment workers in Bangladesh, UDITA (Rise) is a powerful documentary directed by Hannan Majid, which will be screened along with a director’s Q&A with Majid.
Following a turbulent five years in the lives of women at the grassroots of the garment workers in Bangladesh, UDITA starts in 2010 when organising in the workplace led to beatings and arrests. Produced by The Rainbow Collective and OpenVizor, UDITA then follows the tragedies of Tazreen and Rana Plaza, leading to the present day when the long fights begins to pay dividends. This vital period is seen through the unions’ female members, works and leaders. Click here to view the trailer for UDITA (Rise).
UDITA’s director, Hannan Majid is a documentary filmmaker who also runs documentary production house called The Rainbow Collective. Specialising in creating productions which highlight and deal with children/human rights issues The Rainbow Collective films include ‘Into The Unknown’, ‘Skinny’, ‘AmaZulu: The Children Of Heaven’, ‘Bafana’, ‘Not A Muslim In Sight’ and ‘Homeless’. These have been exhibited at several international film festivals.
Majid’s screening and Q&A will be held on Friday 20th September at 7PM in The Yellow. To find out more and register your interest, click here.
Ana Naomi de Sousa – Screenings + Q&A
Friday 27th September, 7PM
The final of the FREE September Screenings is the work of Ana Naomi de Sousa. Naomi is an award-winning filmmaker and writer whose work addresses history, architecture and identity. She co-directed ‘Saydnaya – Inside a Syrian Torture Prison’, a collaboration between Forensic Architecture and Amnesty International that gained international media attention and was awarded a Peabody Award in 2017.
On the night, alongside Naomi’s Q&A, will be screenings of three of her powerful works. Her 2014 ‘The Architecture of Violence’ – a 25 minute short film following Israeli architect Eyal Weizman and his journey across the settlements and roads of the West Bank and along the Separation Wall, demonstrating how architecture is central to the Israeli occupation of Palestine. ‘Saydnaya’ – the for mentioned award-winning Interactive Documentary Project with Forensic Architecture, for Amnesty International, where a 3-D reconstruction of the notorious Saydnaya prison in Syria is created on the basis of testimonies from former prisoners who were held there in fear and darkness. And finally ‘Living Room’, an 11 minute documentary set in the far north of Sweden, near the Arctic circle – an area where Sweden now sends many of its asylum seekers and refugees – and was made with Palestinian architect Sandi Hilal. It asks questions about how the dynamics between the “guest” and the “host” can be shifted by the simple act of hosting, in the space of the living room.
Naomi’s screening and Q&A will be held on Friday 27th September at 7PM in The Yellow. To find out more and register your interest, click here.