from FRI 8 SEPT, 6pm
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A monthly film and documentary screening followed by stimulating debates led by experts with knowledge on the film topic.
FRI 8 SEPT: SOLAR MAMAS
Solar Mamas follows the remarkable story of Rafea, a mother-of-four from Jordan who challenges the status quo of her traditional marriage by travelling to India to train as a solar engineer for six months. Along with 27 other mothers and grandmothers from poor communities around the world - many of whom are illiterate - she will learn the skills needed to bring electricity and light back to her village.
For Rafea, it is a life changing journey. As the second wife of a Bedouin living in a remote part of the Jordanian desert, she has had limited opportunities in life. Now she has been selected to attend the Barefoot College in India run by the inimitable Roy Bunker. Alongside women from Kenya, Burkina Faso and Colombia and across cultural and language divides, Rafea needs to get to grips with electrical components, circuit boards and soldering. Her new knowledge will see her do things she never imagined, but it will also have an unanticipated effect on her relationship with her patriarchal husband.
Addressing themes of education, gender equality, environmental sustainability and development, the documentary takes an inspiring and compelling look at poverty - and the ways women around the world are working to pull themselves out of the poverty trap.
Watch the trailer for Solar Mamas
FRI 13 OCT: THE TIBET WITHIN
Jointly hosted with Hatton Gallery, join us for a screening of The Tibet Within.
Occupied by China in 1949, Tibetans are now a minority in their own country. They have been stripped of their basic human rights and are struggling to preserve their culture, language and identity. As a desperate act of appeal and protest, 120 of them have self-immolated since 2009. Tibet has been closed off to media and international observer delegations for the past several years.
Outside Tibet, more than 150,000 Tibetans live in exile. Freedom in exile has allowed them to continue their struggle and to preserve their culture, although their efforts have had to be doubled, in order to reflect the new cultural realities of their host countries.
'The Tibet Within' is an independent Canadian documentary dedicated to the struggle for the preservation of the Tibetan culture and identity outside Tibet. It aims to pay homage to the courage and determination of the Tibetan people, and highlight their fascinating culture, one of the world's last ancient civilizations.
Filmed in India and Canada, the documentary depicts the same sense of urgency, either in large communities (100,000 Tibetans living in India) or smaller ones (such as the 100 Tibetans living in Montreal).
Watch the trailer for The Tibet Within