Dedicated to celebrating young people behind and in front of the camera, Cutting East is the Borough of Tower Hamlets’ youth film festival. Programmed by young people, for young people, Cutting East is now in its fourth year, with the most recent edition having taken place in March presented in partnership with the East End Film Festival. Join us as we celebrate all the creative power of youth, with thoughts, films, discussions and music for a special EEFF day celebrating all things Cutting East!
A teens’ life is wrought by internal conflict and tempestuous emotions; one minute you’re giddy on the spontaneity of life, the next you’re blindsided by the dervish of hormones raging inside you.
Dir: Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
Iran / Germany / Switzerland | 2015 | 90 min
A story of conservative society, furious rhymes and mic drops, Rokhsareh Ghaem Magham’s extraordinary film follows Sonita Alizadeh, a young female Afghan refugee living in Iran, who rejects an arranged marriage in order to pursue a life making rap music and to become the next Rihanna.
Dir: Cassie Quarless, Usayd Younis
UK | 2016 | 76 min
A story of resurgent grassroots activism, Generation Revolution is a stirring account of a new generation of black and brown activists in London. Focusing on The London Black Revolutionaries (Black Revs), R Movement and the Black Dissidents, Usayd Younis and Cassie Quarless’ film is a first hand insight into what cooperative, politicised engagement in social change means to a generation of young Londoners, fighting for egalitarian ideals and against a discriminating society.
Dir: Nosa Eke
UK | 2016 | 30 min
Delving into the hectic world of London twentysomethings, The Grind follows a group of young people as they seek to make their way in London’s creative scene. Life and circumstances always lie in the way; but that doesn’t mean they’ll be giving up. That’s the nature of the grind, in this refreshingly realistic take on being young and getting by.
Join us in Bar Paragon for a night of cutting beats, dancing and all round good times as we celebrate the World Premiere of The Grind, all soundtracked by live DJ sets from some of London’s most exciting up and coming artists.
The Cutting East Film Festival is a Borough of Tower Hamlets arts event, run in
partnership with the East End Film festival at the Genesis Cinema every March.
The fourth edition of the festival took place in March 2016, with the festival’s
Matthew Martino Benevolent Fund Rising Star Award being presented to Just
Another Saturday, directed by Phoenix Heights.
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