Centre for African Studies (LUCAS)

General enquiries

Leeds University Centre for African Studies
c/o POLIS,
Social Sciences Building,
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT

Tel: 0113 343 5069
african-studies@leeds.ac.uk

LUCAS Schools Project coordinator

Richard Borowski
R.Borowski@leeds.ac.uk

The Land Beneath Our Feet – Film showing 11 November / workshop 12 November

Friday/Saturday 11/12 November

This coming month, the ENHANCE ITN Environmental Humanities Training Network will be curating several films at the Leeds International Film Festival. One of these films is The Land Beneath Our Feet, a new documentary about governmental and corporate land grabs set in Liberia. The film’s world premiere will take place at 5pm on Friday, 11 November in the University’s Taylor Cinema. After the film, co-directors Gregg Mitman and Sarita Siegel will be lead a Q&A session.

This powerful documentary weaves together rare archival footage from a 1926 Harvard expedition to Liberia with a young man’s quest to understand why 25% of his country’s land has been granted to multinational corporations for agricultural, mining and logging concessions. An explosive investigation of how large-scale land grabs transform livelihoods across the world. Followed by Directors Q&A and linked to a one-day environmental filmmaking workshop. The Phil Taylor Cinema is located in Clothworkers North Building just behind the Parkinson Building on the University of Leeds campus. Sponsored by the ENHANCE ITN.

The following day (Saturday), Gregg and Sarita will be holding a small workshop focusing on environmental filmmaking. Together, they will be speaking about a number of the practical, financial and commercial challenges in making films linked to academic research projects on the environment. The workshop will also consist of a pitching session, where anyone with a film project (however nascent) in mind will be able to present their ideas and receive feedback and constructive criticism from the workshop leaders. This event will be held in the Alumni Room in the School of English from 10am – 4pm.

Both events are being offered free of charge, but we ask that interested participants please sign up online to reserve a space ahead of time at:

http://www.leedsfilm.com/films/the-land-beneath-our-feet-at-the-university-of-leeds (film screening)
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/workshop-in-environmental-filmmaking-tickets-28815572152 (filmmaking workshop)

 

With kind regards,

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