Foyle Film Intercultural & Anti-Racism Festival at 15: A Diverse and Engaging Programme for the Small Screen

25 Mar 2021

Foyle Film Intercultural & Anti-Racism Festival marks its 15th year with an expanded virtual programme of screenings, tackling a wide range of topics including prejudice, human rights abuses, inequality, and the climate emergency.

The festival will illuminate previously untold stories, uplifting new voices in filmmaking and beyond.

Womens’ stories represent a strong presence in this year’s festival, with programme highlights including Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliche, charting the life of the indomitable yet troubled musician Poly Styrene, lead singer of punk legends X-Ray Spex. In I Am Belmaya, a Nepalese woman oppressed by a stiflingly oppressive society finds her voice through documentary filmmaking.

The ongoing climate emergency has never been more relevant, as the pandemic has brought to light the impact that a global crisis has had on all of our lives. With Victor Kossakovsky’s experimental film Gunda, following the daily lives of farm animals including a one-legged chicken, the filmmaker reminds us that we share our planet with billions of other animals.

In its aim to give a fair representation of people from all walks of life, Foyle Film Intercultural & Anti-Racism Festival champions the stories of those in the LGBBTQI+ community. With screenings of the acclaimed dramatic feature Cicada, a powerful documentary exploring conversion therapy, Cured, and the joyful Drag Kids, the programme explores various dimensions of the LGBTQI+ experience.

The festival shines a light on experiences of people of colour and those in the Global South. Already tipped for success at the Oscars, Minari will screen on the festival’s closing night, a tender and sweeping story which follows a Korean-American family in search of their own American Dream. While the documentary On Our Doorstep relays the experience of refugees living in Calais Jungle, before it was demolished in 2016. 

In its 15th year, the festival offers a challenging programme of events in an accessible, virtual format. Foyle Film Intercultural & Anti-Racism Festival is a project of the Nerve Centre, and is funded by the Department for Communities through Northern Ireland Screen.

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