Christmas greetings from all at TPFF!
It’s the end of the year already – where oh where did it go? Below is our end-of-year round up, films to watch and campaign news.
The Road to Bethlehem is selected for Dubai International Film Festival
We are thrilled to announce that Leila Sansour’s film has been selected for the Dubai International Film Festival, with screenings on 16 & 18 December. This is a great opportunity to show the film to distributors who attend from all over the world.
Additionally, the film has also received an award from the Dubai Entertainment and Media Organisation, which is now a co-producer on the film. Leila and TPFF are now busily planning the festivals and distribution strategy, as well as the campaign outreach to accompany the film on its release.
The film would not have been completed without support from our funding partners, in particular Trocaire (Ireland), Development and Peace (Canada) The McCabe Educational Trust (UK), CBA-DfID (UK) and many other individuals around the world.
You can still support the film and the campaign outreach by donating now or by hosting your own fundraiser screening of Leila’s first film Jeremy Hardy versus the Israeli Army.
Just do it
TPFF joined with many others to donate to Emily James’s recent and very successful effort to raise £20,000 for her new film Just do it. With Cancun at the fore of climate talks, this film will show just why activism makes a difference. Released in Spring 2011, free to watch and free to share.
When China met Africa
Recently screened at Sheffield DocFest, IDFA and CPH:Dox; it was the winner of best film at the Margaret Mead Festival in New York. This Marc and Nick Francis film, to be released next year, gets beneath the skin of the relationship between China and Africa – in particular Zambia. Be sure to find out about the release date by joining the Facebook Fan Page.
TPFF Film Club
Our Film Club kicked off in July to a full house for Oliver Stone’s film South of the Border. Since then, we’ve gone from strength to strength, screening Life and Debt, Inside the Revolution, Jeremy Hardy versus the Israeli Army and Robert Beckford’s Channel 4 documentaries, The Empire Pays Back and Great African Scandal. A very big thanks to our partners The Lexi Cinema, Inn on the Green and The Bernie Grant Arts Centre.
If you’re in London, watch out for alerts about our new year screenings. In mid-January in association with Jubilee Debt Campaign, we’ll mark the 50th anniversary of the assasination of Congo’s first democratically elected post independence leader, Patrice Lumumba – venue and date tbc. We’ll also be screening at The Lexi Cinema in February (new release – watch this space!) and early March to mark Fair Trade fortnight.
Newly Released Films – TPFF recommends
This Prison where I Live follows German comedian Michael Mittermeier as he embarks on a journey across Burma to try to understand and get closer to Maung Thura (better known as Zarganar), a Burmese comedian victimised by the military junta and now in prison. Find out if it’s screening near you,
In Enemies of the People the men and women who perpetrated the massacres of the Cambodian Killing Fields – from the foot-soldiers who slit throats to the party’s ideological leader, Nuon Chea aka Brother Number Two – break a 30-year silence to give testimony never before heard or seen. Due for release 10 December – find out if it’s screening near you.
Find out about Action Aid’s new report Calling Time, which argues that Grolsch beer owner, SABMiller is dodging its taxes around the world – tax income that could provide education for up to 250,000 African children.
The 2010 United Nations Climate Change conference is currently under way. Find out what’s going on right now and how you can have your say, check out tcktcktck.org
Fighting the Occupation
Check out War on Want’s new website disconnectnow.org, set up to highlight and demand an end to British Telecom’s alliance with Bezeq International – a telecommunications service operating in illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
A Christmas gift idea….Fairly Traded Palestinian gifts
For an excellent selection of Fairly Traded Palestinian goods – foods and crafts – that enable you to help boost the Palestinian economy at the click of a mouse, check out The Co-operative supported OliveCoop.com.
And on that note….we want to send a very big THANKS to The Co-operative for their continued support throughout 2010. And to our supporters – donors and regular givers!
We look forward to catching up with you in the New Year!