Leeds Beckett academics using film as protest
20 March 2017 - Sarah Cardwell
A new urban research project is aiming to show how protest can be expressed through creative means instead of by demonstrations and marches in the street.
A team of academics from Leeds Beckett University, the ‘disrUPt! project’, have been examining how protests and protest events have shaped the history and animated the urban spaces of Leeds. Now they are using films as a way of connecting with people.
Dr Ian Lamond, lead academic and Senior Lecturer in the School of Events, Tourism, Hospitality and Languages, explained: “We have worked closely with a number of organisations, arts groups and activists to devise a programme that we hope will generate dialogue with the general public.
“Protest is more like a part of the blood stream that tries to remove toxins from the body – politic, and is less about the structure of physical space. Projects such as the Armley-based Real Junk Food Project and the collection points for the Yorkshire Food Aid Network have a presence in physical space, so there is also a physical as well as an ethical, social and cultural presence.”
The penultimate film in the series, supported by Film Fringe, ‘Just East It’, will be screened next week. It is a glimpse into the food we waste every single day. The award-winning film follows filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant as they look into the issue of food waste from the farm, through retail and all the way back to their own fridge. After seeing the waste, they vow to survive only on food that has been discarded.
The film screening will take place at Sheaf Street Cafeteria on Thursday 23 March at 8pm. Before the film, from 6pm onwards, there will be the chance to enjoy some ‘pay as you feel’ food provided by the Real Junk Food Project.
After the film there will be a discussion led by members of the Real Junk Food Project and the disrupt project from Leeds Beckett University.
The film is free and you can register online at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/just-eat-it-kitchen-takeover-and-film-at-sheaf-street-cafeteria-tickets-32500119733
Another film will be shown in April. Details can be found at http://leftbankleeds.org.uk/event/we-are-many/