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Thursday 6 February, 2020

We have to start by mentioning that For Sama is going to be back (again) for a few screenings from this Friday, fresh from a storming 'Best Documentary' win at the Baftas. Just in case you haven't seen it yet! 


Our first event of the month will bring director Lucy Parker in to show her eye-opening debut doc Solidarity. Charting the blacklisting of UK construction workers and subsequent inquiry, Solidarity is a quiet film that packs even more of a punch for the dignity it affords the men and women of the Blacklist Support Group. At the preview screening on Thursday 6th, Lucy will be joined for a Q&A by Dave Smith of the Blacklist Support Group and guests. The film then opens on a run from Friday 14th. The screening on Monday 17th at 8.30pm will have closed caption subtitles for hard of hearing audience members.

Opening on Friday 7th, Hunting for Hedonia reveals the promise and the perils of Deep Brain Stimulation, a controversial procedure working on neural pathways, which could transform the way we treat mental health disorders.


A great mix of art and politics, Mali Blues spotlights four incredible musicians who are using their music to stand up to extremism in a country where secular music has been banned. Mali Blues plays from Friday 7th.  


Continuing our African Identities Revisited season, from Friday 14th we’ll be showing When Lambs Become Lions, which twists like a thriller as it follows two men on opposite sides of Kenya’s ivory trade. Keeping dangerously close to both poacher and ranger, director Jon Kasbe and exec producer Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land) take us deep into a world where money is scarce and, for some, morality becomes a luxury.


On Sunday 16th, we have a one-off screening of Eminent Monsters, the vitally important investigation into psychological warfare and the use of torture for interrogation in both the US and UK. Director Stephen Bennett will be joined for a post-screening discussion by Nils Melzer, expert on Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, and the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture.


Celebrating the late author's birthday, Tuesday 18th will be your first chance to see Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am - a fitting tribute, centred around an expansive interview with Morrison, reflecting on her life and work. For this preview, Birds' Eye View have invited special guests to read their favourite passages from Morrison's works. There are only a few tickets left to this special event, but the film will be back in March, playing daily from Friday 6th. 

Next up, we head to the frenetic streets of Mexico City, joining the Ochoa family in their private ambulance - offering a much needed but nevertheless troubling service to patients who can pay. Director Luke Lorentzen will be at Bertha DocHouse for a Q&A at our first screening of Midnight Family, on Friday 21st. The film will continue to play daily from Saturday 22nd. 


Also opening on Friday 21st, The Forbidden Reel is a glorious dive into a vision of 20th Century Afghanistan that we rarely see, through the restored films of the Afghan National Archive - hundreds of film reels which, until recently, were hidden in order to save them from destruction by the Taliban.  


Fredrik Gertten is bringing Push, his cross-continental exploration of the global housing crisis, to Bertha DocHouse at the end of the month. On Friday 28th, we're hosting a Q&A with Gertten and the subject of his film, Leilani Farha - the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing. Push will continue to play daily from Saturday 29th.


Last up, we'll be opening One More Jump on Friday 28th, which follows Jehad and Abdullah, founders of the Gaza Parkour Team, as the pressures of life in the Gaza Strip and dreams of freedom pull the two friends apart. Tickets on sale soon.