CURATE – A NEW PROGRAMMING OPPORTUNITY

Cinema For All is excited to announce the first three films we are supporting through our new project, Curate. Curate supports independent films that may not have had distribution or large marketing campaigns that deserve to be screened and shared with audiences. What better way to do this than offer these films for a special community cinema release, along with marketing support for the film and exciting additions to make your screenings extra special.

We know that community cinemas screen an incredible range of films and build audiences around them in an impactful way and we’re so pleased to share these films and events with you and how you can get involved!

THE TEACHER’S PROTEST

1942. Occupied Norway. Teachers must join the Nazi Teachers’ League and teach Nazi ideas in their classrooms. 8,000 of them write protest letters. They are threatened with salary withdrawal and the sack. Still they refuse. In a desperate attempt to break them, the Nazi government arrests 1000 male teachers and sends them to prison camps, 300 miles above the Arctic Circle. The education system is in chaos and now the battle begins.

Following successful launches in the UK and Norway, the documentary weaves together archive footage, first-hand testimony and the skilful animation of Herlov Åmland’s poignant drawings to tell this gripping story to an international audience for the first time. The Teachers’ Protest is a sad, tender and uplifting documentary exploring a completely different kind of war story – an inspiring tale of passive resistance, where the heroes fight without weapons and still win.

‘Our members and guests were overwhelmingly positive about the film with almost everyone giving it a score of 5 out of 5 on our response form. People praised Jon for unearthing such an astonishing yet unknown story and for making such a unique and gripping film. As a film society, we loved the authenticity of having the director present and he gave a fascinating talk and answered some penetrating questions.’
– Taunton Film Society.

The Teacher’s Protest has already been screened by a few community cinemas and received warm reviews not just about the documentary itself but the director Q+As bringing interesting and engaging context to the film. We’re so pleased to be able to offer this film with Q+As with director Jon Seal to accompany your screening. Jon is available between February and March 2020 for Q+As. There are a limited amount of Q+A slots that we can support so please express your interest and a suggested date for your screening/Q+A to abi@cinemaforall.org.uk by 30 January 2019.

A MOON FOR MY FATHER

Written and directed by London-based Iranian filmmaker Mania Akbari and her partner, the British sculptor Douglas White, A Moon For My Father (2018) considers the mysterious connections between death and loss, memory, love, family ties, the body, birth and artistic creation. The film takes an epistolary form, drawing on several years of written correspondence between Akbari and White. Deftly interwoven alongside the letters are family photos, archival footage from Iran, imagery from White’s artwork, and scenes of the couple’s everyday life together.

‘Mania Akbari reaches for the sublime with a dreamlike film that tries to join the dots between past and present’ – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian.

Proudly screened at this year’s Community Cinema Conference and rated five stars from The Guardian, we are delighted to bring you A Moon For My Father. Broadcaster and Cinema For All Patron, Danny Leigh will be bringing us an exclusive article and interview with Mania and Douglas to delve deeper into the film and them as artists of many disciplines. This is an excellent chance for you to find out more about A Moon For My Father and the filmmakers and can be used as a resource or addition to programme notes at your screening.

There will also be branded film flyers available for your screening in which you can add a sticker with your own details to promote your screening of the film.

DIRT ROAD TO LAFAYETTE

Murdo, 15, and his father, Tom, journey from Scotland to North Alabama to visit their American/Scottish relatives after the death of his mother. Murdo is an accordion player but has not played since his mother passed. He meets an old lady called Queen Monzee-ay who plays accordion. She rekindles his interest in music and invites him play a gig with her. The music becomes a wedge which drives itself between him and his father, who out of the best intentions tries to control him. Eventually Murdo transcends his father and follows the music.

We are proud to work with Cosmic Cat Films to bring a special Scottish community cinema premiere of Dirt Road to Lafayette with ceilidh performances from the film’s star, Neil Sutcliffe and Q+As with BAFTA winning director Kenny Glenaan accompanying screenings of the film.

All the specialised support for your screenings of the Curate films must take place by 30 March 2020. We request that groups taking part complete a short survey. All the films will be available to screen after this date without the additional support. If you wish to take part in any of these screenings or have any questions please email abi@cinemaforall.org.uk.