Tyneside Cinema marks 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s visit to Newcastle

Rise Up: Ending Racism, Poverty & War
Thursday 2 – Sunday 5 November 2017

This November, Tyneside Cinema present Rise Up: Ending Racism, Poverty & War, a special programme of visual art, film and events as part of Freedom City, the city-wide programme across Newcastle and Gateshead marking the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. receiving an honorary degree from Newcastle University.

Each day, the programme is dedicated to one of the three evils facing society that Dr King spoke of in his acceptance speech; racism, poverty and war.

Rise Up opens on Thursday 2 November by welcoming groups of academics and communities in the north east to think through alternatives to post-liberal society austerity that addresses the core themes of Dr King’s speech: Racism, Poverty and War.

The opening events will include a free preview of Marcos Ávila Forero’s ‘Un pechiche para Benkos (2016)’, which is based on Latin America’s colonisation and the history of slavery. There will also be a free screening of the BBC documentary A King’s Speech – Martin Luther King on Tyneside, with an introduction from Professor Mark Shucksmith, Director, Newcastle University Institute for Social Renewal, and Dr Philip McGowan, Director of Newcastle University Institute for Sustainability. The film will be followed by a talk from Professor Brian Ward, Northumbria University’s Professor in American Studies, and a screening of the BBC Documentary A Kings Speech – Martin Luther King on Tyneside.

Rise Up continues throughout the weekend with screenings of Horace Ové’s debut film ‘Baldwin’s Nigger’, George Amponsah’s ‘The Hard Stop’, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Hanna Polak’s ‘Something Better To Come’ and Ziad Kalthoum’s ‘Taste of Cement’. Each screening will also feature a selection of films inspired by King’s speech made by graduates of Northern Stars Documentary Academy, Tyneside Cinema’s young person’s filmmaking academy for 15-18 years olds living in the north east.

There will also be a panel discussion looking at poverty, vulnerability and modern exploitation with filmmaker Proferssor Sugata Mitra (Newcastle University), Dr Rachel Williams (Hull University) and Rosie Lewis, Deputy Director, The Angelou Centre.

The programme will come to a close on Sunday 5 November with a panel discussion on how we prevent and mitigate acts of war that take place at a local, national and international level, with speakers Ziad Kalthoum, Nelly Stavropoulou, and Dr Craig Jones (Newcastle University).

Rise Up: Ending Racism, Poverty & War takes place at Tyneside Cinema from Thursday 2 – Sunday 5 November 2017. Tickets start from £1 and are available from www.tynesidecinema.co.uk/rise-up, by calling 0191 227 5500 or in person at the Tyneside Cinema box office.

Rise Up: Ending Racism, Poverty & War is curated by Una Henry.

Tyneside Cinema, 10 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6QG