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Unnorthodocs Documentary mini-season at Somerset House (23 Feb-16 March)


How to Survive a Plague

How to Survive a Plague

Concerning Violence, How to Survive a Plague, Big Boys Gone Bananas...all of these recent documentaries are rightly acclaimed (Concerning Violence was recently reviewed here). Though different on the surface, an underlying theme runs across all three: they are all filmic studies of modern injustice. All three will be playing between February and March as part of Somerset House's Unorthocs season. If you missed them when they played cinemas; why hesitate now?

Unorthodocs

In partnership with Dartmouth Films

Curated in partnership with Dartmouth Films, Somerset House presents Unorthodocs: a programme of documentaries that have won awards, been screened at international festivals, but fall outside the remit of British television. 

The idea for the series came from Christopher Hird, the founder of the documentary producer Dartmouth Films, based at Somerset House.

Hird said: 'There are a lot of great documentaries on television but, with the increased competition for viewers, the range of these films is becomingly increasingly limited. The aim of Unorthodocs is to increase the chances for the public to see these films and to hear from some of the people associated with making them.'

Ranging between the quirky, surreal, poignant and profound, these films reveal documentary-making at its most innovative and imaginative. Each screening will be followed by the chance to hear from a member of the filmmaking team.

Please note: some screenings may contain strong language and themes of an adult nature.

Unorthodocs: How To Survive a Plague

Monday 23 February 19.00-21.00

Screening Room £12/£11

This Oscar-nominated documentary tells the little-known story of the activists who, in the 1980s, struggled against political indifference and religious hostility in order to force the US government and drugs companies to combat the AIDS crisis. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Simon Watney British writer, art historian and AIDS activist and Dan Glass award winning activist, academic and campaigning role model.Certificate 15.
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Unorthodocs: Concerning Violence

Monday 2 March 19.00-20.50

Screening Room £12/£11

Concerning Violence is a Swedish documentary, driven by archive 16mm footage that provides an astonishing visual insight into the Third World’s struggle against European colonialism. Narrated by Lauryn Hill, and featuring excerpts from Frantz Fanon’s seminal text The Wretched of the Earth, this is a raw and vivid portrait of decolonisation.

Certificate 15.
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Unorthodocs: Big Boys Gone Bananas!*

Monday 16 March 19.00-21.00

Screening Room £12/£11

Fredrik Gertten’s 2011 film Bananas!* told the story of the legal action successfully brought against the multinational Dole Food Company. Then the filmmakers were threatened with a defamation lawsuit by the same corporation. Out of the ensuing legal struggle came this follow-up documentary – both a cautionary thriller and a highly personal film about media spin, PR scare tactics, and the fragility of freedom of speech.

Certificate 15.
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