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Screening Rights Film Festival

Old Grammar School & Herbert Art gallery

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Screening Rights is Birmingham's international festival of social justice film. The outstanding programme includes important new films and post-screening discussions with directors, producers, writers, activists and experts. The two-city festival will launch in Coventry at the Old Grammar School on the evening of Thursday 18th October with the critically acclaimed 'A Northern Soul' about a post-Brexit, post-City of Culture Hull.

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Announced Films

A Northern Soul (2018) |12 Rating| 18 October 2018 | 8pm | 76 min | £7, £6 conc. | OLD GRAMMAR SCHOOL

Screening + Q&A with director Sean McAllister + other special guests. The post-screening discussion of a Northern Soul will be chaired by Paul Long, Professor of Media and Cultural History at BCU
Sean McAllister returns to his hometown, Hull, as curator of its UK City of Culture opening. Drawn to the fringes of town he encounters Steve - a struggling warehouse worker with a dream. 
The Guardian ‘★★★★ A great work of radical empathy’

Performance (1970) | 19 October 2018 | 3pm |105 min | £7, £6 conc. | HERBERT 

Image courtesy of Park Circus/Warner Bros.

Screening + panel discussion

Nicolas Roeg’s directing career began with this explicit and experimental thriller about a hunted gangster taking refuge with a reclusive rock star.
'Perhaps the last genuinely exotic fruit produced by the bizarre mutations of British society in the 1960s.'
Alexander Walker, Hollywood England: The British Film Industry in the Sixties, 1986

No Place for a Rebel (2017) | 19 October 2018 | 6pm |£7, £6 conc. & students | HERBERT

Screening + Panel with special guests including director, Maartje Wegdam

Opono grew up to become a war commander in the Lord’s Resistance Army of Joseph Kony. Now, he must fight for acceptance back home. The film shows Opono’s fight for his future, while struggling to come to terms with his past and to reconcile with his family. 

No Place for a Rebel is an intimate account, a journey into Opono’s world, complicated by the trauma that comes as much from being silenced in the present as from a youth destroyed by violence. Yet above all, the film shows the courageous attempt of a human being to re-shape his fate

"The documentary No Place for a Rebel bears witness to the grim reality of former rebels who try to break the mold after their return to civil society. In a conflict we prefer to draw a clear line between victims and perpetrators so we can hold those who are responsible accountable. The reality however is much more complex. This film explores what it is to be a survivor in a place where you don’t know the codes and conventions. Where your neighbors fear you as they have suffered from your violence. Where the people who became your friends and family remain in the bush fighting.” MAARTJE WEGDAM & ARIADNE ASIMAKOPOULOS

Discount Code

If you are booking onto two or more Screening Rights showings - use the following codes to get up to 30% off your orders. Please note that we will be checking the codes are being used for valid bookings and we reserve the right to cancel your booking should we find that the codes have been used invalidly.

Booking 2 films: Screen20 for 20% off your orders.

Booking 3 films: Screen30 for 30% off your orders.