Saturday 4th June – Sunday 10th July 2016


CREATE Film Festival is a series of four screening events taking place across Manchester, exploring the impact of art and activism in conflict and the complex and multiple roles played by film in determining perceptions of war.

In Place of War has worked in partnership with Film Hub NWC, part of the BFI Film Audience Network, and with local diaspora communities in Manchester to put together a festival programme that offers a heady mix 
of emerging and established filmmakers.

The festival will focus on four themes: Kurdistan, Hip Hop, DR Congo, and Women, and the programme includes screenings of feature length and short film, as well as opportunities for discussion and sharing stories, director Q&As, live music and food.

The first event will focus on the people and culture of Kurdistan. Taking place at Z-Arts, this will include a screening of FORGOTTEN CHORDS (2016) by Kurdish filmmaker Soran Mardookhi, which invites audiences on a journey to discover the power and magic of music. Supporting films include Mazin Sherbayani’s acclaimed short DYAB and a special preview screening of FINDING MY LEGS by Alan Amin, who will be joining the event for a Q&A. There will be a performance of traditional Kurdish folk music from Paula Darwish and Serpil Kılıç.

CREATE Film Festival will also present a night dedicated to Hip Hop communities around the world, with a screening of RAMPAGE (2006) by world-renowned artist and film-maker George Gittoes, who will be joining the event at Ruby Lounge for an exclusive Q&A. The Australian Peace Prize winner will discuss the film, based on Miami’s notorious Brown Sub ghettos, and his experiences of working with communities in places of conflict, including Afghanistan. Also screening on the night will be HIP HOP, MI DESAHOGO (HIP HOP, MY RELEASE) (2014).

Co-curated with the Manchester Congolese Organisation, MaCO, the DR Congo event will feature a screening of VIRUNGA (2014) at St James’ Church. A powerful combination of investigative journalism and nature documentary, VIRUNGA is the incredible true story of a group of courageous people risking their lives to build a better future in a part of Africa the world’s forgotten. Also screening will be LA BELLE AT THE MOVIES (2015) and AWAY FROM HOME (2014).

Rounding off the festival will be a women-only screening that explores some of the most inspiring female-led artistic movements happening in sites of conflict and post-conflict today. Working closely with the Syrian women of Manchester, the event will feature the screening of THE TRIALS OF SPRING (2015) by Gini Reticker, which follows the journeys of three Egyptian women from the early days of the 2011 Arab Spring as they set out on a search for freedom and justice in a country gripped by a dangerous power struggle. Also screening at the event will be I TOO HAVE A NAME (2012) and COLOURS OF RESILIENCE (2014).

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