Beyond Boundaries Success Stories

Beyond Boundaries is our rolling fund to support people from diverse backgrounds make their ideas reality – supported by the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery. Whether it’s special screenings in major cities or community events that bring a town together, take a look at the amazing work of our members below…

Getting Together Through Film, Trowbridge

We are thrilled to be supporting Lorena Pino to curate ‘Getting Together Through Films’, a community cinema project that aims to build a bridge between people from around the world who live in the area, using film as a resource for a better mutual understanding.

Lorena has already delivered two brilliant events as part of this strand. On the 6th September, Town Hall Arts was packed to full capacity for a special event for #BlackHistoryMonth and a brilliant tribute to the legacy of the Windrush Generation 70 years after the first wave of the Caribbean migration to the UK. 90 people came to enjoy delicious Caribbean food, dancing with live music and a screening of Horace Ové’s 1975 film, Pressure.

Lorena’s second screening in the season, Britain on Film: South Asian Britain, brought an audience of 50  for home-made traditional refreshments from India and Pakistan and a fascinating screening, this was a unifying and eye-opening night for the community.

Take a look at the pictures from this event here, plus be sure to catch the next one on Sat 19 Jan at 2pm with Gaza Surf Club (2016). This will be accompanied by a short film by local director Samiha Abdeldjebar in partnership with Bradford On Avon Friends of Palestine.

Queen of Katwe, Bristol

A big shout out and congratulations to African Voices Forum (AVF)’s Sauda Kyalambuka and everyone involved in recently putting on a packed screening of Queen of Katwe at the Malcolm X Community Centre, with partners Come the Revolution, Into Film, Bristol is the New Black and Watershed.

This was an uplifting get together to watch the beautifully shot, true story of a young Phiona’s struggle to escape the poverty of Kampala’s Katwe district using her talent for Chess. It’s a classic Disney film tinged with surprising realism, and with free popcorn and the opportunity to suggest ideas for future screenings and the potential for a new film club in St. Pauls, this was a great community event.

If you’re feeling inspired by these stories, and have a new idea for an audience-facing cinema project, then follow the link to learn more about Beyond Boundaries.

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