A day of screenings, panels and discussion bringing together activist filmmakers from across the UK and beyond. Hosted by the Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures at University of Leeds, and working with the Radical Film Network, this event seeks to ask why and how we make activist films, from conception to dissemination, and asks what we can learn from each other to keep producing change. Generously funded by the AHRC.

Details of speakers and panels coming soon. Details of films below-

Refreshments provided. Bring your own lunch.

Hyde Park Picture House, 73 Brudenell Road, Leeds, LS6 1JD
Wednesday 15 November | 09:15 - 16:30


09.15   Doors Open

09.30   Introduction & Welcome

Prof. Paul Cooke, University of Leeds and Dr Laura Ager, Radical Film Network

09.40   Film Screening: Voicing Hidden Histories

A documentary outlining the recent work of the University of Leeds-led project ‘Troubling the National Brand and Voicing Hidden Histories’, using participatory filmmaking to work with marginalised communities in Brazil, South Africa and India throughout 2017.

Prof. Paul Cooke

10.00   Screening, Q&A and Discussion: Resistant Cultures

Screening: The Rainbow House Woman

Brazil, 2017, 23min; Director: Gilberto Alexandre Sobrinho; Producer: Julio Matos and Marcelo Félix.

A poetic documentary about the history and life of Mãe Dango, a priestess of Candomblé de Angola, in the city of Hortolândia, in the state of São Paulo. She is the bearer and diffuser of the banto legacy, and has become a symbol of the fight against racism, religious intolerance and the end of poverty. Faith, resistance, beauty and community affections are the strong values related to her figure.

Discussion: Gilberto Alexandre Sobrinho in conversation with Dr. Andrew Moore

11.15   Coffee Break

11.30   Screenings, Q&A and Discussion: Migrant Female Workers

Screening: Limpiadores

UK, 2015, 39min; Director & Producer: Fernando González Mitjȧns

Before the professors and students arrive for their morning classes at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, some people there are just finishing work. ‘Limpiadores’ charts the day-to-day invisible labour of the outsourced Latin American cleaners working on campus, and focuses on their ongoing campaign to demand being brought in-house as SOAS staff. The film also highlights the earlier deportation of nine colleagues.

Screening: They Call Us Maids: The Domestic Workers’ Story

UK, 2015, 7min; Director & Writer: Terry Wragg; Animator: Jo Dunn; Producer: Leeds Animation Workshop

An animated film from Leeds Animation Workshop that draws on the experiences of migrant domestic workers living and working in private homes across the UK. Isolated in foreign households, these women from extremely poor backgrounds work for long hours and low pay. Many find themselves trapped in conditions of great hardship. The film was commissioned by Pavilion and produced by Leeds Animation Workshop, in collaboration with Justice for Domestic Workers.

Discussion: Terry Wragg and Mimi and Janet from The Voice of Domestic Workers, in conversation with Laura Ager

12.30   Lunch

13.30   Screenings, Q&A and Discussion: Making Films with Children

Screening: Govan Young

UK, 2017, 30min; Directors: David Archibald, Martin Clark, Cara Connolly; Producer: David Archibald

Through field trips, interviews and encounters with the past, Pirie Park Primary School pupils in Govan discover Glasgow’s medieval history and heritage. Co-Director David Archibald said: “The city understands itself primarily through its relationship to industry, but we have an important pre-industrial past we need to engage with.” And it’s not just the lost kingdom of Strathclyde that’s new, many of them are visiting the River Clyde for the first time.

Discussion: Prof. David Archibald in conversation with Prof. Paul Cooke

14.30   Panel/Discussion: Dissemination

Laura Ager, David Archibald, Paul Cooke, Andrew Moore, Gilberto Alexandre Sobrinho, and Terry Wragg

15.45   World Premiere: Changing the Story Youth Protest Film premiere

16.30   CLOSE


*Please note this programme is subject to change.