Calling all documentary enthusiasts! The Frontline Club has a brilliant line-up of film screenings over the next few weeks, complete with Q&A’s with the directors. From the life-threatening journey to Europe by sea to the mistreated fruit and vegetable pickers in California to an urban dirt bike gang in Baltimore, there’s something here for everyone. Just check out the trailers below!
The Frontline Club is one of my favourite places in London, and their events never disappoint. Just a hop, skip and a jump away from Paddington station, it’s easy to get to and has a wonderfully intimate atmosphere for just £10 a pop. Check out their events page here to book your ticket….though it will be hard to choose with such an amazing list of documentaries to see!
Note: If you’re hungry after the screening, just head downstairs to the Frontline Restaurant and have a great discussion about the film over wine and fish cakes. (Reservation recommended)
Food Chains: Wednesday May 27, 7:00 PM
Followed by a Q&A with Sanjay Rawal
“There is so much interest in food today but very little interest in the hands that pick it. Featuring Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, and actress/advocate Eva Longoria, the award-winning documentary Food Chains exposes the horrific abuses farmworkers face and reveals the forces behind that exploitation: the $4 trillion global supermarket industry.”
Everyday Rebellion: Monday 1 June, 7:00 PM
Followed by a Q&A with director Arman Riahi
“The reasons for the various people’s uprisings across the world may be diverse, but the creative nonviolent tactics they use in their struggles are strongly connected. So are the activists who share these strategies, new ideas and established methods. Everyday Rebellion is a story about the richness of peaceful protest, acted out everyday by passionate people from Spain, Iran, Syria, Ukraine, the USA, the UK and Serbia.”
The Defector: Friday 5 June, 7:00 PM
Followed by a Q&A with director Ann Shin
“As the leadership in North Korea changes and Kim Jong-un takes the helm, a man who goes by the name of ‘Dragon’ smuggles North Korean defectors across borders. His latest trip with two women, Sook-Ja and Yong-hee, takes an unexpected turn when they are left stranded in China. This is only the beginning of an extraordinary 5,000 km journey. Their story reflects the reality of tens of thousands of North Koreans currently in hiding in China.”
12 O’Clock Boys: Monday June 15, 7:00 PM
Followed by a Q&A with director Lotfy Nathan
“This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Lotfy Nathan.
Pug, a wisecracking 13 year old living on a dangerous Westside block in Baltimore, has one goal in mind: to join the 12 O’Clock Boys, the city’s notorious urban dirt bike gang. Director Lotfy Nathan followed Pug for three years over the course of the film’s production, documenting his transition from a witty and energetic boy to a teenager eager to find comradeship in a gang that prides in its recklessness and disregard for authority.”
Those Who Feel the Fire Burning: Friday June 19, 7:00 PM
Followed by a Q&A with director Morgan Knibbe
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Morgan Knibbe.
“Conflict, economic crisis, and depleting environmental resources are driving increasing numbers of people to attempt the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe. Those Who Feel the Fire Burning, Morgan Knibbe‘s innovative and genre-blurring film, places viewers in the perspective of a person who has begun this dangerous and desperate journey to Europe by sea.”