Following its great success last year, the national award-winning Birmingham International Film Society (BIFS) is pleased to announce it will be hosting the second West Midlands Human Rights Film Festival, which commences next week.
‘There was a great deal of local interest in last year’s first West Midlands film festival about Human Rights issues – which attracted one of our biggest audiences to date,‘ said film programmer Max Simpson, one of the four local film enthusiasts who founded BIFS in 2008.
‘The screenings of fascinating and challenging international films on Human Rights, and post-screening discussions, has helped raise awareness of ongoing injustices that touches on the lives of many people in the West Midlands.’
This year’s Festival will be launched on Tuesday 18 September at 6.30pm at the Birmingham Library Theatre, with a reception and opening address from special guest speaker, Phil Shiner, head solicitor at Public Interest Lawyers. Phil is a lawyer with an outstanding national and international reputation for his work on issues concerning international, environmental and Human Rights law especially with regard to the Iraq War.
The reception will be followed by an exclusive Preview screening of the acclaimed new documentary Shadows of Liberty (12A) at 7.30pm at the Birmingham Library Theatre. The film examines the influence of modern media corporations such as Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp on democracy, featuring interviews with leading commentators such as Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks and David Simon, creator of The Wire.
The screening will be followed by a post-screening discussion with the film’s director Jean-Philippe Tremblay, who will be joined by Granville Williams, media critic and member of the CBPF (Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom).
The 2012 Festival programme covers a range of issues and Articles relating to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The majority of screenings are Birmingham Premieres, and will be complete with guest speakers, including globally acclaimed directors, academics, and representatives of issue-based groups.
West Midlands Human Rights Festival 2012 is funded by Creative England and the British Film Institute, and is supported by leading documentary film distributor Dogwoof Films. The Festival runs until Thursday 18 October 2012.