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© Right Now Film Festival 2019

Explore our 2018 programme, featuring the justice movements that followed the killing of Michael Brown, racial segregation in Baltimore, the UK's very own Brexit and everything you wanted
to know about Universal Basic Income...

Whose Streets?
USA | Dir. Sabaah Folayan & Damon Davis

 Screenings 

23.03, Quad Cinema, Derby (18:30)
23.03,
Showroom Cinema, Sheffield (20:15) 

23.03, Rio Cinema, London (18:30)

Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising.

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When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. As the national guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance. Filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis know this story because they are the story. Whose Streets? is a powerful battle cry from a generation fighting, not for their civil rights, but for the right to live.

Rat Film
USA | Dir. Theo Anthony

Screenings 

21.03, Quad Cinema, Derby (18:30)

21.03, Rio Cinema, London (18:30) 

25.03, Showroom Cinema, Sheffield (18:15)

27.03, Eden Court, Inverness (17:30) 

Drawing comparisions to Werner Herzog and Chris Marker, Theo Anthony’s first feature combines inventive observation and a Dan Deacon soundtrack to create a powerful historical overview of the severe inequality in Baltimore.

 

Unpacking the city’s influences - urban, social, racial - Rat Film uses the rat - as well as the humans that love them, live with them, and kill them - to show cities’ methods for keeping their unwanted elements under control.

 

There’s never been a rat problem in Baltimore, it’s always been a people problem...

Free Lunch Society
Austria & Germany | Dir. Christian Tod

 Screenings 

22.03, Depot Cinema, Lewes (20:00)

25.03, Quad Cinema, Derby (13:45) 

25.03, Hebden Bridge Picture House 

26.03, Rio Cinema, London (18:30) 

27.03, Poly Cinema, Falmouth (19:30)

What would you do if your income were taken care of? Globalization, automation, Donald Trump. The middle class is falling apart. Time for a complete rethink.

 

Free Lunch Society provides background information about the idea of Universal Basic Income and searches for explanations, possibilities and experiences regarding its implementation.

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Just a few years ago, an unconditional basic income
was considered a pipe dream. Today, this idea is more imaginable than ever before, and intense discussions are taking place in all political and scientific camps.

 

From Alaska’s oil fields to the Namibian steppes, Free Lunch Society takes us on a grand journey and shows us what the driverless car has to do with the ideas of a German billionaire and a Swiss referendum.

Brexitannia
UK & Russia | Dir. Timothy George Kelly

On/off. Yes/no. Leave or Remain? While referenda always divide people, Brexit did so in a manner unprecedented in modern British history: old pitted against young, nationalists against migrants, the countryside against the city, and “the people” against “the elite”.

 

But underneath these binaries we find human beings whose individual stories influenced the outcome of this historic and perplexing vote. With subtle force, yet without judgement, Brexitannia presents the people of a once powerful empire as they negotiate their identities in a world that is changing faster than ever and in which power appears to lie further and further from people’s own hands.

 

Starring Noam Chomsky, Saskia Sassen, Guy Standing, Nick Srnicek, Heidi Mirza, Federico Campagna and 49 Leavers & Remainers from across the UK.

 Screenings 

21.03, Depot Cinema, Lewes (20:15) 

24.03, Hebden Bridge Picture House 

24.03, Exeter Phoenix (18:30) 

26.03, Poly Cinema, Falmouth (19:30) 

27.03, Rio Cinema, London (18:30) 

For Ahkeem
USA | Dir. Jeremy S. Levine & Landon Van Soest

 Screenings 

24.03, Rio Cinema, London (16:00)

24.03, Eden Court, Inverness (15:30)

26.03, Exeter Phoenix (20:15) 

From award-winning directors Jeremy S. Levine and Landon Van Soest, For Ahkeem is an intimate coming-of-age story that illuminates the challenges that many Black teenagers face in America today

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After a school fight lands 17-year old Daje Shelton in a court-supervised alternative high school, she’s determined to turn things around and make a better future for herself in her rough St. Louis neighborhood. But focusing on school is tough as she loses multiple friends to gun violence, falls in love for the first time, and becomes pregnant with a boy, Ahkeem, just as Ferguson erupts a few miles down the road. Poignantly examining how the justice system can prevent people from escaping a life of poverty, For Ahkeem asks the question of whether social mobility really exists for all.

A Cambodian Spring
UK & Cambodia | Dir. Chris Kelly

 Screenings 

25.03, Rio Cinema, London (15:30)

25.03, Eden Court, Inverness (14:00) 

25.03, Exeter Phoenix (16:00) 

An intimate and unique portrait of three people caught up in the chaotic and often violent development that is shaping modern-day Cambodia.

 

Shot over six years, the film charts the growing wave of land-rights protests that led to the Cambodian Spring and the tragic attempt to overthrow the dictatorial government of Hun Sen, which has been in power for more than thirty years.

 

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Hot Docs and featuring an original soundtrack by electronic artist James Holden, A Cambodian Spring is a documentary about the complexities - both political and personal - of fighting for what you believe in.