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.