Friday 23 September 2011

MA in War, Culture and History films at IWMN

Dear Colleagues-

please let me know if you and any guests would like to attend the screening of documentary films produced by our postgraduates from the MA in War, Culture and History.

The films will be projected onto the interior walls of the Imperial War Museum North (IWMN), 6-8pm,

kindly introduced by Professor Bertrand Taithe and Professor Jeremy Gregory, Head of SAHC.

Please encourage your postgraduate and any Level 3 students to attend - they just have to provide me their names to me.

The films are as follows:

Section 44k, directed by Sophie Wing, Kyle Alexander, Kathryn Butler:
Explores the effects of anti-terror legislation on young British Muslims, including the enhanced police powers of ‘stop and search’ and its relationship to rising Islamophobia in Britain. The film projects views of four young adults in Manchester and London and asks if the legislation threatens to the liberties of the wider population. The film also demonstrates the and wide-ranging use random application of the law, when one of its director's was held without charge under the very legislation the film explores.

On the Threshold, directed by Akram Safardi and Sebhatin Cebe
Two immigrants settle in Manchester – one from Jerusalem, the other Syria. They tell their story of life in Manchester, of longing for another place, of living on the threshold of the past and the present, while making the adjustment to a new city.

Harry's War, directed by Director: Daniel Harrison, with assistance from Ben Knowles
Harry Fackerly is a collector of all things militaria. As a young farmer in Lancashire, he wasn't allowed to join up and go off to fight in the Second World War, something he deeply regretted for the rest of his life. This film explores his reflections on the past through the lens of nostalgia, memory and one man’s passion for collecting war memorabilia.

Scottish Soldiers, directed by Rachel Kennedy and Emma Harrold
A unique insight into the memories of two soldiers, now in their 90s, who joined the Lothian Borders during the Second World War – one became a prisoner of war in Bavaria – the other brought POWs to Liverpool.

Machine Gunners, directed by Katherine Reed
The story of how acclaimed children’s writer Robert Westall came to write his first book based on his childhood memories of World War II. The result was the classic wartime story The Machine Gunners which features in the current IWM exhibition Once Upon a Wartime

The People's Taxis. From East to West, directed by Florian Pauls, Lee Dixon, Antrea Papaioannou
About  the ‘people's taxis’ in Belfast during the Troubles, a service offered from both sides of the conflict, and their change from offering a community service to a tourist attraction after the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.

Dr Ana Carden-Coyne
Senior Lecturer in War and Conflict Studies
Centre for the Cultural History of War
School of Arts, Histories and Cultures
University of Manchester, M13 9PL, UK
+44 161 2753094

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