Buddleia: The Unchained Story – Tracy Kiryango (documentary)
On 9 Feb 2009, Brenda Birungi was sentenced to prison. She was arrested for protecting her sister, who was attacked by two women in a nightclub. During her time in prison, she fell in love with poetry; the creative arts was her saviour, and helped reinstate her faith in God after her unjust sentencing.

Soon after her release, she immersed herself in poetry workshops, social work, and helping young people who are facing problems within the criminal justice system, and started her own poetry event called ‘Unchained Nights’, where ex-convicts can share their stories. Brenda later went on to do a TED Talk, and became a radio host for a show called ‘Free Flower’ on National Prison Radio.

This documentary explores the positive impact ex-convicts can have on society when provided with the right support and guidance upon their release.

Don’t Play with L(kn)ives – Omari ‘Motion’ Carter (short)
An original hip hop Screendance piece that explores knife crime in the UK, bringing together some of the UK’s finest hip hop dancers, a live violinist & a spoken word artist. Dont Play with L(kn)ives shines a light on this taboo aspect of British culture by sharing untold stories to deliver a poignant message to young people.

Fluorescent Adolescent – Charlie Sharp (short)
In the midst of the AIDs epidemic, Brittany is trapped in her dull life. She is emerging into a world she feels invalidates her identity, and her only confidant is the voice in her head. That is until she meets Faras, who she forms a companionship with and discovers that life can be vibrant.

This screening will be followed by a Q&A.

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