We Are Many

It’s not every day we can say that a small gallery in Ashford is able to show a film as important as We Are Many. We are very proud to be screening Amir Amirani’s masterpiece for the launch of our independent film night this Wednesday (25th). Join us from 6.30pm for an intimate evening of film and review at The Creative Collective, 16 Park Mall.

Filmed across seven continents over a period of 9 years, We Are Many tells the true story of the people power movements now sweeping the world, from opposition to the Iraq War, to the Arab Spring and Syria.

We Are Many has been screening at festivals and cinemas around the world and is on the Oscar long list for best documentary. The film has just been showing in New York and Los Angeles with celebrities and critics queuing up to offer support including Russell Brand, Stephen Fry, Tim Robbins and Richard Branson. It’s had a profound effect on those who’ve seen it particularly those who took part in that historic march in February 2003 all around the globe.

With the events of the last few days, namely the attacks in Beirut and Paris, it is important for us to remember the unity and compassion shown by those who walked and supported. Although the outcome was unexpected, millions marching in the cold of London and other cities proved that people united are a force to be reckoned with. It is also important not to give up or lose hope. Humans, by nature, are peace loving and caring. We have proven this on occasion when adversity challenges communities and we all come together and find solutions, grieve together and fight for causes. On a much larger scale, We Are Many is proof that, when we come together, we do make change, even though it can seem otherwise.

Melody will now tell you more about the film and why you should come and see it.

I have known director Amir for many years. He first contacted me at ITN in 2010 when he was looking to source news footage of the antiwar marches in 2003. I marched against Blair and Bush’s war in Iraq and felt, like many of us, that it had made no difference at all. Amir’s film shows why that is not the case. In his own words: “Over the past 12 years, we have seen both the shockwaves of the protest and the devastation of the war, and we continue to live with them. But as, I hope, the film shows, we can also see that day in a new light, for the impact that was not, and could not have been, apparent to us then.”

The film has attracted many high profile supporters On 17 November, Tim Robbins, best known for his portrayal of Andy Dufresne in 1994’s The Shawshank Redemption, tweeted: “@WeAreManyMovie This is the most important film of 2015. It is about your power, your potential to create peace. Will you be able to see it?”

The UK launch in May saw the biggest ever social media thunderclap for a film as Russell Brand (9,755,147 followers), Stephen Fry (9,719,681 followers) and Sir Richard Branson (5,603,463 followers) helped the message “Join the march to cinemas and see the story of the biggest protest in history #WeAreMany” reach 37,400,689 people.

We Are Many executive producer and comedian, Omid Djalili, said: “Good films are about good stories, and boy do we have a story. We have widespread, mainstream support, it’s not just hippies, activists or emotionally unstable men like me.”

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I was lucky enough to be at the film’s premiere at Sheffield Docfest, the atmosphere was electric and as Caroline Frost from The Huffington Post put it, it was the only film she’s ever watched where the audience started clapping halfway through!

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Check out the trailer and see what other people have to say about the film: 1) Trailer  2) UK audience reactions 3) UK Premiere reactions and then come along on Wednesday and see for yourself.

Our Film nights will continue on the last Wednesday of every month but, occasionally, we will be screening films on other weekdays to make sure those who can’t always make Wednesdays also get to see a film.  So keep your eyes on our calendar, blogs and newsletters for more information and dates.

Thanks for reading.  The Team

 

A series of Creative Workshops for everyone

From January, The creative Collective will be running a number of four week creative writing workshops for anyone interested in telling stories in any form.

Samm Short

Samm Short is a writer, artist and mentor. A published academic and creative author, she helps fellow writers discover the stories inside them and gives them the tools to unleash them into the world.

From Sunday 10th January 2016, from for 4 weeks, Samm will be running a Guerrilla Poetry Workshop.

‘Poetry is for school children and academics’ ‘Poetry is too rigid’ ”Poetry is pretentious and confusing’ ‘You have to be clever to write poetry’ ….Sounds familiar?!

This 4 week course sets out to smash the barriers that prevent so many of us from playing with this liberating form of self-expression. We’ll find a way back to our primal desire for rhythm, rhyme and image, and see what happy mayhem we can create in the process, using words as our weapons.

From Tuesday 12th January for 4 weeks, join us for a Children’s Story Writing Workshop.

‘Sure it’s simple, writing for kids…just like it’s simple bringing them up.’ Ursula Le Guin’s ironic take on writing for children just makes us want to do it more.

Childhood magic, wonderment and insight – who wouldn’t want to write for children? On this course learn about narrative structure to hold your story together and explore the reasons why you want to write for children in the first place – and how a clear vision can help you produce the story you’ve dreamed of writing.

We will continue in the New Year with an Art and Writing Project and a Beginners Fiction Writing Project and will inform you of dates as soon as possible.

“A story is a garden you carry in your pocket”

 

Beginner’s Fiction Writing – A 4-week course to re-discover the well of inspiration you have inside and around you. Perfect for new writers or experienced writers feeling stuck in their work.

Learn how to court inspiration even in the unlikeliest of places, and get to grips with the basics of plot, structure, character development and point of view.

An activity-filled course including time to reflect on inspiring quotes and passages from other writers, guaranteed to give you a tonne of new material to work with and the tools to shape it into your very own dream-child.

‘It’s like learning to ride a bike; at first we’re banging our knees and scraping our shins, learning how to use these tools – sometimes a bit awkwardly at first – but in a week’s time we find they’ve crept their way into our writing without us even knowing it, and we’re better writers for it.’ David, June 2015 alumni

Remember we have a number of young artists with design and illustration skills who can then help make any book you write more interesting.  We’ve also asked a friend of ours who runs a self publishing business to come and talk to you about publishing your book without the restraints, complications and financial implications of using a publisher.  We’ll give you more details nearer the time.

Finally, if you’re a fan of poetry and film, you can join us on the second Wednesday of every month for our Poetry Jam Sessions and read or simply listen to poetry to give you some inspiration; or come and meet Directors and critics and watch an independent film with us on the last Wednesday of every month, bring your own drinks and the we will provide the popcorn and it will only cost you a fiver.  The first film we’re showing is Amir Amirani’s Oscar nominated We Are Many and you can find out more about it HERE.

For more information please contact us on 01233 421589 or email us HERE.