Conscious Film Screening - Daughter of the Lake
Jun
29
6:00 PM18:00

Conscious Film Screening - Daughter of the Lake

Nelida is an Andean woman able to communicate with nature’s spirits. She feels she is the daughter of the lakes that provide water to her village. But just beneath her lakes, Yanacocha, Latin America’s largest gold mine, has discovered a deposit valued at billions of dollars. They have the Peruvian government’s support to mine it, even though it means drying out the lakes.

Farmers who live downstream oppose the project, because they fear running out of water. It’s a life and death struggle. The police have killed five men during the protests and the farmers not only have to confront the political and economic powers, but also the people in their communities who now depend on the small jobs the mine has given them.

When Nelida joins the march from her homeland to Lima, the country’s capital, over a thousand kilometers away, she realizes she’s not alone. There are thousands of people who want to protect the Andean water sources.

Nelida's story has parallels in Bolivia too, where a group of women live on dried out land. Their water disappeared after years of incessant mining. Then there is Bibi, a Dutch jeweler who exhibits her pieces on spectacular catwalks in Europe and who decides to visit Peru to discover the origin of the gold she uses.

Back in Peru, again, there is retaliation against the protesters. Marco, an ex-priest and Nelida's mentor, is brutally detained by police whilst sitting in a public square, demonstrating peacefully.

The conflict goes on. We see how, in front of 150 policemen about to evict a peaceful protest at the lakes, Nelida grabs a phone and communicates with journalists in the city of Cajamarca. Her determination prevents a brutal attack. But her participation in these demonstrations has consequences: Nelida's father, who works for the mine, loses his job. But this doesn't change her determination. She goes back to the lakes and prays to the water spirits. She makes them an offering of flowers and the photos of the five farmers killed during this seemingly endless conflict. Finally, Nelida asks her mother for the strength to keep going in her struggle for justice.

This film is shown in partnership between Just Festival and the University of Edinburgh School of GeoSciences, Masters in Environment & Development.

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Conscious Film Screening - Rebel With a Camera: Moolaadé
Mar
21
6:30 PM18:30

Conscious Film Screening - Rebel With a Camera: Moolaadé

Ousmane Sembène, otherwise known as the father of African cinema, is one of the key figures of world cinema, and yet his works, still relevant today, remain unknown to many. As part of the 'Rebel with a camera' series, Just Festival are partnering with the Africa in Motion Film Festival to screen his incredible work and give more people a chance to view key and groundbreaking pieces of world cinema. On the 21st March we will be showing, Sembene's final film, Moolaadé (2004).

Moolaadé, is at once a passionately critical look at an African practice of female genital mutilation that is practiced in more than 38 countries and a tribute to everyday heroism of African women (and men) against the tremendous internal problems facing modern day, post-colonial Africa.

Running time (2hr 4 mins)

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Jan
31
6:00 PM18:00

PhD in an Hour: Teaching for a fairer society? Primary schools and multiculturalism

Multicultural schools are a fact and so is racism and discrimination of minorities in our society. What teachers do everyday in their classrooms and what they are told they should be doing through policies is often debated. Dr Ania Byerly, the University of Edinburgh, examines teacher attitudes to diversity and looks for examples of practice where all children are encouraged to be open, kind, ready to be citizens of the world, questioning and critical of prejudice and discrimination they all see daily in their lives. Ania believes school is not only for teaching children how to read and write and confront this view with those of primary teachers themselves. 

Join Ania in discussing ideas and approaches towards creating a fairer Scotland. Let's make this PhD in an Hour event as multicultural as our schools!

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Conscious Film Screening: Le silence de Lorna | Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Jan
23
6:00 PM18:00

Conscious Film Screening: Le silence de Lorna | Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

Le silence de Lorna (Lorna's silence)

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne | Belgium/France/Italy | 115 min | 2008

In order to become the owner of a snack bar with her boyfriend, Lorna, a young Albanian woman living in Belgium becomes an accomplice to a diabolical plan devised by mobster Fabio. Fabio has orchestrated a sham marriage between her and Claudy. The marriage allows her to obtain Belgian citizenship and then marry a Russian Mafioso willing to pay a lot of money to acquire the same quickly. However, for this second marriage to be possible, Fabio has planned to kill Claudy. Will Lorna keep silent?

The event is part of the Conscious Film Screening Series organised in partnership with the European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh, LUX Prize and the Beltane Public Engagement Network.

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Conscious Film Screening: Csak a szél (Just the Wind) | Bence Fliegauf
Dec
12
6:00 PM18:00

Conscious Film Screening: Csak a szél (Just the Wind) | Bence Fliegauf

Csak a szél (Just the Wind) | Bence Fliegauf

France/Germany/Hungary | 91 min | 2012

The story of four members of a gypsy family who live on an isolated farm in Hungary: Anna, a young teenager who goes to school; her 11-year-old brother Rio who has created a hiding place in an abandoned barn; their mother Mari who works as a cleaner in the neighbouring village; and their grandfather Tomi who has been weakened by a stroke. It’s summer. Over the past few months, a gang of "hunters" has been committing racist crimes, attacking gypsy families, burning their homes and killing the inhabitants, where the gypsies are nicknamed "the crows". Anna, Rio and Mari will have a brush with unseen danger, until the day the hunters arrive.

The event is part of the Conscious Film Screening Series organised in partnership with the European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh, LUX Prize and the Beltane Public Engagement Network.

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Nov
29
6:00 PM18:00

PhD in an Hour: Shakespeare's love behind the Iron Curtain: Homoeroticism and Sonnet Translations

Translations are everywhere around us, but what happens when translators face a world-renown text that contains elements considered taboo in their target culture? This talk will explore how same-sex affection in Shakespeare's sonnets was translated into Czech and Slovak, both during the socialist regime and beyond.

Eva Spisiakova, a PhD student with the University of Edinburgh, will share her research findings and answer your questions surrounding Shakespeare's verses and translation work. 

 

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Nov
18
6:00 PM18:00

Conscious Film Screening: Macondo | Sudabeh Mortezai

Join us for the screening of 'Macondo' telling the story of Ramasan, an 11-year-old Chechen refugee living in Macondo, a tough ethnic neighborhood in the industrial suburbs of Vienna. 

Tucked in between the airport, motorway and the banks of the Danube in the Viennese district of Simmering, an entire world of its own has emerged behind walls of corrugated iron and barracks: Macondo, a settlement of refugees where about 3,000 asylum-seekers from 22 different countries are housed. One of them is eleven-year-old Ramasan who has come here from Chechnya with his mother and two younger sisters. His father was killed in the conflict with the Russians, at least that’s what he's been told. Ramasan tries his best to take his father’s place – for instance by looking after his sisters or tucking his mother’s stray hair back underneath her headscarf. But then a brooding man named Isa, a friend of Ramasan’s father from the old days, suddenly arrives in Macondo and Ramasan's life is thrown into disarray.

http://www.macondo-film.com/

The event is part of the Conscious Film Screening Series organised in partnership with the European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh and LUX Prize.

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Oct
25
6:00 PM18:00

PhD in an Hour: One Medicine - Humans and Animals Beating Cancer Together

Ylenia Capodanno

Ylenia Capodanno

Despite years of research into curing cancer, it seems an obvious link between analysing the syndromes and development patterns of cancer in both humans and animals that share human DNA sequences has been missed. Ylenia Capodanno, in her PhD research into characterisation and targeting of cancer stem cells in canine insulinoma, explores the similarities of that particular cancer type in dogs and humans and tries to find a method to treat cancer in both dogs and humans. 

Cancer is the fourth cause of deaths in humans. High incidence and low survival rates are the ingredients of this lethal recipe. We need new strategies to fight it and here they come to rescue: Dogs! the men’s best-friends. Comparing tumours across species is the way to defeat the “mysterious” enemy of both humans and dogs. 


'Thanks to my experience in both veterinary medicine and cancer biology I have an open-minded idea of a “one medicine research” where animals and humans are not seen as two separate entities that inhabit the world but as companions who share a lifetime together,' says Ylenia, a PhD student and a veterinarian at the University of Edinburgh. Ylenia will share her research findings at the upcoming PhD in an Hour event.

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Oct
21
5:45 PM17:45

Conscious Film Screening: Mediterranea | Jonas Carpignano

Mediterranea | Jonas Carpignano | France/Germany | 107 min | 2015

Just Festival, LUX Prize and the European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh present 'Mediterranea' by Jonas Carpignano as part of Conscious Film Screening Series. The film addresses the perils and struggles of refugees who desperately decide to make dangerous journeys for a better life, but then face hostility and violence in the countries of their destiny. 
 

More information about this highly acclaimed drama can be found below: 

Synopsis: Ayiva recently left his home in Burkina Faso in search of a way to provide for his sister and his daughter. He takes advantage of his position in an illegal smuggling operation to get himself and his best friend Abas off of the continent. Ayiva adapts to life in Italy, but when tensions with the local community rise, things become increasingly dangerous. Determined to make his new situation work he attempts to weather the storm, but it has its costs.

 

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