Film is a powerful medium. Film motivates, inspires, and transforms our collective social reality. Film has the ability to tear people apart and bring them together. In a world progressively characterised by turmoil, Raindance aims to champion films that have an impact; films that aspire to breakdown walls, and inspire social change.
Here are four films that aim to provoke social change to look out for at Raindance Film Festival 2017.
In Another Life
Adnan is a refugee from Syria, a former teacher who finds himself trapped in the sprawling encampment outside Calais known as The Jungle. Separated from his wife, he is gradually brutalised by the corruption of the ruthless people smugglers and the hatred of the locals, who see the refugees as invaders, and he begins to lose his grip on morality. With the character of Adnan, the film gives a very human face to a phenomenon which has inspired hysterical xenophobia in recent years.
Kuma is disabled, suffering from congenital cerebral palsy, but despite living most of his life as a wheelchair user, he likes sex and so he became an activist for sex for the disabled. He meets Mitsu (Nana Seino), a prostitute who suffers from a personality disorder, and gradually starts opening his heart to her. Their ultimate love has the power to destroy social barriers and their own personal obstacles.
It started with a small school exercise book, checkered with the courageous testimonies of 300 Central African women, girls and men. They reveal what Congolese mercenaries did to them in the wake of armed conflict. They gathered together their testimonies in this book to record the crimes committed against them. This striking documentary bears witness to the collapse of order and civilisation in a country torn apart by civil war.
Stolen Innocence delves into a hidden world: the untold stories of millions of girls who disappear from their homes and are forced into a life of sex slavery. Without a choice, these girls are violently trafficked into the world’s largest sex ring. This documentary tackles the most pressing questions surrounding the hidden industry of sex trafficking. What is the force behind trafficking? What is driving the industry’s rapid growth? Why lawmakers are doing nothing to prevent it?