Highlighting under the radar arts and culture in Birmingham, UK

West Midlands Human Rights Film Festival

Tomorrow the West Midlands Human Rights Film Festival kicks off in venues in Birmingham and Wolverhampton. Presented by Birmingham International Film Society, this year’s festival  will cover a miriad of issues and will feature guest speakers, film directors and representatives from issue-based groups.

A few highlights:

Bananas!* – Juan ‘Accidentes’ Dominguez is on his biggest case ever. On behalf of 12 Nicaraguan banana workers he is tackling Dole Food Company in a ground-breaking legal battle for their use of a banned pesticide that was known by the company to cause sterility.

Big Boys Gone Bananas!* – When filmmaker Gertten was about to premiere his film Bananas!* at the Los Angeles Film Festival 2009, Dole Food took out a Cease and Desist order against him and the Festival, warning that any screening of the film would result in the company suing the filmmaker for false allegations against it.

Films4Peace – Curator Mark Coetzee commissioned 21 of today’s most innovative artists to visually interpret the subject of peace.

High Tech, Low Life – Two Chinese bloggers consider themselves ‘citizen reporters’. Armed with a camera, phone and laptop, they go into provinces in search of a story.

The festival runs until 18 October. Check the website for full programme information and updates.

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