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© Right Now Film Festival 2019

 

Explore our new 2018 programme, featuring the justice movements that followed the killing of Michael Brown, racial segregation in Baltimore,
the UK's very own Brexit and a look at Universal Basic Income...

Whose Streets?
 
USA
Dir. Sabaah Folayan & Damon Davis

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

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.

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Rat Film
 
USA
Dir. Theo Anthony

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”.

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Free Lunch Society
 
Austria & Germany
Dir. Christian Tod

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.

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.

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Brexitannia
 
UK & Russia
Dir. Timothy George Kelly

On/off. Yes/no. Leave or Remain? Brexitannia is
a portrait of a democracy in all its impossible
and ugly glory.

 

With subtle force, yet without judgement, it 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. Old pitted against young, nationalists against migrants, the countryside against the city, and ‘the people’ against ‘the elite’. From Aberdeen, to Belfast, to Clacton-by-Sea: Welcome to Brexitannia.

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

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.

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A Cambodian Spring
 
UK & Cambodia
Dir. Christopher Kelly

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. A documentary about the complexities - both political and personal - of fighting
for what you believe in.

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