London World Film Festival 2011
The concept behind this year's edition of LWFF is "glocal communities". It will involve a focus on the ways in which the moving image interacts with human communities on a local, global and "glocal" level. It will focus on the ways in which "good" communities interact with "bad" communities in our society today, and it will interrogate how we draw the boundaries between them. It will focus on the ways in which film can create an engagement with local communities. In some of the student films to be screened at the festival we will witness the development of an ethnographic narrative about the everyday life of immigrant communities who inhabit the cultural kaleidoscope of modern-day London. The films, in effect, translate the world of the identified immigrant community into English as well as into the language of documentary film, and have the aim of creating deeper mutual understanding between "indigenous" Londoners and "immigrant" Londoners. And the film-makers will invite the community to the Bloomsbury for the screening of the film which represents them, and elicit their response – thereby making sure that film is a two-way street rather than a top-down process.
LWFF 2011 will stay true to its essence – screening student films, interrogating the language of documentary, showcasing the work of high-profile film-makers. We celebrate the successes of student films which are central to this project: A vida no ritmo made at the Rio Film School in 2010 was screened at the Cannes festival, and two of the films made at the Cuban Film School have been picked up by international film festivals: Gentle Men was screened at the Northern Illinois University Film Festival in March 2011 and Crepusculo at the London International Documentary Festival (18 May 2011).
Tuesday 8 November 2011: "Glocal Communities" in/through film I
5.00 pm: UCL student documentaries: Tunnel Vision (2011), Global London (2011), Blank Canvas (2011), and London Letdown (2011); presented by Owen Williams
6.00 pm: Giallo a Milano (Made in Chinatown, dir. Matteo Garrone, 2009): 74 mins; a murder in Milan’s Chinatown triggers a domino-like plot of confrontations among a seedy set of characters. Set in one of the largest and oldest Chinatowns in Europe, the film develops into a universal metaphor about hatred, dreams and the fraught relationship between China and the West.
7.30 pm: L’Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio (The Orchestra in Piazza Vittorio, dir. Agostino Ferrente, 2006): 90 mins; the film tells the story of the orchestra assembled from Rome’s immigrant population by musician Mario Tronco and film-maker Agostino Ferrente. It begins with the attempt to save a local theatre in the Piazza Vittorio area of Rome and concludes a couple of years later with the orchestra’s first concert.
9.00 pm: Q&A with directors Sergio Basso and Agostino Ferrete. Chair: Dr Federico Mazzara (UCL).
9:45 pm: Reception in Bloomsbury Theatre bar
Wednesday 9 November 2011: "Glocal Communities" in/through film II
5.00 pm: El cuentapropista (The Self-Employed Man; 2011), and La libreta (The Ration Book, 2011), documentaries filmed in Cuba in July 2011, presented by Stephen M. Hart
6.00pm Maradona (dir. Emir Kustarica, 2008): 90 mins: a documentary about the famous Argentine footballer, Diego Maradona. Presented by Yonka Yaneva.
7.45pm Hostages (2010; dir. Velislava Dareva; Atanas Altamarmakov) 70 min: a cathartic documentary based on the story of four Bulgarian nurses, imprisoned, tortured and sentenced to death by Colonel Gadaffi. This film is about how they survived.
9.00 pm: Roundtable on violence as political practice with Prof. Dina Iordanova (Film Studies, St. Andrews University), Velislava Dareva, Paul Haveland, Nishan Djingozjan, and Zlatka Stankova (chair).
9:30 pm: Reception in Bloomsbury Theatre bar
Thursday 10 November 2011: “Glocal Communities” in/through film III
5.00 pm: Screening of guest film from Cuba
6.15 pm Screening of three Rio Film School documentaries presented by Dorian Needs: Minha Onda (2011), Na sombra do Maracana (2011), Snapshots of Sexuality (2011)
7.30 pm: City of God ten years on…. Cidade de Deus (dir. Fernando Meirelles): 116 mins. This film is now seen as a classic of Latin American cinema, launched to a global audience, and speaking to audiences all around the world about issues that trouble us all..
9.30 pm: Q&A and roundtable with Leandro Fermino (actor, City of God), Luis Carlos Nascimento (Director, Cinema Nosso), Dorian Needs (Director, Rio Film School), Jonathan Romney (film critic, The Independent), and Chris Roberts (film critic, Uncut), chaired by Stephen M. Hart (UCL)
10:30 pm: Reception and drinks in Bloomsbury Theatre bar
All events free