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We live in very troubled times. These movies from the A Dirty World strand deal with issues created by ignorance and greed. Each are compelling stories of the stuggles of individuals against a wide range of social injustices. But in each case there is the climmer of hope.

Watch these gripping stories. In most cases the filmmakers are attending in person. And often they are still crowdfunding to amplify their inspiring messages.

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Everybody Flies

World Premiere Country: UK
Director Tristan Loraine, Beth Moran
Tue 24 Sept 6:45pm Wed 25 Sept 1:45pm
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/everybody-flies-special-gala-tickets-69416583871

 

Based on 18 years of research, former airline captain Tristan Loraine exposes global collusion within the aviation industry. Detailing the facts about the air you breathe on aircraft and the potential health and flight safety risks, Everybody Flies reveals what airlines have known for decades, but have never told passengers. World premiere.

Kifaru

UK Premiere Country: USA
Director: David Hambridge
Documentary in Competition
Sat 28 Sept 8:45pm Sun 29 Sept 3pm
Tickets HERE: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kifaru-tickets-69443199479

Two young Kenyan wildlife rangers are tasked with caring for Sudan – the last male northern white rhino in the world. Filmed over four years, James and JoJo offer an intimate portrait of complexities both seen and felt, as they watch Sudan teeter on the edge of extinction.

Losing Alaska

UK Premiere Country: Ireland/USA
Director Tom Burke
Sun 22 Sept 6:15pm Tue 24 Sept 1:15pm
Tickets HERE: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/losing-alaska-tickets-69437753189

The story of a small Alaskan community dealing with a slow-moving disaster. The land is dropping away on all sides, and the river grows stronger every year. They are losing up to 50ft of land per year and by 2019 even the highest building in town could be flooded.

Mossville: When Great Trees Fall

European premiere Country: USA
Director: Alexander John Glustrom
Fri 27 Sept 6:15pm Sat 28 Sept 1pm
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mossville-when-great-trees-fall-qa-with-katie-matthews-and-imani-brown-tickets-69422030161

After their community is contaminated and uprooted by petrochemical plants, a centuries-old black American community comes to terms with the loss of its ancestral home. But one man who stands in the way of a plant’s expansion refuses to give up.

On the Wild Side

UK premiere Country: Italy
Director: Giacomo Giorgi
Thu 19 Sept 6pm Fri 20 Sept 1pm
Tickets HERE: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/on-the-wild-side-qa-w-giacomo-giorgi-tickets-69403336247

A documentary about movements worldwide against hunting and poaching. The film examines the ethics that push individuals to reject these forms of unnecessary violence, and how this reflects on society in times of climate change and the exploitation of animals, the earth, and people.

Thirst for Justice

European premiere / In competition Country: USA
Director: Leana Hosea
Fri 20 Sept 6:45pm Sun 22 Sept 1:30pm
Tickets HERE: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/thirst-for-justice-tickets-69744015227

American may appear to be a democracy which guarantees freedom of speech and basic rights, but at its heart lies a great injustice. Against the odds, several extraordinary citizens band together to fight for their basic right to clean water – from Flint to the Navajo Nation, via Standing Rock.

Toxic Beauty

International premiere Country: Canada
Directed by: Phyllis Ellis
Sat 21 Sept 6:15pm Mon 23 Sept 1:30pm
Tickets HERE: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/toxic-beauty-qa-with-director-phyllis-ellis-tickets-69404712363

Following a class-action lawsuit against pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson, Toxic Beauty shines a light on the harm caused by beauty products. This exposé features exclusive access to scientists, lawyers, advocates, regulators, politicians, a dynamic whistleblower, survivors, and women who have lost their lives.

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About 

Photo Credit Jay Brooks / BIFA 2015

Elliot Grove is the founder of Raindance Film Festival and the British Independent Film Awards. He has produced over 700 hundred short films and also five feature films, including the multi-award-winning The Living and the Dead in 2006, Deadly Virtues in 2013 and AMBER in 2017. He teaches screenwriting and producing in the UK, Europe, Asia and America.

Raindance trailer 2017

Elliot has written three books which have become industry standards: Raindance Writers’ Lab: Write + Sell the Hot Screenplay, now in its second edition, Raindance Producers’ Lab: Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking and Beginning Filmmaking: 100 Easy Steps from Script to Screen (Professional Media Practice).

In 2009 he was awarded a PhD for services to film education.

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