Latest News – 17 June 2018

We are pleased to take part in Croydon’s Festival of Peace (16-23 June), by screening two films that we hope will chime with their vision of promoting individual and community wellbeing. Tuesday’s film is Makala, a thoughtful documentary that conveys the economic realities of life for a poor family man in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Kabwita Kasongo plans to produce a ‘crop’ of charcoal (makala) and sell it in the nearest town. Just what is involved in a seemingly straightforward plan is documented in Emmanuel Gras’s film, which won the Critics’ Week grand prize at Cannes last year. Kabwita’s stoicism is sorely tested. The final scenes in a revivalist church service are especially moving. The Sunday Times called it “beautiful and poetic, something it achieves without condescension”.
Thursday brings two showings of Road to Peace, Leon Stuparich’s record of the Dalai Lama’s visit to Britain in 2008. Leon was given unprecedented behind-the-scenes access during the tour, plus an interview with the Nobel Peace Prize winner. This visit came at a time when the Dalai Lama was beginning to question his political role, and in 2011 he  retired from leadership of the Central Tibetan Administration to concentrate on sharing his spiritual and humanitarian message. Leon has captured the contradictions that beset him during the tour, as well as the affection and admiration that he enjoyed, and we are very pleased that he will be attending both performances to answer questions after the film.
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