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January 2019

Fighting for Nothing to Happen & Treasured Moments (RAI Film Festival Ambassador screening)

January 25, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University of Kent

Fighting for Nothing to Happen After the volcanic eruption of Mount Rokatenda, the people of the island of Pulau Palue in east Indonesia are to be relocated. But are the planned relocation and the "new" life at the neighbouring Pulau Besar really promising? This film accompanies Father Cyrillus, priest and employee of a Christian NGO, in his efforts to promote and drive forward the relocation project. A worried host community, unclear land rights at the relocation site, a corrupt and…

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WHY IS MR W. LAUGHING? (RAI Film Festival Ambassador Screening)

January 31, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Out of the Brew, 306 New Cross Road
London, SE14 6AF United Kingdom
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WHY IS MR W. LAUGHING? is a portrait of three members of a community of artists with different disabilities. Rather than making a film about inclusion, the film itself was produced inclusively. In an open collaborative journey through the pictorial worlds of the three artists, a focus was set on their aesthetic obsessions and perspectives through their own videography. As a result of the collaborative approach, the film is an eclectic mix of materials and techniques, interview situations interwoven with…

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February 2019

Mr W. et al: a community event on art & disability (Film Festival Ambassador Screening)

February 9, 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Unit 15, 10 Stour Road, London, E32NT, 10 Stour Road
London, E3 2NT
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Unit 15 and the RAI FILM FESTIVAL anthropology / ethnography / archaeology will come together this February to bring you a celebratory event about art and disability. The programme will include a work-in-progress exhibition, a panel discussion, a screening of WHY IS MR W. LAUGHING? and a participatory workshop that explores what it means to perceive and communicate differently. WHY IS MR W. LAUGHING? is a cinematic portrait of three artists with different disabilities. Rather than making a film about…

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Socotra, the Island of Djinns (RAI Film Festival Ambassador screening)

February 19, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Brunel University, London

The film is the story of a journey across the island of Socotra in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Yemen. Socotra is isolated during the monsoon season, when it is impossible to land on it. This isolation has preserved a unique environment. Frankincense and myrrh trees grow freely. Ahmed Afrar, his companions and three cameleers with their animals trek to the mountains before the rainy season. During the trip, the Socotrians tell stories by the fire. During the…

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