WHAT'S ON

WM Human Rights Film Festival

West Midlands Human Rights Film Festival  concludes on Thursday 18 October with an African double bill at the Library Theatre. At 6pm, It asks Robert Mugabe… What Happened?an insightful documentary into the notorious President of Zimbabwe. The final screening at 8.15pm is a Special Preview of Call Me Kuchu, an immensely powerful new documentary about David Kato and other Ugandan activists who are campaigning for Gay Rights, though they are opposed by an openly hostile media and threats of violence and even death. This screening is in partnership with Shout Film Festival.

Thursday 18 October 6pm, Library Theatre

Robert Mugabe… What Happened? (15)

Dir: Simon Bright UK/France/South Africa 1hr 24mins

This insightful documentary charts the Shakespearean rise and fall of the man who led his country from apartheid to liberation to economic success and then into ruin. Mugabe was damned as a terrorist, then knighted by Queen Elizabeth, and is still in power more than 30 years later. The film explores what happened through interviews with some of his closest comrades. It assembles a unique collection of southern African archive to powerfully evoke each of the decades of Mugabe’s reign. This is a complex and compelling view of Zimbabwe the country and Mugabe the man.

With a post-screening discussion on the film by Dr Maxim Bolt, Lecturer in Anthropology & Africa at CWAS (Centre for West African Studies), University of Birmingham

In partnership with Shout Film Festival

Thursday 18 October 8.15pm, Library Theatre

Call Me Kuchu (E)

Dir: Katherine Fairfax Wright & Malika Zouhali-Worrall USA/Uganda 2011 1hr 30mins

 

A powerful and profoundly moving documentary about the brave LGBTI activists in Uganda in their struggle for equality. A new bill threatening to make homosexuality an offence punishable by death is brought before the Ugandan parliament. Fighting to oppose it, Gay Rights activists led by the indomitable David Kato face intense homophobia, legal discrimination, arrest, exposure by the press, harassment by the established church, violence and death.

Followed by a post-screening discussion, including David Viney, Health & Wellbeing Manager of Birmingham LGBT

An urgent story, intelligently and poignantly rendered, honouring the life and courageous example of an everyday hero while exposing shocking human rights violations’ – The Teddy Jury, Berlin International Film Festival 2012

Ticket Prices

Birmingham Library Theatre

Chamberlain Square, next to Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham B3 3HQ

0121 303 4681

Tickets £4.50 Full Price, £3.50 Concessions

Special double bill ticket price: £8 Full Price, £6 Concessions

Available on the door on the night

www.birmingham-film.org

 

Mark Steel’s In Town

BBC comedian Mark Steel invites you to Mark Steel’s in Town onWednesday 17th October at The Drum, Birmingham as part of BBC Radio 4

Join comedian Mark Steel for the fourth series of the award winning BBC Radio 4 show, ‘Mark Steel’s in Town’. Mark visits six more UK towns to discover what makes them and their inhabitants distinctive, unique, and hilarious! This time, it’s all about Handsworth

Mark will perform the show at The Drum in Birmingham. Come along to see a one-off bespoke stand-up comedy show based around Handsworth and its people.Those who live in Handsworth, or are connected to the area, are especially welcome! All information is correct at time of publication.