Near-final programme 2018 | Global Health Film

Saturday 08 December




Welcome, Gerri McHugh, Founder and Director, Global Health Film

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Albatross (2017)

Chris Jordan

(97 mins + Q&A)

A powerful visual journey into the heart of a gut-wrenching environmental tragedy. On one of the remotest islands on Earth, tens of thousands of albatross chicks lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic






Medical applications of immersive technologies

(75 mins)

This session brings together an international panel of pioneers using immersive technologies to connect with patients, teach surgery, treat PTSD, diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease and enable people on the autism spectrum to successfully deal with challenging situations.

Panel members include Professor Skip Rizzo, Director for Medical Virtual Reality, Institute for Creative Technologies, University of Southern California; Dr Shafi Ahmed, Consultant laparoscopic colorectal surgeon, Royal London Hospital; Eva Zita Patai, Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience, UCL 

Dispossession (2018)

Mathieu Roy

(81 mins + Q&A) 

UK premiere 

Farmers worldwide are being dispossessed of their land and pushed on the verge of social, economic, and cultural extinction




Medicine Man

Wellcome Collection guide

(30 mins)

A guided tour of a cross-section of extraordinary objects from Henry Wellcome's museum, ranging from diagnostic dolls to Japanese sex aids, and from Napoleon's toothbrush to George III's hair. It also provides a very different perspective on some of our own obsessions with medicine and health.




The Tyranny of Distance (2017)

Gabriel Diamond

(9 mins)

UK premiere

Fifteen years of civil war in Liberia has resulted in one of the world’s worst doctor shortages and cut off the country’s rural poor from basic healthcare. Community health workers trained and equipped by the non-profit Last Mile Health are working to deliver lifesaving health services to the 1.2 million Liberians living in the most remote reaches of the country.

Survivors (2018)

Arthur Pratt

(87 mins plus Q&A)

UK premiere

Survivors chronicles the remarkable stories of three Sierra Leoneans during what is now widely regarded as the most acute public health crisis of the modern era

Research in Focus: the role of video film in global health research

Jane Duckworth and Han Duijvendak

(90 mins)

There is a growing expectation that scientists should – alongside the traditional publication of detailed articles in peer-reviewed journals – present their research and its findings also in more widely accessible visual formats. Global health research is no exception. But how does an engaging video doc of a clinical research project come about in practice? What needs to be done during the course of the project cycle to make sure there is a useful film at the end of it? In this  interactive workshop we’ll look at these and other questions and, using clips and experiences from recent projects in Malawi, try and find some answers.

16:00 The Devil We Know (2018)

Stephanie Soechtig

(88 mins + Q&A)

UK premiere

Unraveling one of the biggest environmental scandals of our time, a group of citizens in West Virginia take on a powerful corporation after they discover it has knowingly been dumping a toxic chemical - now found in the blood of 99.7% of Americans - into the drinking water supply



Changing the Lens: Harnessing the Power of Social and Digital Media to Promote Social Justice

Kelly Amis

(90 mins)

Former teacher, education equality advocate and documentary filmmaker Kelly Amis presents her work using film to help further social justice aims and shares practical ways that every citizen can engage in transforming the world through digital and social media.  This workshop will include examples of short films and videos promoting social justice as well as a look at outreach and advocacy via social media, using cell phones and GoPro cameras for social justice advocacy, and the responsibilities of documentary filmmakers and citizen reporters 
 Living With Buildings

Wellcome Collection guide

(30 mins)

We’re surrounded by buildings all the time, but how do they affect our physical and mental health? Explore the role colour can play in making us feel better, see a pioneering mobile clinic designed to provide adaptable healthcare in emergency situations and examine the history and continuing reality of how we design for health

From Rags to Cups: giving refugee women a choice every month (2018)

Nancy Durrell McKenna

(8 mins)

World premiere

From Rags to Cups, filmed in Dzaleka Refugee Camp, Malawi, home to 37,000 refugees, explores the challenges that menstruation adds to the lives of women fleeing their war-torn communities with only rags to use.  The menstrual cup is a sustainable, hygienic, and environmentally friendly solution, providing women a dignified choice each month.  

Shanti Khana (2018) 

Lauren Anders Brown

 (27 mins) 

World premiere

Food. Sleep. Shelter. Recovery. All seem equally important, and for a Rohingya woman with a family, all are out of her control and it's overwhelming. This documentary follows a day in the life of one woman, Minara, as she navigates the world's largest refugee camp in Cox's Bazar in search for some normalcy and peace 

Amá (2018) 

Lorna Tucker 

(73 mins) 

World premiere 

One of America’s darkest secrets: the officially sponsored destruction of Native American families. Children removed from their homes, women sterilised without consent. Citizens ignored when they spoke up in protest. In Amá, those ignored voices join together in a chorus demanding attention


Lovesick (2017)

Ann S Kim

(75 mins + Q&A)

European premiere

Globally, 36 million people are HIV+. Thanks to access to affordable anti-retroviral medications, people living with HIV have a chance at a full life – including relationships.

In India, where marriage is a must but AIDS is unspeakable, how do you find love & marriage when you are HIV+?





Sunday 09 December



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09:45 Restoring Dignity. One Period At A Time (2018)

Frankie Fathers 

(12 mins) 

European premiere 

Shontel is 17 years old from Grenville, South Carolina. She is one of many girls and women around the world who struggle to afford sanitary products. Facing shame and humiliation, they often miss school and work. The Homeless Period Project provides menstrual products to those in need to end stigma and restore dignity to these girls and women 

No Greater Law (2018) 

Tom Dumican

(90 mins) 

In the rugged American west, a patriarch of a faith healing family fights to protect the right to deny his children medical care while an investigation into child deaths closes in on him and his church.

A Day at Secondary School for The Girl With The Curly Hair

Alis Rowe

(14 mins)

An animated story showing a typical day at school for the autistic character, The Girl With The Curly Hair

The Demon Disease (2018)

Lilith Kugler

(82 mins + Q&A)

UK premiere

In West Africa, traditional society has no space for people with mental illness and epilepsy. Demons are seen as cause for their diseases which are wrongly considered contagious. They live on the outskirts of the villages, in prayer centers, or wander around unnoticed, often chained or beaten. Pastor Tankpari Guitanga has decided to help these people and has founded the local aid organization Yenfaabima, whose revolutionary work is still just starting
My Amazing Brain: Richard's War (2018)

Fiona Lloyd-Davies 

(59 mins) 

What happens after a catastrophic stroke? This observational film, made over four years documents one man’s recovery from a brain haemorrhage. A unique insight into the physical, psychological and emotional process of relearning how to live after a severe brain injury. 

12:15 In the Fourth World

Sharon Daniel

(60 mins)

Media artist Sharon Daniel presents In the Fourth World, an interactive documentary in which the native people of the isolated Inupiaq whaling community of Kivalina, Alaska tell of their struggle against the forces of environmental racism, historical trauma, and socio-economic injustice

Holding Space (2018) 

Rebecca Kenyon 

(11 mins) 

An intimate observational documentary about death told through the eyes of an emerging and little known role: the end of life doula.  Their role mirrors that of a birth doula - only instead of supporting the arrival of new life, they are present as someone is actively dying

Evelyn (2018)

Orlando von Einsiedel

(97 mins + Q&A)

An intensely personal and moving take on the emotional impact of suicide within a family and a powerful account of the benefits of creating safe spaces for emotional communication
Participatory filmmaking as a tool for change

Dieter Deswarte and Rose Fraser

(90 mins)

Participatory filmmaking is a powerful tool for people to tell their stories; to explore and understand their own experiences and emotions and find ways to communicate these with others.   Using an in-depth look at a case study made by a group of people who have or who have had cancer this workshop will examine how this approach and working collaboratively with others who are undergoing similar experiences can have therapeutic benefits. The seminar will conclude with watching a short film.
13:30 Magic Medicine(2018)

Monty Wates

(78 mins + Q&A)

Can magic mushrooms cure depression? This intimate film is an absorbing portrait of the human cost of depression, and the inspirational people contributing to groundbreaking psychedelic research.




From traditional to immersive: lessons learned in the field from a documentary filmmaker making their first 360 film

Lauren Anders Brown

(90 mins) 

How does shooting an immersive film differ from the traditional shooting of a documentary? And why should anyone fund or embrace this format? This year, award-winning documentary filmmaker Lauren Anders Brown was given the opportunity to shoot her first immersive short documentary in the Philippines. Join her in this workshop to discuss the process from prep to post production, what she learned along the way, and why its a medium she’s not going to give up anytime soon 

Medicine Now

Wellcome Collection guide

(30 mins)

A guided tour of this exhibition of contemporary artists responding to major themes in medicine, including the body, genomes, obesity and living with medical science
14:45 How soap and sex make a difference: the MTV Shuga story 

Georgia Arnold, Founder MTV Foundation

(60 mins)

Provocative, sexy, educational – MTV Shuga is a multi-award winning campaign that empowers young people to make informed decisions about their sexual reproductive health and rights. By fusing gripping storylines with sexual health messaging, the tv (& radio, graphic novel, digital, social media & peer education) show has revolutionised the field of HIV prevention and reaches over 720 million households worldwide. But can media actually make a difference? Multiple studies have proven time and again that MTV Shuga inspires positive behaviour change among its viewers, and it is this change that is at the heart of the campaign. By meeting young people where they are - on their screens, on their phones, online, on radio, and in print – MTV Shuga provides the information and trusts in young people to make the difference.
Georgia Arnold, the Executive Producer of MTV Shuga will talk about MTV Shuga’s expansion and how it’s positively changing lives.
16:00 Art the Arms Fair (2017)

Joshua Donaldson

(5 mins)

In 2017 the world's largest arms fair came to London.Most people had no idea that it even existed. Art The Arms Fair was set up to spread awareness of the dodgy deals taking place in London, where artists donated art works from across the world and came together outside the arms fair to make new work. An exhibition was held and work was sold off raising over £200,000 for Campaign Against Arms Trade 7 Reprieve, with the event making headlines in mainstream media

War School (2018)

Mic Dixon

(85 mins + Q&A)

War School reveals the ways in which the British government and armed forces are using a series of coherent and targeted strategies to promote military values to the British public and entice its children into joining the forces



Waiting Patient (2018)

Kelly Amis

(6 mins)

World premiere

More people in the world now die from a lack of access to basic surgery than from all infectious diseases combined. But a hospital in rural Haiti is showing that access to surgical care can be provided in even the most remote corners of the planet

Burden of Genius (2018)

Tjardus Greidanus

(88 mins)

European premiere

In 1967, Dr. Thomas Starzl stunned the world with the first successful liver transplantation. Critics accused him of recklessness, even murder; to others it was the beginning of a revolution


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