(25/10/07) – ‘Resistance’ in international cinema forms the theme for the second Compass Film Festival in Bristol which is currently taking place at the Cube Microplex and Kuumba African Arts Centre. It includes film screenings, discussions, workshops and other events.
The Compass of Resistance International Film Festival is arranged by Compass Film in partnership with Swedish-based organization Film International. Each year focuses on a different genre or theme; the inaugural 2006 festival focuses on horror.
The festival kicked off last Sunday at the Cube Microplex with an international experimental short film competition, Radical Reels: Five Minutes of Mayhem! Halloween will see the Rhymes of Resistance urban spoken word freestyle event at Kuumba African Arts Centre, followed by a hip-hop fancy dress afterparty.
The main festival weekend will take place at the Watershed on the 3rd-4th November with the compass needle turning to India, Russia, Jamaica, Algeria and England. Oscar-nominated Days of Glory (2006) presents the forgotten history of the 130,000 North-Africans who were enlisted to fight alongside the French in WWII.
Rang De Basanti (2006) promises to be the must-see Bollywood film of the year after scooping Best Film, Best Director and Best Cinematography awards at the 2007 Filmware Awards in India. Reggae enthusiasts should see the Jamaican cult film The Harder They Come (1972) in which Jimmy Cliff stars as the anti-hero reggae singer trying to make it big in the city.
Peter Watkins’ controversial The War Game (1965) is an Oscar-winning docu-drama about nuclear war, banned from transmission for nineteen years by the BBC. The incredible story of immigrant ship Komagata Maru and India’s struggle for independence is brought to life in feature documentary Continuous Journey(2005).
The films will be accompanied by talks with internationally acclaimed academics and film directors. Festival audiences can take part in a range of workshops from VJ masterclasses to seminars on resistance-related themes. The festival ends with Friday Night Flicks, a showcase of local filmmakers’ work including Lawrence Hoo’s Inner City Tales and authentic Jamaican music and cuisine at Kuumba.
Says festival director Sam King: "Resistance is not a defined film genre but cinema has always had a tradition of questioning and challenging the status quo. It has given voice to those who often go unheard. We want to show the counter-cultural side of cinema and create discussion around the theme".
The Compass of Resistance International Film Festival runs until 09 November 2007. See links for more details.