Monday 4th May 2015, 4pm, Nottingham Writers’ Studio
Pay What You Can
Monday 4th May 2015, 8pm, Cafe Roya
Tickets: £8 with dinner
We don’t like to get too political here at NAFN. But there are some things we feel strongly about, and for that reason we have decided to take a stance against the xenophobia we believe UKIP is promoting. A number of the NAFN team have first-generation immigrant parents, so the policies which this party is promoting are pretty repellent to us and we’re going to combat them in the heart of Hockley and Beeston.
We believe UKIP’s ideas have no place in Nottingham, as they do not reflect the city which we know and love. And it is our love for Nottingham’s vibrant society which leads us not to fear immigration, but embrace it. For that reason we have decided to fight Nigel not by imitating his demagogic slogans and promises, but by using the power of film alone to tell migration stories that will make people think again.
To challenge UKIP’s Little England mentality, we have also put great emphasis on bringing films from around the world to Nottingham. So we’ve got films from Thailand, Lebanon, Scotland, Germany, France, Greece, Singapore, England and more! And these are films which we’ve found at film festivals right round the globe too, from celebrations of film like International Film Festival Rotterdam to award winners like Kyla Simone’s The Interpreter from this year’s London Short Film Festival.
What’s more, we’re going to invite our audience to ‘pay what you can’ for this screening, because we don’t want to exclude anyone. Plus, any profits from donations will go to a film of the audience’s choice – so why not join us for something a little bit different this May bank holiday?
Why we want to share these films with you:
We have an on-going commitment to short films, as we feel they’re a great art form all of their own and they don’t get the attention they so rightly deserve! Instead we want to give audiences in Nottingham a chance to see more shorts and decide for themselves what they do and don’t like. We also want to challenge the belief that people shouldn’t be paid for screening short films, a trend we try to buck by at least returning what profits we do make to the winning film.
In this instance, we also want to use these films to create an additional space in the media for discussing this issue of immigration. We believe an often sensationalised, one-sided discussion of this issue is often being presented at the moment, and this is allowing UKIP to win undue support. To challenge this we want to show that migration is not something we should see as a tidal wave that threatens Britain, but rather an issue which must be dealt with (often ambivalently) around the now globalised world.
We also want to oppose the reduction of migrants to statistics or caricatured “job-thieves.” These are people with their own stories, hopes and dreams, who sometimes need help or just a change of scenery. And we believe the best way to stop UKIP’s fear-mongering is to rehumanise the migrants they are trying to demonise.