Monday, 13th November
18:30 – 20:30

HMS President

72 Saint Katharine's Way
London
E1W 1UQ

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Exodos Director: Fabien Guillermont (France)

This film follows the life and experience of the people on board the Aquarius, a rescue ship in the Mediterranean sea, during the period between September 14 and October 6, 2016.
70 minutes

   

The Gift Director, Bolsunbek Taalaibek Uulu (Kyrgyzstan)

A story about an unexpected meeting between two cultures and civilizations, told with a melancholic humour.
18 minutes

   

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Tuesday, 14th November
19:00 – 22:00

Cinema Museum

2 Dugard Way
London
SE11 4TH

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Impunity Director, Isaac Matovu (Uganda)

After the international condemnation of the notorious anti-gay bill, commonly known as the "Kill the Gay bill", by a court ruling a sense of relief was given to the LGBTI community and its advocates. Unfortunately it also ignited the wrath of the public. IMPUNITY depicts the government's endeavours to disenfranchise the LGBTI community while the masses take the law into their own hands. Thus leaving the LGBTI community out-of-pocket in terms of food, housing and healthcare. Vulnerable and often losing their lives at the hands of the angry mob.
25 minutes

   


The Ramadan Cannon of Jerusalem Director, Nimrod Shanit (Israel)

Every year, Rajae Sanduka finds he is being banished further and further from his hometown, despite his central role in the lives of the residents of city, firing the Ramadan cannon of the Jerusalem. He confronts the Israeli occupation's frustrations through a satirical play at the only remaining Palestinian theatre in the city.
45 minutes

   


From Arakan to Rafflesia Director, Aysar Abd-Alhameed (Jordan)

Rohingya children, fleeing from Arakan in Myanmar, arrive in the Malaysian Rafflesia, that big flower they thought would treat them well and educate them. The film follows the children's realisation that the education and future they thought they were being offered is a deception.
14 minutes

   

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Thursday, 16th November
19:00 – 21:30

Miranda @ ACE Hotel London

100 Shoreditch High Street
London
E1 6JQ

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Sonic Sea Directors, Michelle Dougherty and Daniel Hinerfeld

Oceans are a sonic symphony. Sound is essential to the survival and prosperity of marine life. But man-made ocean noise is threatening this fragile world. Sonic Sea is about protecting life in our waters from the destructive effects of oceanic noise pollution because every day, whales, dolphins, fish and other marine life are threatened by a cacophony of industrial noise from shipping, seismic exploration for oil and gas and naval sonar used for routine training exercises. From the Atlantic to the Pacific to the wild Arctic, this endless barrage of noise impairs the ability of our planet’s vulnerable marine life to communicate, find food, navigate and breed. Ocean noise is harming and even killing whales, dolphins and other creatures in water bodies all around the world.
61 minutes

   


Converts Director Karlis Lesins, Latvia

A young and ambitious journalist experiments, joining a camps in Syria that prepares terrorists of the Islamic state, so she could explore from the inside how does the radical Islam movement work. She is helped by Maija and Juris. But before they leave Europe, it gets complicated.
35 minutes

   


Mr Rock's Rooster Director, Andrea Ruffini

The drought destroyed all the crops of the Rock's family, living in South-East Haiti. Mr Rock's only hope to gain some money is that his rooster wins the fight.....so what happens?
6 minutes

   

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Friday, 17th November

19:00 – 22:00

Hundred Years Gallery

13 Pearson Street

London

E2 8JD

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Cycologic Directors, Emilia Stålhammar, Veronica Pålsson and Elsa Lövdin

When one's traveling the streets of Kampala one does not only face a chaotic and dangerous traffic environment but also struggles to go through endless queues, pollutions, motorcyclists and cars attacking you from every angle which is a energy-consuming dilemma. Politicians seems to have given up but there are a few people who strives to show that there are alternative ways of movements. The urban planner Amanda Ngabirano's biggest dream is to have a cycling lane in her city. An impossible task, according to most people, but not according to Amanda.
15 minutes

   


Where We Stand Director/Producer: Kristine Stolakis

The story of a controversial group of Mormon feminists fighting for women's rights in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Abby Hansen, a stay-at-home mom turned vocal advocate for Ordain Women, navigates the repercussions of her unpopular activism against her church in her predominantly Mormon suburb. The film is not just for Mormons. It is not just for feminists. It is for anyone who has questioned what it means to believe and to belong.
20 minutes

   


Brave Dolls Director, Maximiliano Gonzalez and Julieta Cherep

What happens when prostitutes get older? The film follows the 'Munecas Bravas' living in Xochiquetzal's house in the heart of Mexico City which claims to be the only home in the world for elderly prostitutes who have nowhere else to go.
26 minutes

   

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Saturday, 18th November
11:00 – 17:00

British Film Institute

Southbank

London
SE1 8XT



WE THE PEOPLES FILM FESTIVAL 2017
Youth Day 2017


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Your action-packed programme

1030    Registration
1100    Screening: Somaliland: the documentary

   

Introduction by award winning Director, Mo Ali

1215    Lunch
1300    “Judge the Shorts” Your opportunity to view ten short films submitted to our festival from round the world and then vote which should be awarded ‘Best Short Film of the Festival’
1400    Master Classes
     * “How to make good films on your mobile”: Cassius Rayner
     * “The I-DENTITY project, working in film with refugees”: Lucrezia Pollice
1500    Refreshment break
1520    Screening: “You can’t do nothing, can you?” Mei Leng Yew’s 2016 #Tweetapitch winner explores community resilience in a time of heightened immigration issues, showing how local populations can take action to support those in crisis.

   


1600    2017 #Tweetapitch competition for £500 bursary
Watch finalists explain their proposed film to our judges and the audience.
1715    “Judge the Shorts”, announcement of audience award
1720    “Best Films in Festival” awards
1725    2017 #Tweetapitch, announcement of winner
1730    Reception and networking


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Sunday, 19th November
19:30 – 21:00

Cafe Cairo

88 Landor Road
London
SW9 9PE

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Two challenging short films which ask difficult questions

Fugazi Director: Laurent Michelet (Belgium)

It is 2039. Adele has been working for more than 3 years on ORBIT DEFENCE, a space station in charge of Earth security using drone pilots. Today, is her last routine mission,before she returns home to meet her family, especially her daughter. Without taking Murphy’s Law into account...
39 minutes

   


Converts Director Karlis Lesins, Latvia

A young and ambitious journalist experiments, joining a camps in Syria that prepares terrorists of the Islamic state, so she could explore from the inside how does the radical Islam movement work. She is helped by Maija and Juris. But before they leave Europe, it gets complicated.
35 minutes

   


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Monday, 20th November
19:00 – 22:00

Century Club

61-63 Shaftesbury Avenue
London
W1D 6LQ

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My Friend Boris Nemtsov Director, Zosya Rodkevich

An intimate portrait of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov—once Deputy Prime Minister and “an heir of President Yeltsin”, later an uncompromising adversary of Putin—that was assassinated near the Kremlin in February 2015. Election campaigns and hotel beds, protest rallies and office routine, train compartments and courtrooms, night walks and police vans – you have never seen any politician so close. This is a story how a journalist assignment turns into a genuine friendship.
70 minutes

   


The Wall Within Director, Juan Manuel Ramirez (Mexico)

In Arizona, forensic anthropologists must analyze the remains of thousands of migrants who die each year in the desert trying to cross the border into the US. In this humanitarian crisis there are also vigilantes, armed citizens who patrol the border.
18 minutes

   

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Tuesday, 21st November
19:00 – 22:00

Cinema Museum

Cinema Museum
2 Dugard Way
London
SE11 4TH


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Rupa's Boutique Director, Glória Halász (Hungary)

In Rupa's Boutique there are dreams on the hangers. Dreams that meant hope for the victims of acid attacks even in the worst times. All the girls there are back on their feet after their tragedy, becoming independent and visible. According to the activists of Stop Acid Attackshelping the victims, in India there are 3-5 attacks each week. Many victims do not report the crimes to the police because they are afraid of being socially stigmatised.
52 minutes

   


Calais: On the Road to Relief Director, Jake Martin Graves

Caught between the increasing demands of a growing camp and the regular police raids, this documentary reveals the chains of relief networks that entirely sustained the residents of the Calais Jungle over 8 months leading up to its demolition.
20 minutes

   


Mayor Director, Moritz Adlon (Germany)

Dupfing expected refugees. And Mayor Zepp is afraid - less prior to the asylum seekers themselves, but rather from the reactions of his community citizens. So he keeps it for himself. But his secret threatens to fly up as yard owner Otto someday showsup: He knows about Zepps situation and offers a solution: He wants to make him his more than questionable real estate palatable, which could equally well be out of town to accommodate the newcomers. On the tour of the farm to trailer tent the situation escalates between the two and Zepp is set back to itself. The next morning, in fact, the new church members standing on the street, but it is still short of just a brilliant idea: before the assembled congregation he explains it to his own family.
15 minutes

   

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Thursday, 23rd November
19:00 – 22:00

University of Westminster

309 Regent Street
London
W1B 2HW


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Lost in Lebanon Directed and producted by Georgia and Sophie Scott

Lost in Lebanon gains access to unknown stories in a region that is on the fringes of hell. Spending over a year in Lebanon - in Beirut and on the borders of Syria, this film tells the story behind the news reports and reflects the strange chaotic lives of the people living in the shadow of the Syrian war.
81 minutes

The Revd Nadim Nassar, Director the Awareness Foundation which is working with young people in Syria, will talk about the film following the screening.

   


Penaber Director: Ramazan Kilic, Turkey

A multi award-winning short film following a Syrian woman and her daughter who, having fled to Istanbul, use a hand-held picture viewer to maintain memories of happier times. How will the daughter understand who are the people in the photos and will she ever meet them? Kilic uses a traditional Turkish song to reflect on their plight.
2 minutes

   

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Thursday, 23rd November
19:00 – 22:00

SOAS

Thornhaugh Street
London
WC1H 0AL

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The Cultural Journey to Timbuktu Director, Marco Romano

This musical documentary reflects the importance of culture and music in a country like Mali. Its populations and economy have been torn apart by a war that's not theirs to fight. How can a peaceful country with an incredible cultural heritage like Mali get destabilised in such a short time? What are the effect on the people and the long standing culture?
52 minutes

   


Clinica de Migrantes - Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness Director, Maxim Pozdorovkin

An unprecedented look into the workings of one of the only health clinics that serves America's untouchable class - undocumented immigrants. By law, illegal immigrants cannot obtain health insurance, and reeive no regular medical treatment. At Puentes, a team of volunteers attend to an evergrowing population of housekeepetrs , prep cooks and construction workers.
38 minutes

   


Noon Director, Munaf Ibrahim

A short film from Iraq (fictional) about a young officer who losers his feet through a detonated IED. Back home, he sees his life as hopeless and sets out to commit suicide. At the last minute, he changes his mind, saving the lives of his Christian neighbour from ISIS. The film is one of new genre which seeks to encourage diversity and acceptance of other faiths.
10 minutes

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Friday, 24th November
19:00 – 21:30

Hackney Attic

270 Mare Street
London
E8 1HE


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Undocument Written and directed by Kyla Simone Bruce and Amin Bakhshian

The film follows four journeys from the Middle East to the UK, linking each to a single narrative. Leila stakes all to flee Afghanistan and join her husband in London, give birth and raise their child to read and write, live and think freely. To the family harbouring her in Tehran, these secrets pose a dangerous threat. In Greece, an Iranian mother struggles to maintain her dignity and protect her eight-year-old son. How does he make sense of the uncomfortable mix of fear and awe as he watches their trafficker berate and humiliate the adults? Laura entered the UK illegally before Poland was part of the EU. Now everything's as it should be, until her London-born daughter opens the door to immigration officers with a warrant for her North African partner’s deportation. Ramzi maintains the required distance from his Arab brothers and sisters in his role as courtroom interpreter. Then he witnesses a young boy reaching out to touch his mother – a face on the courtroom monitor – and is confronted by his own complicity in the institutional processes and procedures that determine the outcome of so many complex human stories.
93 minutes

Kyla Simone Bruce, co-director, will join the Q and A session following the screening.

   


The Orange Tree Directed by Sion Evans Berry

This short film spends time with independent volunteers on the island of Lesbos, Greece and refugees that have made their way to Piraeus harbour, Athens, Greece from their home countries. Looking at a range of perspectives from local and foreign volunteers to the people who have been displaced from their home countries fleeing various different circumstances, you see and hear an observational portrait of place and people, it gives a snapshot of time in human history.
12 minutes

   


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