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SMHAF & Document: No Place For A Rebel

Document are proud to team with Take One Action to present the UK premiere of Ariadne Asimakopoulos and Maartje Wegdam’s No Place For A Rebel (2017) at Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 2017. Sixteen years after rebels abducted him as a child, Opono Opondo returns home to Uganda as a veteran soldier. Now he has to re-adapt to civil society at large, and also to his family and community. No Place For A Rebel is the quietly moving portrait of a man with scars that are still healing.

Directors Ariadne Asimakopoulos and Maartje Wegdam will be in attendance for a discussion on issues raised by the film, joined by Yasmin Al-Hadithi (Highlight Arts), Mohamed Omar (Mental Health Foundation) and Tawona Sithole (Seeds of Thought Poetry Glasgow).


No Place For A Rebel screens at Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival, 3pm on Sunday 15 October. More details can be found here.

Buy tickets here or call CCA box office on +44 (0)141 352 4900.

Mental Health Foundation (UK) also co-present We’ll Be Alright during Document’s festival weekend 19-22/10.

Document 2017: Full Programme Online

Our 2017 programme is now online! There are over 50 screenings, workshops, panels and special events taking place during our main festival weekend from Thursday 19th October until Sunday 22nd October. Full details of those can be found here. Tickets for all screenings and events at CCA Glasgow are available here. Day and weekend passes will soon be available.

We also have special free community screenings across Glasgow in the weeks leading up to our festival weekend. Full details of those here.

Women, Native, Other, part of our Trinh T Minh Ha retrospective, opens at The Pipe Factory, Glasgow on Saturday 7th October. Details here.

Our brochure can be found at locations across the city and Scotland now. You can browse our brochure online at Issuu:

 

SQIFF & Document: FREE CeCe!

The Scottish Queer International Film Festival returns to Glasgow on 27/09 and runs until 01/10/17. We’re very excited to be teaming up with our friends at SQIFF to present a film during their festival weekend. FREE CeCe! (Jacqueline Gares, 2016) tells the story of trans woman Chrishaun Reed “CeCe” McDonald. On her way to the store with a group of friends, CeCe was brutally attacked and in defending her life, a man was killed. After a coercive interrogation, CeCe was incarcerated in a men’s prison in Minnesota.

An international campaign to free CeCe garnered significant support from media and activists, including actress Laverne Cox. Cox signed on as executive producer of FREE CeCe!, committed to exploring the role race, class, and gender played in the case. In the end, CeCe emerged not only as a survivor but also as a leader. The harassment CeCe faced is unfortunately all too familiar for trans women of colour. As Cox told the LA Times, “I might not be here if one day some decided to take it too far or I felt the need to defend myself and ended up in prison. But for the grace of God, I haven’t had to fight for my life in the same way CeCe had to that day.”

The screening will be followed by a discussion with Chryssy Hunter from Bent Bars Project, a letter-writing scheme for LGBTQ+ people in prison in the UK.


FREE CeCe! screens at SQIFF at 1pm, 01/10 at CCA. More details can be found here.

Buy tickets here or call CCA box office on +44 (0)141 352 4900.

Full details of SQIFF’s 2017 programme can found at their website, www.sqiff.org.

SQIFF will also present a film during Document’s festival weekend 19-22/10. All will be revealed at our programme launch on 18/09 and full details will be online shortly afterwards.

PREVIEW: Take One Action Film Festival 2017

Our friends at Take One Action Film Festival launch their 10th anniversary programme this Thursday, 14/09, in Glasgow (Wed 13/09 in Edinburgh). The 2017 programme contains several documentary films screening in Glasgow that caught our eye. Here they are!

An Insignificant Man (Khushboo Ranka, Vinay Shukla, 2016)
Tuesday 19/09, GFT
This documentary focuses on Arvind Kejriwal, the leader of the Common Man’s party and dubbed “the Bernie Sanders of India”. The screening is followed by a discussion exploring the influence of grassroots social movements in shaping the political agenda in India and Scotland, with guests including Robin McAlpine (Common Weal) and Indra Adnan (The Alternative UK).

The Workers Cup (Adam Sobel, 2017)
Thursday 21/09, CCA
This doc follows four migrant workers – four of 1.6 million – who spend their days in slavery-like conditions constructing Qatar’s 2010 World Cup infrastructure and their nights competing in a workers’ football tournament in the same stadiums they help build. After the screening, there will be a discussion (with guests including Suzanne Crimin of Oxfam), focussing on the push towards “decent work” and some of the many international solidarity initiatives challenging systemic inequalities in Qatar and beyond.

Whose Streets? (Sabaah Folayan, 2017)
Friday 22/09, CCA
A document of the transformation undergone in the wake of the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Folayan’s debut mixes original footage, interviews and cellphone footage to provide a vital counterpoint to the mainstream coverage of the ongoing events.  One of the film’s protagonists, Brittany Ferrell will take part in the post-screening discussion.

To End a War (Marc Silver, 2017)
Saturday 23/09, CCA
This intimate, observational documentary explores the peace process in Colombia, with unprecedented access to both political leaders, President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC Chief Commander Timochenko. It’s a behind-the-scenes consideration of an epochal moment in Colombian history, followed by a discussion exploring “what it takes, strategically and spiritually, for a nation of 50 million to move from hatred to forgiveness.”


Take One Action Film Festival runs 13/09-24/09 in venues across Scotland.

Browse Take One Action’s full programme here.

Document teams up with Take One Action to co-present No Place For A Rebel at Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival on Sunday 15th October. Details and tickets here.

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Posted: 11 September 2017

Document Festival Preview @ Govanhill Baths

On Tuesday 18/10 we hosted a free Document 2016 preview event in the Govanhill Baths. The audience were treated to homemade soup, drinks and a sneak peak at the festival line-up, including a screening of Michael Graversen’s Dreaming of Denmark. Thanks to Michael for allowing us to screen his film (twice), to Stevie and all at the Baths for hosting us and of course everyone that came along to check out the programme. Hopefully see some of you again this weekend!

Picks of the Programme

Film Journalist Patrick Harley on his picks from Document 2016’s programme.

With over 40 events taking place across three-and-bit days, the Document 2016 programme is as densely packed as it is varied. Document, of course, is a festival that reveals facts and, sadly, one fact is that it’s just not possible to see everything. So, if you’ve browsed the brochure, but circled all of it, or scanned the website, but found too many favourites to count, here are my personal festival picks. I can’t promise you a list with zero overlap though; some decisions are so difficult, even I haven’t made them yet!

When We Talk About KGB Fri 12:40 | CCA Theatre

Bringing together seven separate stories, Maxì Dejoie and Virginija Vareikytė’s film deals with unanswered questions, unresolved pain and life-changing decisions. From freedom fighter to KGB officer, exiled writer to former interrogator, this examination of a difficult and complex past is conducted from both sides – something mirrored by the contrast of archive and new footage; the stories told during the Soviet Era are markedly different from the stories told today.

A Brilliant Genocide Fri 13:00 | CCA Cinema

When news of Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony’s 20-year reign of terror became a viral sensation in late 2012, the world seemed certain it had uncovered a modern monster, hiding in plain sight. What, then, does that make Yoweri Museveni, the dictator that has overseen the displacement and destruction of Uganda’s Acholi people, yet regularly rubs shoulders with both US presidents and UK royalty? Engrossing and important viewing in its own right, the film will also serve as a keynote for Document’s critical forum discussion, Looking for Truth: Programming Documentary Film Festivals, which will follow directly afterward.

The Hard Stop Fri 20:00 | CCA Cinema

With the need for America’s Black Lives Matter movement currently seeming to be demonstrated on a weekly (if not daily) basis, there is no better time to address Britain’s own problems with discrimination and law enforcement. In 2011, riots tore their way across London – The Hard Stop traces things back to the moment that sparked it all: the murder of Mark Duggan at the hands of the police and the atmosphere that allowed it to happen.

Tempestad Fri 20:30 | CCA Theatre

Though opening and closing galas Kings of Nowhere and Plaza de la Soledad might bookend festival, it would be remiss of me not to draw equal attention to their Desaparecidos strand stablemate. Reflecting on the nightmarish inescapability of a system that allows those in power to act with impunity, Tempestad gives voice to the haunting and human journey of two women struggling against the tides of corruption.

The Abominable Crime Sat 12:00 | CCA Theatre Kiki Sat 17:45 | CCA Theatre

One telling of Jamaica’s fierce anti-gay laws and the other of New York’s fiercest teen subculture, in some ways The Abominable Crime and Kiki may seem at opposite ends of the spectrum, yet both revolve around concerns of prejudice, identity and equality for LGBTQ people-of-colour. With black queer voices still vastly underrepresented, this year’s Document finds multiple opportunities to place them at the forefront. Indeed, I could have filled most of this list with the festival’s Marlon Riggs: Freaky Free retrospective, but some things go without saying: see everything you can.

Activist Maurice Tomlinson will also be attending the festival In Conversation following Saturday’s screening of The Abominable Crime.

Behemoth  Sat 20:00 | CCA Cinema

Literal fire and brimstone fuel this meditation on the destructive effects of the Chinese mining industry. Viewing both society and the environment as under threat, director Zhao Liang’s visual poem draws directly on Dante’s The Divine Comedy, seeing both the flames of hell and the never-ending toil of purgatory in his country’s grimly insistent march toward industrialisation.

Dreaming of Denmark Sun 16:15 | CCA Cinema

Two years ago, Document hosted a screening of Nowhere Home. A festival highlight, it shone heart-breaking light on the situation facing Norway’s underage asylum seekers, often kept in a state of perpetual waiting until they reach 18, before being sent home to a near certain death. Despite unfolding in a different part of Scandinavia, Dreaming of Denmark seems a natural companion piece: the story of what happens to those 18-year-olds that would rather disappear than die.

The Other Side Sun 18:10 | CCA Cinema

Something of an anomaly in the programme, the latest from Italian filmmaker Roberto Minervini has been openly described by its creator as treading “the fine line between documentary and fiction”. A mix of observation and re-creation, Minervini employs a level of cinematic technique he deems necessary to tell a story that is testament to the lives of his subjects – drug addicts and militia members who inhabit the fringes of society. Surely an intriguing and provocative way to round-off a weekend where the conveyance of truths promises to be just as captivating as the truths themselves.

Patrick Harley


Patrick Harley is a freelance film journalist who has written for TVBomb, VirginMedia and the Directory of World Cinema: Scotland.