The entire week 1 of MOOC in 2 hours!

  Well, not quite. Obviously. All of Richard's and my industry from last year - polishing each article and discussion point for the 'Futurelearners' out there - distilled into 2 provocative questions and various group activities. Or not. Obviously.  So each day’s schedule is proving to be a work in progress. Planning is improvised but (quasi) affective. … Continue reading The entire week 1 of MOOC in 2 hours!

Palestinian Filmmaking Project Day 1

The question at the heart of the Screening Rights initiative, and that has become my mantra in various research n' outreach settings, is: 'What is the potential of film to affect personal, social and political change?  Here, in Ramallah, it takes on special meaning for me as the compulsory 'located-ness' of those asking the question and the burdens of … Continue reading Palestinian Filmmaking Project Day 1

Opening Night at Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Hooligan Sparrow (2016), Nanfu Wang's impressive first film, touched a lot of nerves last night in the Curzon Soho, London, where it opened the HRW festival. Skillfully interweaving the banality of Women Rights activists' everyday lives and the enormity of the corruption, censorship and rights abuses in China that they relentlessly contest, and suffer from, it might be … Continue reading Opening Night at Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Jocelyn Ford’s documentary about a Tibetan Mother’s experience in Beijing.

We screened Jocelyn Ford's documentary on Thursday 5th February to a small, animated and international audience at the Mockingbird Theatre. The panel brought together an interesting, and highly interdisciplinary, group of people. It was chaired by Naomi Standen, and included Martin Rew, Sarah Dauncey and me (Michele Aaron). Putting the film in the context of contemporary social history (as well as the … Continue reading Jocelyn Ford’s documentary about a Tibetan Mother’s experience in Beijing.

  2015 Event @ University of Birmingham's 'Arts and Science Festival' What: 'Film and Human Rights: Local Stories and Bigger Pictures' When: Wednesday 18th March 6.30pm Where: Muirhead G15, University of Birmingham The evening will start with a showcase of short films on social issues and science fiction made by local pupils from Holte Academy in … Continue reading