Film Screening: Persepolis + Shorts - Refugee fundraiser (£5 entry)
Hosted by Classless Society Cinema
Thursday 20th June, 7pm - 10pm
This year on World Refugee Day Classless Society Cinema are showing two shorts and a full-length feature to reflect on themes of displacement, belonging and resistance.
We are fundraising for the Refugee Women's Centre at Dunkirk and Calais who carry out essential work with vulnerable displaced women and children fleeing war and persecution.
Short #1: Before I Forget by Razan Hassan (2018)
An autobiographical exploration of how memory and identity are fractured by forced displacement. We follow her journey through childhood memories in Syria to her new life in the Netherlands where she begins to question her memories of home, family and childhood. Before I Forget won Best Director at Symi International Film Festival 2018 and has showcased at Femme Frontera Filmmaker Showcase, London Migration Film Festival 2018 and Cinema Arabe Amsterdam 2019.
Running time: 11 mins
Short #2: Only My Voice by Myriam Rey.
In transit through Athens, four women from the Middle East share their stories. They all left their countries at different times in their life and for different reasons. As they preferred not to be identified, only their voices are heard. Throughout the film, the women’s words are interlaced with music and noises from the city to form at the end a new antique chorus. Stories of up-rootedness and contradictory sensations and personal experiences of freedom will gradually echo each other; resonating and interacting with the city of Athens.
Only My Voice had its world première at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2017 and was officially selected at the London Short Film Festival 2018, London Migration Film Festival 2018, Underwire Film Festival 2017 and Beirut International Film Festival 2017.
Running time: 11 mins
Persepolis (dir. Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud, 2007)
An award-winning, much loved animated film about a young, outspoken Iranian girl who comes of age against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution.
Running time: 1hr 36 mins