Leicester Human Rights Arts and Film Festival

When
Monday, 10th December 2018

Where

Leicester, UK

The 5th annual Leicester Human Rights Arts and Film Festival opens with "Human Rights Without Borders", an event that brings together a number of groups that have "___ without Borders" as part of their name or groups that share the "without Borders" ethos. 

As part of the event, each of the groups represented will give a presentation around the work they are doing, what they reckon are the most pressing issues at home and abroad, and what ought to be done about the issues.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Leicester Human Rights Arts and Film Festival runs from 4 December through to 10 December every year. 

The Festival aims to explore human rights issues through a series of events that are free and open to all and which include panel events, film, music and art. The Festival aims to give people a platform through which to engage with human rights issues at home and abroad.

The Festival also aims to draw attention to International Human Rights Day which is celebrated annually, around the world, on December 10.

__ WITHOUT BORDERS

In the United Kingdom and beyond, there are a number of groups that have "___ without Borders" in their name or which share the "without Borders" ethos. These groups include:
- Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
- Bards Without Borders 
- Architects Without Borders 
- Teachers Without Borders
- Music without Borders
- Schools Against Borders for Children 
- Engineers Without Borders UK 
- Clowns Without Borders, UK 
- Sociologists without Borders
- Reporters sans frontières / Reporters Without Borders / RSF
- Metal without Borders, and
- De Montfort University Leicester (DMU)'s Love International, among others.

Some of these groups will be represented at Human Rights Without Borders. 

The 2018 Programme

Human Rights without Borders

Tues., 4 Dec. 2018    
6.30pm – 9.00pm
Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 2, Ken Edwards Bld, University of Leicester

What are the most pressing issues at home and abroad? What is being done or what can be done about issues?

Speakers:

● Nerissa Fields and Brendan Grimley, Metal without Border 
● Hamdi Khalif and Laila Sumpton, Bards without Borders
● Mathew Hulbert, Leicester LGBT Centre
● George Lewis, Journey to Justice Leicester
● Katie Fallon, Reporters without Borders

Chair: Foteini Panagiotopoulou, PhD candidate, School of History, Politics and International Relations, University of Leicester

Co-organised by CivicLeicester, Leicester University of Sanctuary and the School of History, Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester


Exploring multilingual Leicester

Wed., 5 Dec. 2018    
2.00pm – 4.00pm
Physics LTD, Physics Building, University of Leicester

Which languages are spoken in Leicester? How do people feel about their multilingual background? Do parents feel it is easy to raise their children with two languages or more? Do they feel it is important to have access to heritage languages in schools? How do schools deal with students’ linguistic diversity? These are some of the questions Exploring multilingual Leicester will try to answer.

Speakers:

● Martín Agnone, Coordinator of Languages at Leicester programme 
● Haseeb Ahmad, Equality and Diversity Lead, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
● Marina Charalampidi, Head of the Greek Supplementary School in Leicester

Co-organised by the School of Arts and the Unit for Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement (DICE)


Oksijan: Film Screening + Panel Discussion and Q&A

Wed., 5 Dec. 2018    
6.30pm – 9.00pm
Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 3, Ken Edwards Bld., University of Leicester

Leicester City Football Club had just won the English Premier League Championship when Ahmad, who was 7-years-old, saved the lives of the 15 people in Leicester Forest East. Oksijan (dir., Edward Watts, 2017) tells the story of what happened.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session with:

● film producers, Caroline Lawrence and Beatrice Warren,
● one of the people on whose experiences the film is based,
● one or more people from the MEENA Centre in Birmingham (which grew from The ‘Unofficial’ Women and Children’s Centre in Calais) who have been supporting the young people whose experiences inspired the film, and
● University of Leicester lecturer in Media and Communication, Dr Maria Rovisco.

Chair: Dafni Mangalousi, PhD candidate, School of Media, Communication and Sociology at the University of Leicester

Co-organised by CivicLeicester, the Unit for Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement (DICE), and the Leicester Migration Network


Diversity and The City II

Thurs., 6 Dec. 2018     
6.30pm – 9.00pm
Westcotes Library, 35-45 Narborough Rd, Leicester

Leicester is celebrated for its diversity and multiculturalism, and asks, But, what does this mean in real terms? What do the demographics say about poverty, (in)equality, access (or barriers) to services, (un)employment, opportunities (or the lack of opportunities), the criminal justice system and other systems in Leicester?

Speakers:

● Paula Serafini, CAMEo
● Mpazi Siame, Leicester Fire and Rescue Service
● Camille London-Miyo, Leicester National Education Union
● Chris Hall, De Montfort University
● Monica Hingorani and Ruth Rigby, Leicester Aging Together
● Karyn Aviani, cakemaker and owner of Chocoholic.

Chair: Dr Katy Bennett, Associate Professor in Human Geography, University of Leicester

Co-organised by CivicLeicester and the Unit for Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement (DICE)


Fri., 7 Dec. 2018

Online

Watch:
● Pronouns by ContraPoints

Read:
● Andrew Marantz, Persons of Interest: “The Stylish Socialist Who Is Trying to Save YouTube from Alt-Right Domination“, The New Yorker, 19 November 2018
● Joe Morgan, “Beheaded, gunned down and stoned to death: 369 trans people killed this year“, Gay Star News, 19 November 2018


Music without Borders 2018

Sat., 8 Dec. 2018    
5.00pm till late
Firebug, 1 Millstone Lane, Leicester

Music without Borders 2018 will feature:
● the launch of Write to Be Counted (The Book Mill, 2017), a poetry anthology that is being sold to raise funds for English PEN Writers at Risk; and
● music from artists who include: Paris Alexander, David Mottram, Sheila Mosley, Kenny Wilson, Les Eastham / Dust & Debris, Sweetbellechobaby, Autumn Dawn Leader, and more.

Music without Borders is open to all and will be accepting donations that will go to LE Solidarity; the MEENA Centre; and Leicester Friends of Bethlehem.


The Leicester Secular Society annual Human Rights lecture

Sun., 9 Dec. 2018    
6.30pm – 9.00pm
Secular Hall, 75 Humberstone Gate, Leicester

AI & Human Rights

Dr Athina Karatzogianni, Associate Professor in Media and Communication, University of Leicester, gives the 2018 Leicester Secular Society annual Human Rights lecture.

Dr Karatzogianni will be talking about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its implications and effect on human rights.

Organised by the Leicester Secular Society as part of the Leicester Human Rights Arts and Film Festival


Refugees, Asylum Seekers & Access to Education

Mon., 10 Dec. 2018    
6.30pm – 9.00pm
Secular Hall, 75 Humberstone Gate, Leicester

What barriers do people who are looking for refuge experience when they try to access higher education? What is being done, or what ought to be done, to remove the barriers, and why?

Speakers:

● Alison Birch, After18,
● Sarah Seaton, Leicester and District Trades Union Council,
● Mark Clayton, De Montfort University Leicester (DMU),
● Phil Horspool, Leicester University of Sanctuary
● Colleen Molloy, City of Sanctuary
● Christopher Smart, Student Action for Refugees (STAR), and
● Gabi Witthaus, an open educator, researcher and learning design consultant.

There will also be a discussion among panelists and a Q&A session with all present.

Chair: Dr Maddalena Tacchetti, Research Associate, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham


See also:

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