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Andrea Luka Zimmerman Civil Rites Preview

Preview plus in conversation: Thursday 7 December 17:30 - 19:15

Tyneside Cinema is proud to present our new film commission from 2017 Artist in Residence Andrea Luka Zimmerman, made in Newcastle with local residents.

Taking as a starting point Martin Luther King’s 1967 speech, given on receipt of his honorary doctorate, from the University of Newcastle, Civil Rites explores how the core themes of poverty, racism and war continue to haunt our lives.

It listens to the voices of Newcastle citizens as they think through their responses to these themes, and locates these voices in dialogue with key sites of resistance from across the Tyneside region and across the centuries. It seeks to learn what has changed (or not) in the lives of people in Newcastle today.

Each location in Civil Rites is filmed in a single fixed shot, and the whole sequence moves from dawn to dusk across the city. Each image takes in the found life of the location at a particular moment, without staging or planned intervention. Accompanying alternate images are edited responses from more than two dozen interviews conducted with older and recently arrived residents, housed and un-housed, community organisers, passers-by, educators and others.

The preview on Thursday 7 December will feature an in conversation event with artist Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Chandi Chopra, Pat Garrett, Rosie Lewis, Gailen Manuel, Roweena Russell and Paul Barry, with Chair Theresa Easton.

Speaker Biographies 

Theresa Easton has been a council tenant in Newcastle for 17 years and helped form Millfield Tenants and Residents Association in Newburn. 

Theresa has been an active campaigner with the North East Peoples Assembly, a broad united campaign group, against austerity. Theresa is a trade union member and one of the founders of Artists’ Union England, a trade union for visual, applied and, socially engaged artists.

Easton works as a printmaker & bookmaker in the Ouseburn Valley.  She is currently working on a commission with Senate House Library, University London, “Queer between the covers: literature as a frame and filter of gay identities”. 

Chandni Chopra is criminal defence and family law solicitor who is a firm advocate of human rights, rights of refugees and anti-public sector cuts.

Chandni is a longstanding member of Newcastle’s Palestinian Solidarity campaign, a group called north east Solidarity with Rohingya refugees and currently works for a charity called antisocialbehaviour.org supporting victims of crime and hate crime.

Pat Garrett a retired psychotherapist who is currently the north east coordinator for the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO), one of the lead UK organisations in a European funded project to use human rights as the focus for Esol training in Sweden Germany, Greece. Portugal and the U.K.

Pat is also currently on the board of trustees at The Angelou Black Women's Centre in the west end of Newcastle with a primary role around supporting the counselling service.

Rosie Lewis co-ordinates the Violence Against Women and Girls Services and is Deputy Director is Deputy Director of the Angelou Centre, a black and minority women’s centre based in Newcastle. Rosie has an extensive background in advocacy work with women seeking asylum and vulnerable children and young people having worked in both strategic and frontline roles in the domestic abuse sector. Rosie is also an experienced fundraiser and has been involved in social justice and feminist activism for over 20 years.

Rosie is currently working toward her PhD at Durham University, researching feminist black and working class lesbian U.S. literature from the late Twentieth Century and developing her theoretical work around Biomythography.

Gailen Manuel is a freelance photographer who also works for the Side Gallery as well as teaching part time free adult courses in photography.

Gailen used to be a squatter during the 80s in London and has been on many demonstrations, actively encouraging others to use their voice in the hope of helping the world to change for the better. Gailen has worked in music and photography and at Tyneside Cinema.

Roweena Russell grew up in a working class family in the south of Ireland. She began activism in the HIV/AIDS, drug and alcohol field in Dublin in 1995. She continues to work in this field today. In 1999 Roweena joined the board of the International Lesbian Gay Bisexual Youth and Student Organisation (IGLYO). She chaired the organisation from 2000 - 2002. Roweena studied sociology and social police at Trinity College Dublin. Roweena enjoys photographer, radio broadcasting and working with groups to understand how creativity as an activist tool can change communities.

Paul Barry was born Paul Najid Al Rahman Barry to an English mother and Indian father.

Paul held many positions working for the Home Office, regional arts councils and regional councils over the 70s and 80s, before becoming a Labour Councillor for Chesterfield from 1987-2003, eventually becoming Mayor from 2002-2003.

Paul also played lead guitar in Electric Silver Dancer, bass guitar for Steam Coffin and lead guitar for Axis 1971-81. He also danced in contemporary ballet at Morden Tower and established Fairkytes Contemporary Dance Unit.

Find out more about our Artist in Residence, Andrea Luka Zimmerman right here.

Event Information

BBFC Advice: TBC

Director(s): Andrea Luka Zimmerman

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