12.00noon–1.45pm CCA 5 | Young People’s Programme
Work in progress, BSU, Shawlands Academy, Scotland, 2011, 15 mins
The Bilingual Support Unit at Shawlands Academy in Glasgow has built an international reputation through offering support to pupils with little or no English language skills. The children have come from all over the world: some fleeing persecution, others whose families are working or studying in Glasgow. Over the course of time teacher Abdellatif Faithi has filmed their stories and activities as both an archive and a learning tool. My Journey is a work in progress based on this in which the pupils share their experiences of life, of leaving home and starting over in a new and strange country.
Give Me A Chance
Group Project led by Lucinda Broadbent, UK, 2010, 2 mins
Commissioned from mediaco-op by Who Cares? Scotland.
Lee Paterson, Scotland, 2011, 17 mins
Through conversation, reflection, dance and movement, staff and pupils of Holyrood High School in Edinburgh examine the realities of ‘what it means to be human’ in the 21st century. This film tries to capture some of their insights as they acknowledge our competing needs in this diversity of cultures, beliefs and languages.
Big Sister Punam
Natasa & Lucian Muntean, Norway, 2009,5 1 mins
In 2005 Punam Tamang was nine, living in the Nepalese city of Bhaktapur. Since her mother died when she was only five, Punam, her last-born sister Rabina and her two-year-old brother Krishna saw little of their father, as he worked from sunrise to sundown in a rice factory in order to earn enough money for their school fees. And so during the daytime Punam assumed the role of head of the family, caregiver and homemaker.
And yet, they were lucky in a way: some of the parents of Punam’s friends did not make enough money to afford the school fees. Instead of studying, these children had to work in a stone quarry or brick-making factory to help their families get by. The poor five-grade school she attended represented Punam’s symbol of hope. She believed that education was the only opportunity for improving their situation, and dreamed of becoming a teacher and helping other children like herself.
Four years later, Punam is now thirteen and her life has changed. What she and her siblings had managed to avoid up till then has become an inevitabiity as her story takes us to the local brick-making factory…
A beautifully crafted and powerful film about the hard facts of child labour and the dignity of some of those who are enmeshed by it.
12.00noon–1.45pm CCA 4
Marie Magescas, France, 2010, 9 mins
An experimental montage of newsreel images set to a hard electronic score, ’War Disease’ works to an almost hypnotic climax as nearly all the filmed conflicts of the last 70 years are hammered at you like a bad acid trip of suffering. Anti-arms trade agitprop at its most intense.
Zaván, Spain, 2011, 72 mins
Intercutting broadcast news and independent media footage with the eye of an artist as much as a documentarist, the filmmaker fashions a kind of polemic from the raw material which builds into a powerfully intense and visceral experience.
A well-crafted and original piece of filmmaking, ‘On Power’ feels like a personal essay on democracy at its limits, and the role of the media in managing contradictory perceptions of the same events.
Scottish Documentary Institute
Human Rights and Creative Documentary
director Martin Smith, producer Finlay Pretsell (SDI Productions) 12 mins
Under the Surface
director David Cairns, producer Noe Mendelle (SDI Productions) 9 mins
director Ruth Reid, producer Flore Cosquer, (SDI Productions) 9 mins
Bernadette: notes on a political journey
Lelia Doolan, Ireland, 2011, 88 mins
She was the youngest woman MP in the British Parliament at the age of twenty one, was jailed for her part in the Battle of the Bogside, survived an assassination attempt on herself and her husband and now leads a cross-community organisation in County Tyrone.
The film follows key moments in her public life to date and her current reflections on these.
Introduction and Q&A with Director Lelia Doolan.
Bernadette Devlin McAliskey will lead a discussion on Human Rights, Class Struggle and Social Justice in the CCA Clubroom on Fri 21st Oct at 5.00pm.
2.00pm–4.00pm CCA 5
Fourth Estate: media in the age of information
Pablo M. Roldán, Spain, 2010, 62mins
Starting from this basic questionnaire, Fourth Estate examines the nature of contemporary mass media- its power to form as much as inform public opinion, and what that says about the democratic health of our societies in the age of information.
A rigorous analysis of the media and its economic and ideological interests, unveiling the hidden mechanisms behind these huge machines of influence.
Crisis of Journalism : Crisis of Democracy
In his 2005 Nobel Lecture, Harold Pinter lambasted traditional media for its unquestioning collusion in a distortion of the truth towards justifying the invasion of Iraq. The Fourth Estate was found not holding power to account but accounting for power.
In 2009 the Scottish Parliament published its report ‘Crisis in the Scottish Press Industry’ which looked to examine “pressures facing the press industry in Scotland”. What “forced the industry to dramatically restructure itself, often at great cost to staff”, was not media consolidation or off-shore ownership and forced productivity rises aimed at greater wealth extraction, but “the economic climate, diminishing advertising revenues and the explosion of alternative news sources”.
Albeit, the crisis for journalism is far from confined to Scotland.
In March 2010 Robert Jensen wrote: “There is considerable attention paid in the United States to the collapse of journalism – both in terms of the demise of the business model for corporate commercial news media, and the evermore superficial, shallow, and senseless content that is inadequate for citizens concerned with self-governance. This collapse is part of larger crises in the political and economic spheres … There has been far less discussion of the need for a journalism of collapse – the challenge to tell the story of a world facing multiple crises in the realms of social justice and sustainability. This collapse of the basic political and economic systems of the modern world, with dramatic consequences on the human and ecological fronts, demands not only new storytelling vehicles but a new story.”
Could it be that our crisis of journalism is also a crisis of democracy?
2.00pm–3.00pm CCA 4 | Diversity Films | Free
It’s OK to Ask
Oot of It
Voices From the Barras
My Life 2
Group Project led by Lucinda Broadbent, Scotland, 2011, 2 mins
Rosa, a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany, and Christian from the Democratic Republic of Congo, both arrived in the UK as children, fleeing violence and persecution in their birth countries. This film shows how The Refugee Convention, created to protect the rights of people like Rosa, is still saving lives 60 years later.
Never Give Up
Alicja Pawluczuk, Scotland, 2011, 14 mins
You Play Your Part
Kirsten MacLeod, Scotland, 2011, 24 mins
Taking its inspiration from the Govan Rent Strikes of 1915 led by Mrs Barbour’s Army, and based on the experiences of those involved in the project, this film celebrates figures such as Mary Barbour and Agnes McLean, and the campaign for equal pay in the industries and trade unions of Clydeside.
Produced and directed by Kirsten MacLeod with members of The Govan Seniors Film Group and the Platform Mental Health Group, in association with Plantation Productions & The University of the West of Scotland.
3.15pm–4.30pm CCA 4
Rossella Schillaci, Italy, 2011, 75 mins
In Turin, an abandoned clinic has been squatted by more than 200 refugees since December 2008. All of whom are legal.
Set between a cinema and a street market in a working-class neighbourhood, this 5-story building is now inhabited by Somali and Sudanese refugees, forming a small African island in the heart of a European city, yet isolated from the rest of the world. There is running water in one room per floor- and 80 people on each floor. There is electricity- but no heating…
4.00pm–6.00pm GMAC | Mixed International Programme
Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre, Quebec/Canada, 2008, 24 mins
Federico Campanale, Iona Hogendoorn, The Netherlands, 2010, 43 mins
Ramallah Road: malaise, hopelessness and boredom rule on this road, which used to connect Jerusalem and Ramallah, and which was the economic vein of Al-Ram on the West Bank. Now the wall put up by Israel splits the road, and the local Palestinians have lost even more land, as well as the ties to their fellow Palestinians in Jerusalem.
Meanwhile a team of young street artists are spraying a copy of a text 2.5 km long down the wall towards Ramallah till it is almost touching the infamous checkpoint of Qalandia. The text is an open letter written by Farid Esack, a South African anti-apartheid activist, who compares the Palestinian situation to Apartheid…
After 40 years of fruitless struggle, what is the right way to resist?
Olga Korotkaya, Russia, 2010, 32 mins
4.15pm–6.00pm CCA 5
Ofir Trainin, Israel, 2010, 54 mins
As his mental state deteriorates, the band breaks up and Gabriel returns to the security of his family’s farm. The film follows his attempts to restart his career, write new songs and record an album. But the pressures of returning to the public arena threaten his mental health once more.
Cutting between observation, interview and video diary in which Gabriel seems to use the camera as ‘evidence’ for himself- an objective way of examining moods he perhaps has no control over to afterwards try and better understand his own struggle- ‘Wandering Eyes’ is a warm and humane film about a talented man going through a very bad time, as he manages to turn the war with his demons into the constructive catharsis that artistic expression can sometimes be.
A chance to see that rare thing, an uplifiting film about mental health and a condition that is itself rarely examined in documentary filmmaking.
4.45pm–6.30pm CCA 4
From Somewhere to Nowhere
Villi Hermann, Switzerland, 2009, 86 mins
Workers are needed for this on a huge scale; some 150 million people have already set out from the underdeveloped rural provinces to earn their living in the growth centres of China.
Tokyo-based Swiss photographer Andreas Seibert has been working since 2002 on a photographic documentation of the life and work of China’s migrant rural workers. From 2006-2008, Swiss filmmaker Villi Hermann followed him from the booming southern provinces to the fallow land of the north as they visited migrant workers at their workplaces and travelled with them back to their hometowns to visit the families left behind.
With its combination of photographs and video images, ‘From Somewhere to Nowhere’ conveys a unique impression of the scale of this epic modern migration- arguably the largest in human history.
6.15pm–7.45pm CCA 5
The Girls of Phnom Penh
Matthew Watson, UK, 2009, 64 mins
Part of the reason they do this is the pressure they have to financially support their families, and for Me Nea and Cheata, their children. They work as indirect sex workers in the form of karaoke and massage girls, and as direct sex workers, selling themselves on the streets of Phnom Penh. Contrary to what many Westerners believe, most of the demand is from local, not foreign, sex tourists.
The Girls of Phnom Penh is a story of sisterhood through adversity; a friendship that offers each girl a very simple form of support as they struggle to balance their childhood dreams and teenage expectations of life with the very adult lives they lead by night.
6.45pm–8.15pm CCA 4
The Problem: testimony of the Saharawi people
Jordi Ferrer & Pablo Vidal, Spain, 2009, 80 mins
Colonised by Spain then occupied by Morrocco when Spain left, the wall which the Morroccan government built across the Western Sahara is said to be second only in scale to the Great Wall of China- and may have provided a useful precedent for the Israeli ‘security fence’.
The accounts which followed outline a history of repression, struggle, secret prisons, and the strange reluctance of the United Nations to broker a solution.
Through a mixture of personal testimony, archive and sometimes highly graphic imagery, this film recaps the history of the desert war the world has chosen to look away from.
7.00pm–9.00pm CCA Clubroom
Dance House in association with Goat Media:
Force of Nature
Katrina McPherson, Scotland, 2011, 75 mins
Simon Ellis (UK/Australia and the dancers of Scottish Dance Theatre.
Force of Nature was completed in July 2011 and has been screened at the Universal Hall and at the Marriott centre, Salt Lake City, USA.
8.00pm–10.00pm CCA 5
Songs from the Nickel
Alina Skrzeszewska, Germany/Poland, 2010, 83 mins
Director Alina Skrzeszewska lived in one of the hotels for a year and a half while shooting ‘songs from the nickel’. The result is a strikingly intimate portrait of people living in this largely invisible community. Their lives speak of both desperation and beauty, while subtly resisting the encroaching gentrification. A layered image of America’s diverse urban landscape unfolds, with all its fractures and traumas, as well as its potential.
8.30pm–10.00pm CCA 4
Agatha Maciaszek & Alberto García Ortiz, Spain, 2011, 83mins
They protest. They play cricket. They talk to their families back home via Skype. The film accompanies them in their daily trials as they scramble to survive, waiting to cross the last 14 km that separate them from Europe. But will they make it?
10.30pm–11.30pm CCA 5 | Music