Poverty Theme to Trio of Home-grown Documentaries

Three films about poverty in Scotland, overseen by professional filmmakers and involving local, anti-poverty groups in the country, are to be screened at a festival taking place in Glasgow later this week.

The International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival is screening, on Friday, a number of films designed to raise awareness of poverty. And on the bill are three made in Scotland.

Filmmakers, Jane McInally and Neill Patton, worked with a group of young people from Kirkcaldy High School to produce a documentary about Templehall, an area of the town with relatively high levels of deprivation.

Meanwhile, Ann Vance worked with people from the Clydebank Independent Resource Centre to use poetry and song in their own film.

And finally, Chris Bowman worked with ‘The Damned Rebel Bitches’, described as 'a self-organised social history group of mature women based in Edinburgh', to – says a statement issued by the organisers – “set out to recover memories and accounts of poverty that haven’t made the history books”.

The films are being screened alongside films touching on issues of poverty from Poland and the USA, and each of the screenings will be following by panel discussions involving Sandra White MSP; Ewan Angus, commissioning editor at BBC Scotland; and filmmakers, Dagmara Drzazga and Nick Higgins.

The festival takes place in Glasgow between the 26th and the 31st. For more information, visit www.documentfilmfestival.org


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