What's On This Week
The Moscow International Documentary Film Festival DOKer brings a mini-season of three documentaries, previously screened at DOKer in Russia. Focusing on existential journeys, these three films explore ways of resolving problems, forming a bridge towards understanding obscure phenomena and delving into the psychology of the Russian people.
Uncanny Valentine: Possession + intro
The Lexi Cinema
Friday 14 February
Swap cards and cliches for a love filled with obsession, paranoia and doppelgangers - a lavishly disturbing cult alternative to your usual saccharine Valentine’s Day plans. The real horror lies not in the film's extreme imagery, but in its all-too-real depiction of a degenerative mind. This is a hell of a film, if you're prepared for it!
Freedom Fields + Q&A
Saturday 15 February
Other Cinemas host a free screening of the critically acclaimed doc Freedom Fields, followed by a Q&A with the director Naziha Arebi. A love letter to Libya, resilience, sisterhood and the power of teamwork, this visually arresting work centers around the country's female football team, whose struggle to gain mainstream acceptance mirrors the broader challenges facing women in contemporary Libyan society.
One Night, One Country: Japan
The Cinema Museum
Saturday 15 February
Take a trip to Japan with cinema, dance and flavours. South Social Film Festival screens an intriguing feature Demolition Girl, about a girl earning money as a video fetish performer, followed by a panel with experts on Japan, Lois Barnett and Forum Mithani from SOAS. Plus a dance performance by Yukiko Masui, a delicious menu and a quick workshop on sushi-making, courtesy of chef Keiko Urakawa.
Life Writing: Paul Hallam Remembered
Saturday 15 February
Marking a year since the all too early death of screenwriter and essayist Paul Hallam in 2019, his friends, colleagues and creative collaborators will assemble to celebrate the life and work of this pioneering and much-missed writer. Featuring short films, feature extracts, sound recordings, conversation and recollection, the afternoon is free to attend.
Midnight Family preview + Q&A
Institute of Contemporary Arts
Tuesday 18 February
The Ochoa family runs a for-profit ambulance in Mexico City, competing in a cutthroat industry with other EMTs for patients in need of urgent help. In humanising the family's ethically compromised business, Midnight Family explores pressing questions around healthcare, the failings of government and the complexity of personal responsibility.
18 & 23 February
Second Sight incorporates key archive films from the 1980s UK Black Film Workshop Movement, as well as new commissions created in response to the Workshop context. Experience four unique perspectives by contemporary artists Ayo Akingbade, B.O.S.S. Collective, Morgan Quaintance and Rehana Zaman.
Image: South, dir. Morgan Quaintance
Mirror Mirror: A Symposium on Body Image
Regent Street Cinema
Wednesday 19 February
A journey through self-love and self-acceptance, Mirror Mirror explores themes of psychology, physical appearance and the notion of ‘beauty’ in Western society and its relationship with social and cultural ideals. Shorts On Tap presents a selection of eye-opening shorts from around the world, followed by Q&As with attending filmmakers and a discussion with special guests.
BFI Future Film Fest
Now in its 13th year, The UK’s most important industry festival for filmmakers aged 16-25 returns to BFI Southbank, featuring four days of events, masterclasses, workshops, networking and screenings of the best short films from young, emerging filmmakers. From sessions on the process of writing for different screen genres and formats, to starting a career in programming films, come make friends, make contacts and find your story.
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Next week sees the latest in our series of Film London Labs, and the first of 2020, once again at We Are Social Studios in Finsbury Square. This time, we explore the creative possibilities of that little thing in your pocket – your mobile phone.