Dear Friends, Colleagues and Supporters,
Are we the only ones who were thinking ‘it’s great to have 70 degrees in March, but surely, this can’t be right?!…
As summer and Easter collide, here’s a quick update on TPFF activity!
Our next event will be on Tuesday 24th April – at the Lexi – for a screening of Ross Ashcroft’s direct and thought-provoking film, followed by a Q&A with Ross. More info and how to book
Rather than condemning bankers, politicians or the media, the ‘Four Horsemen’ (of the apocalypse) feature documentary puts the whole system up for discussion. Many leading ‘insider’ economists as well as more radical commentators share their observations and conclusions on how capitalism has failed and what it must do if it is to ‘redeem’ itself.
We are also talking to other NGO partners about more screenings of the film, so watch this space!
WE ARE MANY
Following on from an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign, Amir Amirani’s film is now in production with the USA filming now completed. More funding good news has also come in and we have now secured match funding of the Kickstarter funding, so the film’s production budget is well on the way to being 100% secured. If you haven’t watched the ‘teaser’ then see it here. Or if you marched, tell us your story here.
And finally, our partner War on Want is hosting a Just Giving campaign for the film – you can support the film by donating via Just Giving.
“The global protest against the Iraq War on 15 February 2003 was a pivotal moment in recent history, the consequences of which have gone unreported. Amir Amirani’s We Are Many chronicles the struggle to shift power from the old establishment to the new superpower that is global public opinion, through the prism of one historic day. I urge you to support this film in whatever way you can.” Oliver Stone
THE ROAD TO BETHLEHEM
Leila Sansour recently returned from a highly successful and encouraging trip to the USA where she met with leading faith leaders to explore and discuss how The Road to Bethlehem can become a focal point for that part of their work that addresses Palestine and how they in turn, can support the film’s release across the USA. We are looking forward to a late autumn UK release and a release in the USA in 2013. If you would like to donate to support the film’s release and outreach please read more here (scroll to Donations to The Road to Bethlehem).
DRUG WAR (formerly Prohibition: A Modern Addiction)
As the debate around the legalisation of drugs seems to be getting more attention – not least from some of the Central and Latin American governments whose peoples have borne the brunt of the so-called ‘War on Drugs’, Shane Ward’s film seems more and more timely and much needed. Read more about this global ‘piecing together of the jigsaw puzzle’ that is the drug war. One that has cost hundreds of billions of dollars to worse than no effect.
As we seek to raise funds for development, we are delighted to have Mike Leigh lend his support along with others who argue that the public must know more about this issue that affects us all, in one way or another. See what the film’s supporters have to say here.
If you would like to know more about how you can help support the film email firstname.lastname@example.org
ONES TO WATCH OUT FOR
PABLO NAVARETTE’s last film ‘Inside the Revolution’ was a beautifully made fascinating insight into Chavez’s Venezuela. Pablo’s next film is looking at Venezuela’s Hip Hop Revolutionaries. Learn more about how you can help the film here.
UK PREMIERE OF AWARD WINNING DOCUMENTARY “FORDSON”
Thursday 19th April, 6pm, Apollo Cinema Piccadilly.
TPFF friends at Radical Middle Way are presenting Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football and the American Dream.
“Powerful… Intelligent… Moving. I want everyone… to watch this film!” Michael Moore.
The film follows a predominately Muslim and Arab high school football team from a working-class Detroit suburb as they practice for their big cross-town rivalry game during the last ten days of Ramadan, revealing a community holding onto its Islamic faith while they struggle, under the dark clouds of growing anti-Muslim hatred, for acceptance in post 9/11 America. There are a limited number of free tickets for friends of the Tipping Point Film Fund. Additional tickets are also available for ONLY £5. Book here.
Also attending will be Director Rashid Ghazi, Coach Fouad “Walker” Zaban, Former Principal of Fordson High School Imad Fadlallah and the stars of the Fordson Tractors Football squad Ali Baidoun, Bilal Abu-Omarah, Baquer Sayed, Hassan Houssaiky.
..is an amazing event in the festival calendar. One to watch out for, if you are attending, is a short doc having a special screening on Sunday 6th May. ‘The Killing Fields’ by Carlo Nero asks How does our taxation system affect our ecosystem? Can we save the environment and prevent the decimation of species by creating a seismic shift in how we run our economy? A panel discussion will be introduced by Vanessa Redgrave and will include Prof. Sir Richard Jolly Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex; Polly Higgins environmental lawyer and author of Eradicating Ecocide and Fred Harrison economist and author.
CAMPAIGNS to watch out for…
In July, world leaders will meet in New York to draw up an historic document: the first ever international Arms Trade Treaty. Get it wrong and we may never get another chance to put it right.
That’s all for now! As always, thanks to all our supporters and if you’d like to know more about how you can join them and support TPFF’s backing of great ‘call to action’ films, read more here.
Happy Easter Holidays!
Deb, Kev, Fran, Jen and all at TPFF
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