THE IMPACT OF CONFLICT
Focusing on the African context of conflict resolution, Watch-Africa in collaboration with Chapter Arts Centre and Film Hub Wales will present a long-running season of films looking at the modern battlegrounds of democracy and freedom and the ongoing impact of World War I. The social consequences of the shift in geopolitical power forming new bonds, philosophies and technologies will be the theme of films and activities. To do so, we have presented three titles with panel discussions, Q&A and an Ubuntu workshop.
The Forgotten Kingdom (ctba) + discussion with High Commmissioner of Lesotho
Lesotho/2013/97mins/ctba. Dir: Andrew Mudge.
8th February 2015 at Chapter Arts Centre @ 6pm
Atang leaves the slums of the big city to bury his estranged father in the remote, mountainous village where he was born. Befriended by an orphan herdboy and stirred by memories of his youth, he falls in love with his childhood friend, Dineo, now a radiant young teacher. Through her, Atang is drawn to the mystical beauty and hardships of the people, and faces his own bittersweet reckoning.
+ Panel discussion hosted by Dolen Cymru who are celebrating their 30th annivessary. There will be an introduction to the film and the link between Wales and Lesotho at 5.45
UK/2014/110mins/ctba. Dir: Mickey Madoda Dube.
16th February 2015 at Chapter Arts Centre @6pm
One Humanity tells the multi-layered story of the Nelson Mandela Birthday Tribute concert on the BBC and the focus it placed on the global anti-apartheid movement. Featuring interviews with those who were intimately involved in the movement, including President Zuma, Peter Hain, Rev Jesse Jackson and E S Reddy who set up and chaired the UN committee against Apartheid. A story of vision, strategy, empathy and hope with incredible musical performances from Peter Gabriel, Annie Lennox and Gil Scott Heron giving voice to the voiceless.
+ Join us for a special panel discussion after the film including the producer Tony Hollingsworth and other special guests who made the concert happen.
Sweden/2014/85mins/15. Dir: Göran Olsson.
28th February 2015 at Chapter Arts Centre @6.15pm, UBUNTU WORKSHOP FROM 1pm – 5pm.
An archive-driven documentary covering the most daring moments in the struggle for African liberation from colonial rule in the 20th century. Narrated by Lauryn Hill, this bold and fresh film is an exploration into the mechanisms of decolonisation through text from Frantz Fanon’s landmark book The Wretched of the Earth. Written over fifty years ago, it is still a major tool for understanding and illuminating the neo-colonisation happening today as well as the violence and reactions against it.
+ Join us for a workshop on the Ubuntu Philosophy and other models of resolving conflict resolution on Sat 28 Feb. FREE with ticket ….See times above.
“Africans have this thing called UBUNTU. It is about the essence of being human, it is part of the gift that Africa will give the world. It embraces hospitality, caring about others, being able to go the extra mile for the sake of others. We believe that a person is a person through another person, that my humanity is caught up, bound up, inextricably, with yours.” Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu
Ubuntu is a traditional Southern African philosophy, which emphasis our common humanity; our connectedness and interdependence as fellow human beings and holds universal truths.
This workshop developed by the Tutu Foundation UK provides a proven model whereby broken and divided communities can mend themselves. The workshop will provide training and practice on how to bring together individuals across cultural, racial, religious and class divides to develop a common view of what is wrong in their community and how to make it better. This will help individuals to respond positively and constructively to the challenges they face and increases the capacity of individuals and groups to be agents of reconciliation and social change.
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* Conversations About Cinema: Impact of Conflict is a BFI FAN initiative supported by the BFI’s Programme Development Funds from the National Lottery.