Film director Sarah Gavron to kick off the Oxford Human Rights Festival

Monday, 08 February 2016

Suffragette film

The director of the 2015 British film Suffragette will be visiting Oxford Brookes this Wednesday (10 February) to show her film as part of the Oxford Human Rights Festival.

Featuring an all-star cast including Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter and Carey Mulligan the epic film tells the story of ordinary working women of the early 20th century feminist movement. Having seen peaceful protest achieve nothing they were radicalised and turned to violence as the only route to change, willing to lose everything in their fight for equality - their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives. 

I am delighted that Suffragette is opening the Oxford Human Rights Festival. We made the film wanting the story to feel resonant with ongoing issues of global inequality today. Showing it at this festival feels so fitting. I am excited that I am attending.

Sarah Gavron

BAFTA-nominated director Sarah Gavron, who picked up the Courage in Filmmaking Award at the Women Film Critics Circle Awards last year, will be introducing Suffragette at the University. Such is it's popularity that the event has now sold-out.

She said: “I am delighted that Suffragette is opening the Oxford Human Rights Festival. We made the film wanting the story to feel resonant with ongoing issues of global inequality today. Showing it at this festival feels so fitting. I am excited that I am attending."

The Oxford Human Rights Festival is in its 14th year and is an annual event at Oxford Brookes designed to highlight a diverse range of issues impacting the UK and the world.

Led by students from the University’s Development and Emergency Practice and Applied Architectural Design Masters programmes as well as BA Film Studies, it features a selection of films, animation, drama, music, talks and workshops.

Synne Akselberg, third year Film Studies and History student involved in the festival said: "As a film student, and a huge fan of the film Suffragette, I am very excited to get the opportunity to meet Sarah Gavron and to hopefully learn something more about how this film with such an important and forgotten part of history was created."  

Sarah Gavron will also be in conversation on the evening with Dr Sumita Mukherjee from Kings College London, currently working on a project on Indian suffragettes funded by the Art and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and Dr Katherine Bradley, a lecturer from the Open University who has written and lectured extensively on the struggle for women’s suffrage.

The Oxford Human Rights Festival is free and open to everyone with all events taking place at the University’s Headington Campus. More information about the festival and a full programme of all the events can be found on the website www.oxfordhumanrightsfestival.net. Booking is essential for some events.  

Read student Maria Assaf’s University Life article in the Oxford Mail on the importance of the festival in raising awareness.    

Keep up with what’s happening during the festival via Twitter @OxHRF and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OxfordHumanRightsFestival/.