There’s no escaping the impact of social injustice in the world, but there is a way to escape ignorance and foster understanding, which you never know might lead to solutions. Well, that’s our upbeat take on the world. And to help us all along the way, there’s the Right Now Film Festival, which has social justice as its core and is being screened in Exeter (just one of three venues).
The Right Now Film Festival will launch in November 2016, with its first edition to take place across the country over one week.
‘Our mission,’ says Right Now Film Festival website (where you can subscribe for updates btw), ‘is to bring the best features from around the world with a social justice message at their core to audiences in cinemas across the UK.
‘These will feature issues that are important to us all as humans and global citizens â€“ topics that may not be typically covered by mainstream cinema.
‘The programme of films will share a common aim: they are outstanding films that challenge structures that exist in society today.’
The programme features award-winning titles such as Scott Christopherson & Brad
Barber’s SXSW 2015 Grand Jury Prize & Audience Award winning film Peace Officer, which follows former Sheriff William ‘Dub’ Lawrence, who established and trained his rural state’s first SWAT team only to see that same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff 30 years later.
And the Sundance 2015 Jury Prize winning film The Russian Woodpecker, which follows an irradiated Ukrainian artist on a quest to discover the “criminal” behind the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
Both titles are at Studio 79, along with DIY Country which ‘captures the origins and evolution of the Donetsk People’s Republic in East Ukraine from hopeful and naive beginnings, to hate, destruction and infighting.’
And winner of Best Documentary Feature Film at Edinburgh Film Festival Shadow World, which ‘reveals the shocking realities of the global arms trade, the only business that counts its profits in billions and its losses in human lives.’
(By the way, Right Now Film Festival is brought to UK audiences by the people behind the UK Green Film Festival, the UK’s leading environmental film organisation.)
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