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Local and Global Issues Explored in Foyle Film Festival’s Intercultural & Anti-Racism Programme 2016


​Foyle Film Festival’s Intercultural & Anti-Racism Festival returns for its 11th year with an exciting programme of one-off screenings and digital workshops, running from April 4 -15

Foyle film Festival's annual Intercultural & Anti-Racism Programme offers primary and post-primary schools, colleges, community groups and the public a programme exploring local and global issues such as racism, discrimination and harassment, in a bid to promote tolerance and inclusivity.

We're delighted that as part of this year's programme we are premiering one of Disney’s highly anticipated films for 2016, The Jungle Book, in Brunswick Moviebowl.

The upcoming live-action reboot of The Jungle Book includes a star-studded cast, from Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray to Christopher Walken. The upcoming film is a re-telling of the 1967 classic animation film about a boy who grew up in the jungle under the care of a wolf family.

Other highlights include a Roald Dahl strand, commemorating the centenary of the celebrated author’s death. Primary schools have a unique opportunity to see the Roald Dahl classics James And The Giant Peach, Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, and Matilda on the big screen in Brunswick Moviebowl.

The Nerve Centre’s Creative Learning Centre team will also bring the Intercultural & Anti-Racism Programme right into primary classrooms across Derry and Strabane, giving students a unique opportunity to use iPad animation, green screen technology and editing software in order to explore this year’s festival themes. Workshops are limited and teachers are encouraged to contact the Festival Education Coordinator Christopher Morrison on 02871 260 562 to book.

The post-primary programme marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare with a special 20th anniversary screening of Baz Luhrmann’s Oscar®-nominated Romeo & Juliet in Brunswick Moviebowl. Featuring the Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, this timeless classic tells the tale of two star crossed lovers, set in a modern day Verona Beach.

Two of last year’s biggest releases Suffragette and Macbeth are on offer in the post-primary outreach programme. With an all-star cast including Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep, Suffragette tells the remarkable untold story of the real foot soldiers of theSuffragette movement, while Michael Fassbender chills as Shakespeare’s greatest anti-hero with Marion Cotillard as his lethally ambitious wife in the latest adaptation of Macbeth.

Other highlights include digital workshops, delivered by the Nerve Centre’s award-winning Creative Centenaries project, exploring and learning about the Easter Rising and Battle of the Somme using 3D animations, comic books and film-making activities.

Cinema-goers are also welcome to attend two weeks of unflinching feature films every night in the Nerve Centre at 8pm, from the Sundance Film Festival Special Jury award-winning We Come as Friends (Tuesday 5 April) and documentary The Hunting Ground (Thursday 7 April) to Salute (Monday 11 April), focusing on Australian athlete Peter Norman who stood on the podium alongside Tommie Smith and John Carlos as they courageously showed support for the Black Power movement.

Saoirse Ronan’s acclaimed performance in Brooklyn, the epic adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s novel, offers viewers a rare female portrayal of Irish emigration on Friday 8 April, while Carol(Tuesday 12 April), starring Cate Blanchett, follows the beautifully elegant Carol, who is spotted perusing the aisles of a 1950’s Manhattan department store by the alluring Therese, played by Rooney Mara. The two women develop a bond and quickly find themselves involved in an unexpected love affair with complicated consequences.

The evening programme draws to a close with Spotlight (Friday 15 April); the riveting true-story behind the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church which won two awards at this year’s Oscars®.

To book a Nerve Centre and/or outreach screening or workshop, please contact Christopher Morrison: email:; tel: 028 71373456/71260562.

Foyle Film Festival is a flagship project of the Nerve Centre. Foyle Film Festival's Intercultural & Anti-Racism Programme is funded by DCAL through Northern Ireland Screen and venue Partner is Brunswick Moviebowl.