BAFTA-winning director Ken Loach to kick off human rights festival at Oxford Brookes

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

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Director Ken Loach, who won a British Academy Film Award (BAFTA) earlier this month (12 February) for Outstanding British Film will launch the Oxford Human Rights Festival next month.

The annual Oxford Human Rights Festival is in its 15th year and has become a significant event at the University.

Ken Loach will be visiting Oxford Brookes to launch the festival with a screening of his hard-hitting film I, Daniel Blake which in addition to picking up a BAFTA also won the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and won the Audience Award at both the Locarno International Film Festival and the San Sebastián International Film Festival last year.

He will introduce the film and also take part in an audience Q&A session. The event takes place on Tuesday 14 March from 6.00pm – 9.00pm in the John Henry Brookes Lecture Theatre, Headington Campus.

Ken Loach

Paul Inman, Pro Vice-Chancellor said: “We are very excited to welcome Ken Loach to Oxford Brookes University to kick off the Oxford Human Rights Festival.

"The festival is renowned for tackling key social and political issues both in the UK and worldwide. This year it grapples with the very real challenges facing society regarding refugees and homelessness. Ken Loach is a prominentfigure, well-known for raising awareness of such issues in his work as well as fighting for social justice, so we are honoured to have his support.””

Ken Loach is a prominent figure, well-known for raising awareness of such issues in his work as well as fighting for social justice, so we are honoured to have his support.

Paul Inman, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University

The Oxford Human Rights Festival will take place from Tuesday 14 Saturday to 18 March at the University’s Headington campus.

Free and open to everyone, the festival is this year organised by students from the MA Development and Emergency Practice and MArchD Architectural Design courses, along with students from Film Studies, International Relations and Marketing Management undergraduate courses.

Highlights will include:

Glass Tank Exhibition ‘HOME’ 27 February – 24 March
This exhibition is the centrepiece of the Oxford Human Rights Festival and features work exploring home and forced migration and displacement in the UK and beyond. There will be a real emergency shelter provided by humanitarian organisation ShelterBox and also photographs by Sea of Humanity who have worked in Europe with refugees and now run the incredible Khora project in Athens, Greece.

Screening of Queens of Syria (2014)16 March
The festival's annual screening in partnership with the Oxford Brookes Documentary Club, which will include a Q&A with producer Georgina Paget.

Screening of the film Hector (2015) 18 March
This will round off the festival and tells the heart-breaking and inspiring story of a homeless man's journey to reconnect with his family. There will be a Q&A with director Jake Gavin.

Harry Tuke, an MArchD student and member of the 2017 festival committee said: "I got involved with the Human Rights Festival as I was interested to see how film and arts could be used to communicate important issues to the Oxford community.

"The theme ‘Home’ is particularly relevant now looking at homelessness, the refugee crisis and housing crisis that are such huge issues right now. Equally it was a very interesting question of what is ‘Home’ and the right to a home, especially as I’m studying architecture and Social/Humanitarian studies.”

More information about the festival and the full programme of events can be found at You can also visit the Facebook page.

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