Daring documentaries to shake things up at Where Are We Now? festival

Hull Independent Cinema is partnering with Hull 2017 to bring a collection of thought-provoking documentary films to the city in the lead up to Where Are We Now?, a festival focusing on the issues we face during these times of political upheaval and uncertainty.

Led by artistic collective Neu! Reekie!, the festival will take place from 2-4 June, featuring a diverse programme of music, spoken word, visual art, DJ sets, workshops and film, all devised to ruffle feathers and challenge our mindsets.

This partnership with Hull Independent Cinema will see three documentaries screened across two different venues – Hull Truck Theatre and Kardomah 94 – towards the end of the month.

The screenings include political comedy Where to Invade Next (21 May), explicit British drama Chemsex (27 May) and the Oscar nominated film I Am Not Your Negro (16 May), narrated by Samuel L. Jackson.

Providing up-to-the-minute coverage of the #BlackLivesMatter movement and exploring the race divide in America, I Am Not Your Negro is particularly relevant in 2017. A discussion on the wider context of the film in relation to the Civil Rights Movement and black representation in America will be held as part of the evening with editor of Gal-Dem, Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff, and co-founding editor of the James Baldwin Review, Douglas Field.

James Russell, Head of Trustees at Hull Independent Cinema, said: “Documentaries play a huge part in society’s understanding of the wider world. This collection goes a long way to delivering a global agenda to local audiences, and carries a really diverse set of themes perfect for the Where Are We Now? festival.”

Sam Hunt, Executive Producer at Hull 2017, said: “Where Are We Now? is a fantastic illustration of what Hull 2017 is all about. We don’t want people to simply attend events this year, we want them to be excited, challenged and inspired by what they see and experience too.

“The films that Hull Independent Cinema are screening will provide a unique contribution to a festival, which is asking searching questions at a significant time for all of us. Each documentary is completely different, which should appeal to different audiences, whether the themes are familiar to them or throw up new ideas to think about.”

Launching just a week before we take to the voting booths for our general election, we can’t wait for this one-of-a-kind festival to take over the city.

Where Are We Now? takes place from 2-4 June. Tickets are available now.