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Set at the historic Lewis’s Building, Cinema in The City returns this Autumn, with a weekend of films about community activism alongside shorts from local filmmakers.
Cinemagoers will enjoy the unique opportunity to experience three contemporary screenings in the centre of Liverpool, inside one of the city’s most iconic Grade II listed buildings.
In Gagarine, Yuri, 16, has lived all his life in Gagarin Towers, a vast red-brick housing project on the outskirts of Paris. He dreams of becoming an astronaut. When plans to demolish Gagarin Towers leak out, Yuri joins the resistance. With his friends Diana and Houssam, he embarks on a mission to save their home, which has become his ‘starship’.
In the early 1970s, photojournalist Don McCullin photographed the area of Toxteth, capturing the community during an era of transition and decline. 50-years on, a group of filmmakers paint a contemporary portrait of the postcode in Almost Liverpool 8. Join the filmmakers for a Q&A after the screening, led by Bea Freeman.
Twenty years in the making, Ken Fero’s Ultraviolence is the follow-up to Injustice from 2001, a documentary that is one of the most important British non-fiction films: a radical, passionate work about the ongoing scandal and tragedy of deaths in UK police custody, largely of black men.
Film fans will also enjoy a delicious menu of local food courtesy of Squash, a bold and ambitious community organisation home-grown in Toxteth. Embracing an arts, food and environmental focus, they are a diverse group of local people committed to affecting creative, positive social change in our neighbourhood.
They work alongside local residents, embracing food and art as essential tools to improve health and well-being.
Supporting film and local talent is at the heart of FACT and Cinema in The City provides local filmmakers of the future with the exciting opportunity to screen their own short films to an audience of keen cinemagoers prior to each and every screening.
This weekend sees a selection of shorts from the next generation of filmmakers with Black Boys Can Swim, directed by Khaleb Brooks, Same BUT Different, directed by Anniwaa Buachi and Hey Joe, directed by Eleanor Lybeck all appearing on the big screen before the feature films.
Cinema in the City at Lewis’s Building runs from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 November and. Keep an eye out later in the year for further dates and announcements on new locations, exciting films and local food and drink traders.
FACT is funded by Arts Council England, Liverpool City Council and supported by Culture Liverpool.
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