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UCDVO Development Film Series 2018

With funding support from Trocáire, the sixth UCDVO Development Film Series will begin in January 2018. The series is located in the UCD Student Centre Cinema for five consecutive Mondays beginning the 29th January – 26th February 2018 at 6pm.

The series includes 5 high quality feature documentary films on subjects relating to development and global justice issues. Each screening is followed by a Q&A session with a guest speaker and refreshments.

Seat bookings must be made in advance of each screening by emailing: developmentforum@ucdvo.org

This event is free of charge and all are welcome. Follow us on facebook for updates and reminders.

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2017 Programme Details

I Am Not Your Negro

Date: Monday 29th January 2018

Starting Time: 6pm

Location: UCD Cinema, Belfield

Guest Speaker: Victoria Showunmi

Reserve your Seat: FULLY BOOKED

Synopsis: Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.

Academy Award Nominee 2016 Best Feature Documentary

Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2017 Won Best Documentary

Toronto International Film Festival 2016 Won People's Choice Award

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 JAHA'S PROMISE

Date: 5th February 2018

Starting Time: 6pm

Location: UCD Cinema, Belfield

Guest Speaker: Farah Azadi

Reserve your Seat: developmentforum@ucdvo.org

Synopsis: A documentary about the life and activism of Jaha Dukureh, a Gambian anti-female genital mutilation campaigner who returns to her country of birth to confront the harmful tradition that she and 200 million women and girls have undergone globally. Jaha Dukureh was subject to female genital mutilation (FGM) as a baby and when she was 15 she was taken to New York City to marry a middle-aged man she’d never met before. A decade later, having escaped that forced marriage, she returned to the Gambia in West Africa. This film constructs Jaha's life story from her own vivid testimony, family archives and witnesses, and centres on her life’s see-saw story of setback and success.

Audience Award IFI Documentary Festival 2017

Nominated Sheffield Youth Jury Award 2017

CPH:DOX 2017

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 CITY OF GHOSTS

Date: 12th February 2018

Starting Time: 6pm

Location: UCD Cinema, Belfield

Guest Speaker: Mark Malone

Reserve your Seat: developmentforum@ucdvo.org

Synopsis: Directed, produced, and filmed by Academy Award®–nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land, 2015 Sundance Film Festival Directing Award), City of Ghosts is a singularly powerful cinematic experience that is sure to shake audiences to their core as it elevates the canon of one of the most talented documentary filmmakers working today. Captivating in its immediacy, City of Ghosts follows the journey of “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently” – a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. With astonishing, deeply personal access, this is the story of a brave group of citizen journalists as they face the realities of life undercover, in exile and risking their lives.

Grand Jury Award Sheffield International Documentary Festival 2017

Official Selection Sundance Film Festival 2017

Seattle International Film Festival 2017

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 THE LAST ANIMALS

Date: 19th February 2018

Starting Time: 6pm

Location: UCD Cinema, Belfield

Guest Speaker: Director, Kate Brooks

Reserve your Seat: developmentforum@ucdvo.org

Synopsis: Conflict photographer Kate Brooks turns her lens from the war zones she is used to covering to a new kind of genocide- the killing of African Elephants and Rhinos- in this sweeping and sobering expose of an underreported crisis. As the single-digit population of Northern White Rhinoceros ticks closer to zero, Brooks outlines the myriad factors contributing to the current epidemic of highly effective poaching and trafficking syndicates, drawing startling connections between the illegal wildlife trade and international terrorism and border security. At the same time, Brooks documents the heroic efforts of conservationists, park rangers, and scientists to protect these animals on the verge of extinction in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. The result is a potent plea for worldwide attention and action to combat the permanent loss of these majestic creatures.

Sheffield International Documentary Festival 2017

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2017

Best Documentary San Diego International Film Festival 2017

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 CHASING CORAL

Date: 26th February 2018

Starting Time: 6pm

Location: UCD Cinema, Belfield

Guest Speaker: Dr Emmanuel Reynaud

Reserve your Seat: developmentforum@ucdvo.org

Synopsis: From the director of Chasing Ice comes an epic adventure to capture our changing oceans. Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. Chasing Coral was directed by Jeff Orlowski and produced by Larissa Rhodes. The film took more than three years to shoot, and is the result of 500+ hours underwater, submissions of footage from volunteers from 30 countries, as well as support from more than 500 people from various locations around the world.

Winner Audience Award Sundance Film Festival 2017

Best Feature Documentary Boulder International Film Festival 2017

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2017

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The UCDVO Development Film Series is kindly supported by the Trocáire Connecting for Impact Mini-Grant and the Concern Development Education Grants Scheme.

The content and views represented in these films should not be taken to reflect the policies and views of Trócaire, Concern or UCD Volunteers Overseas.