The theme of this year’s Festival is IDENTITY. We present a programme of films, performances, talks and workshops exploring what it is that makes us who we are. Themes include gender, sexuality, mental health, disability, nationality, race, and socioeconomic status. We have speakers and panel members from as far afield as Tibet, Palestine, and Syria, and we are also showcasing the research and work being done here at Oxford Brookes in our lunchtime seminars series.
12 - 18 March 2018
Monday 12 March 2018
13:00 Lunchtime seminar: Dr. Mark Burgess (open seminar, no ticket required) Glass Tank
Mark is a social psychologist and Oxford Brookes University Teaching Fellow whose research focuses on transformative experiences; those experiences whose effects could not have been fully appreciated in advance and that change an individual's understanding of Self in some way. All his research is founded upon an existential understanding of self.
17:00 Performance: Delta 7 (reserve your free tickets here) Glass Tank
“Advocates for social change disguised as Rock Stars,” Delta 7, will be performing and screening the Picturehouse Short Film Competition Winner 2017 We Rise which introduced them to a national audience and led to the release of the their first single, The Jungle. Delta 7 is a seven-piece rock band from Eastbourne, who write and perform all their own material. Band members Mikey, Fraser, Elliot, Harry, David, Craig and Speedy have different personalities, talents and disabilities, but their shared love of performing, positive energy and mutual support allows them to create music that is infectious and inspiring, making Delta 7 an uplifting and powerful voice for everyone who feels a little outside the mainstream of society.
19:30 Screening: Loving Vincent (reserve your free tickets here) JHB Lecture Theatre
On 27th July 1890 a gaunt figure stumbled down a drowsy high street at twilight in the small French country town of Auvers. The man was carrying nothing; his hands clasped to a fresh bullet wound leaking blood from his belly. This was Vincent van Gogh, then a little known artist; now one of the most famous artists in the world. His tragic death has long been known, what has remained a mystery is how and why he came to be shot. Loving Vincent tells that story. Followed by a panel discussion on mental health.
Tuesday 13 March 2018
13:00 Lunchtime seminar: Dr. Supriya Akerkar (open seminar, no ticket required) Glass Tank
Supriya is a senior lecturer in Disaster Risk Reduction with CENDEP, Oxford Brookes University. Her current research engages with social inclusion in development and humanitarian practices. She will share her main findings from her current research on age and disability capacity project (ADCAP), highlighting how significations of persons with disabilities act as significant barriers to their inclusion in humanitarian responses. Dr. Richard Carver will be the discussant for her talk.
18:30 Screening: 13th (reserve your free tickets here) Clerici Learning Studio
A powerful documentary which explores the intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States. Its title comes from the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which freed the slaves and prohibited slavery (unless as punishment for a crime). With panel discussion.
Wednesday 14 March 2018
13:00 Lunchtime seminar: Professor Peter Edge (open seminar, no ticket required) Glass Tank
Peter specialises in the study of the interaction of law and religion, both in the UK and in a transnational context. His current work is focussing on religion in the commercial sphere. He leads the Commercial Religion research programme in the School of Law, and is a member of the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice. Here he discusses “McConscience: can companies have religious human rights?”
18:30 Screening: In Between (reserve your free tickets here) JHB Lecture Theatre
In Between follows the lives of three strong, independent minded Israeli-Palestinian women sharing an apartment in Tel Aviv. Away from the constraints of their families and enforced tradition, they find themselves 'in between' the free and unfettered lives they're aspiring to. With Skype Q&A with director Maysaloun Hamoud and panel discussion on perceptions of national with Brookes students from Palestine.
Thursday 15 March 2018
13:00 Lunchtime seminar: Intersectionality@Brookes (open seminar, no ticket required) Glass Tank
Members of the Oxford Brookes LGBT+ Forum, Disability Forum and BME Staff Network discuss the concept of intersectionality and the work they do here at Brookes to raise awareness and support staff and students.
19:00 Screening: City of Joy (reserve your free tickets here) JHB Lecture Theatre
This is our 2018 collaboration with the Oxford Brookes Documentary Club. The film tells the story of the first class of women at City of Joy, a transformational leadership community for women survivors of violence, located in Bukavu, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. It chronicles the process by which such a revolutionary place came to be, from its origins, and the women survivors themselves, to the opening of the centre’s doors.
Friday 16 March 2018
13:00 Lunchtime seminar: Rev. Kate Harford (open seminar, no ticket required) Glass Tank
Kate serves as Ecumenical Chaplain at Oxford Brookes University. She has a particular interest in interfaith dialogue, queer and feminist theology, and theologies of suffering and mental health, and actively works with LGBT+ asylum seekers within and beyond the church. Here she discusses gender, sexuality and the scriptures.
16:00 Workshop: Emma Slade (reserve your free tickets here) Glass Tank
Emma had an exciting international career in finance, but a deep seated desire to enquire into the deeper aspects of what it is to be a human being was brought to the surface following a life-changing visit to Jakarta. She resigned from her financial career and began travelling and exploring yoga and meditation. Emma will be talking about her journey and signing copies of her book, Set Free, which details her inspirational story. Proceeds from the book will be donated to the charity Opening Your Heart to Bhutan.
17:00 Lecture: Alexander Norman (reserve your free tickets here) Glass Tank
Alexander Norman is the Director of the Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion. He is a long-time associate of HH the Dalai Lama, having worked closely with the Tibetan leader on his autobiography, Freedom In Exile. He has served as a speech writer for HH the Dalai Lama and on his Special Review Committee.
19:00 Screening: Little Tibet (reserve your free tickets here) JHB Lecture Theatre
Ladakh, in the northern most part of India, is often known as Little Tibet. It borders Tibet and shares much of its culture, language and landscape. Film maker Sonam Anja-Tsang will be joining us to talk about his films and his journeys across this land still rich in Tibetan culture, where he finds the gems of his lost homeland, but cannot cross the tantalisingly close border and return to Tibet.
Saturday 17 March 2018
12.30 Workshop: Identity and [Affordable] Housing (reserve your free tickets here) Chakrabarti Room
A session with Transition by Design and Oxford Community-led Housing research project (Oxford Community Foundation, Community First Oxfordshire and Oxford Community Land Trust), with a focus on self-build housing. The session will screen the BBC documentary 'The House that Mum and Dad Built' (1982), that captures the stories of families involved in the first Walter Segal self-build project. This will be followed by an interactive panel discussion including Professor Nabeel Hamdi, one of the pioneers in participatory planning, and Lesley Dewhurst, CEO of Restore Oxford and former Chief Executive of Oxford Homeless Pathways.
14:30 Talk: Tented Dreams (open seminar, no ticket required) Glass Tank
UK based charity Souriyat Across Borders are coming to talk about their work with Syrian artists and children who are refugees in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. Souriyat is the phonetic spelling in English of the Arabic word for “female Syrians”. The Tented Dreams exhibition runs in the Glass Tank Lab until 23rd March.
17:00 Performance: Borderline (book your tickets here) Chakrabarti Room
Fresh from a sell out tour of the UK and India, this tragi-comedy is based in and was devised by people who have experience of the Calais Jungle. Producer Sophie Besse facilitated art based workshops in Calais Jungle throughout 2015 -2016 and this show is the result of a six weeks devising period with an ensemble of European and refugee performers from the UK, France, Syria, Afghanistan, Chile and Sudan.
19:30 Screening: The Other Side of Hope (reserve your free tickets here) JHB Lecture Theatre
The story of an unlikely friendship between a Syrian asylum seeker and an elderly Finnish restaurant owner. Winner of the Berlin Silver Bear for Best Director, it’s a beautiful, timely film from one of the world's leading auteurs. Lead actor Sherwan Haji will be joining us in person to discuss the film and answer audience questions.
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