If you happen to be in Glasgow this weekend, please check out the Human Rights Activism and Filmmaking event on Sunday, June 26, at the Glasgow Film Theatre. The event will feature multiple shorts and a panel discussion, and is part of the UK-wide Refugee Week. (Tokenization alarm bells should go off here, and they do, but the event should nevertheless be a good opportunity for discussion, exchange, and critique.)
My short film RECREATION will be representing Digital Desperados, and will be shown alongside short films from other local filmmaking groups. Also to be screened is one of my favorite shorts, Mobile Men, by Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
Refuge England (d. Robert Vas, 1959, 27 mins); Mobile Men (d. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2008, 3 mins); plus selected short films from Camcorder Guerillas, Digital Desperados and Diversity. The screenings will be followed by a panel discussion on human rights activism and filmmaking.
Robert Vas’ Refuge England depicts the experience of a Hungarian refugee arriving in 1950s London. Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Mobile Men is a portrait of Jaii, a migrant worker from Burma, in a rare moment of escape from the realities of everyday life. These contrasting films will be followed by selected shorts from local filmmakers working with people seeking asylum, and a panel discussion addressing film and human rights activism.