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What's On In June

Monday 14 June, 2021


We're happy to be collaborating once again with the London Indian Film Festival in June, both online and in the cinema (see below). On Tuesday 22nd, we're partnering on an online screening of Garden of Memories (Bahaniya), which explores the lives of a small community living and working in a tea field in Bangladesh. It will be available to watch for 24 hours on the Love LIFF At Home platform, along with a recorded Q&A. 

Then, on Thursday 24th, we're going global with a brilliant short film programme, in partnership with 99. This will be a cherry-picked selection from 99's excellent catalogue of international short nonfiction, and will be available to watch for free, worldwide, until Sun 27th June. 



Everyone will be warmly welcomed back in Bloomsbury to see MLK/FBI - Sam Pollard's revelatory examination of the FBI's obsessionwith Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sisters With Transistors - a delightfully enjoyable tour through the women who pioneered electronic music, from Delia Derbyshire to Suzanne Ciani, narrated by Laurie Anderson; and The 8th - which follows along with a passionate group of campaigners and activists fighting for women's rights and progressive reform in the run up to Ireland's historic referendum on legalising abortion. 

This will also be your last chance to catch Viktor Kossakovsky's black-and-white porcine masterpiece Gunda, the twists and turns of Norwegian festival favourite The Painter and the Thief and Sergei Loznitsa's magnificent archival evocation of the days of official mourning for Joseph Stalin, State Funeral.

We have two very special and very different films opening on Friday 18th. In The Viewing Booth, a young American woman watches videos of life in the West Bank city of Hebron, talking through her reactions as the material challenges her assumptions, biases and beliefs. The opening screening on the 18th will be followed by a specially recorded Q&A with director Ra'anan Alexandrowicz.

Also playing from the 18th, The Reason I Jump is a vivid, cinematic exploration of what autism feels like, focusing on five young people from around the world and opening a window into an intense sensory universe. We're excited to welcome director Jerry Rothwell back to Bertha DocHouse for a Q&A following the screening on Tuesday 22nd. 

Look out for relaxed screenings of The Reason I Jump throughout the run.

Fresh from its European Premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest, on Sunday 20th we'll be showing The Return: Life After ISIS. Director Alba Sotorra Clua has extraordinary access to a camp in Syria where Shamima Begum, Hoda Muthana and a group of Western women who left their home countries to join ISIS, now wait, wishing to return to countries of origin that don't want them back.

Following the screening on the 20th, Alba Sotorra Clua will join us live from Spain for an on-screen Q&A hosted by Reprieve director Maya Foa. 

This still is from the documentary The Filmmaker's House.

From Friday 25th, we'll be playing the latest film from Marc Isaacs, well known for the meaningful connections he makes with ordinary people from behind his camera, and this time round bringing an intriguing blend of documentary and fiction, filmed in his own home with people connected to his own life. 

The opening screening of The Filmmaker's House will be followed by an in-person Q&A with Marc Isaacs.

Also opening on Friday 25th, Acasa, My Home follows three years in the life of the Enache family - a Roma family with nine kids - as they are forced to move from an off-grid lifestyle in the wilderness of an abandoned water reservoir, to a cramped apartment in the neighbouring concrete jungle. We're thrilled to finally get this festival favourite from 2020 by first time Romanian director Radu Ciorniciuc up on the big screen.

On Saturday 26th, we'll be hosting the London Indian Film Festival at Bertha DocHouse, with a screening of Home Address (Ghar Ka Pata), a heartfelt first-person journey of rediscovery as director Madhulika Jalali returns to her childhood home in Kashmir, decades after her family was forced to flee.

The screening will be followed by a recorded Q&A with Madhulika Jalali. 

Ahead of the Curve, which screens on Sunday 27th, tells the definitive history of best-selling lesbian magazine Curve (or Deneuve, as it was originally called) and its founder, Franco Stevens.

This is a film full of the history of lesbian visibility, which also brings in today's queer activists, moving the discussion very much into 2021 and looking to the future.

The last event of the month goes to Nick Broomfield's staggering investigation into Suge Knight, Death Row Records and the murders of Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur.

Wednesday 30th will be the world premiere of Last Man Standing in cinemas across the UK, followed by a recorded Q&A with Nick Broomfield, hosted by DJ Trevor Nelson. 

Lots more to come online and in the cinema in July!