Songs of Redemption After Party

Join the East End Film Festival on Tuesday 9th July for the UK Premiere of the phenomenal Songs of Redemption, which recounts the power of music to reform the lives of prisoners in a Kingston jail; followed by a free party in the RichMix bar with music from Steve Bedlam and Ben Millar.  

An ex-holding area for African slaves, an almost uninhabitable jail in Kingston is the home of some of Jamaica’s most serious violent offenders. This “reality of unimaginable consequence” is made more profound by its transformation into a place of creative healing, as the superintendent and local activists work to help prisoners find new beginnings through education, and often music. A moving portrait of the potential for rebirth in the worst circumstances; where prisoners repent for their crimes when they rediscover their pride, and in one very clear moment, move from darkness into light.

The East End Film Festival, in association with Nice Time Productions and The Irregular Film Club, are proud to announce a fantastic DJ line up for the Songs of Redemption after party. Steve Bedlam and Ben Millar will bring their knowledge of all things reggae, dub and dancehall to help celebrate the occasion, with their decades worth of experience and quality sounds guaranteed to set the room alight.

The Songs of Redemption party will take place in the downstairs bar at Rich Mix directly after the screening. Beginning at 8pm, this event is free to attend. 

DJs:

Steve Bedlam has been tearing up dancehalls across the world for years with his mighty sound system. His killer tracks and incredible control of sound are sure to get you rocking, and Steve also works with Fairtunes, a music and radio charity that helps people from disadvantaged communities around the world and UK develop self esteem and build confidence through creative endeavours.

Ben Millar was long a part of Chiba City Sound System, who were a fixture on the free party scene. As well as organising his own events, he has DJ’ed at concerts from the likes of Aswad, Steel Pulse and Gary Clail, as well as on the On U Sound System.

Songs Of Redemption

An ex-holding area for African slaves, an almost uninhabitable jail in Kingston is the home of some of Jamaica’s most serious violent offenders. This “reality of unimaginable consequence” is made more profound by its transformation into a place of creative healing, as the superintendent and local activists work to help prisoners find new beginnings through education, and often music. A moving portrait of the potential for rebirth in the worst circumstances; where prisoners repent for their crimes when they rediscover their pride, and in one very clear moment, move from darkness into light.

£9.50 Tickets will be available from the Rich Mix cinema website here.

This screening will be followed by a night of music in the downstairs bar at Rich Mix. This event is free to attend.

Best Documentary Feature Competition 

Inch’Allah

Having worked extensively in documentary, Barbeau-Lavalette’ creates an intense reality around a heartrending human story. A young Canadian doctor’s experience monitoring pregnant women in a Palestinain refugee camp brings her into contact with a French colleague, an Israeli soldier, and the resistance fighter with whom she falls in love. Recoiling and eventually internalising the harshness of a life spent between checkpoints and stray bullets, Inch‘Allah is a convincing portrait of those who spend their lives torn between the two sides of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

£9.50 Tickets for 29th June available from the Rich Mix Cinema website here.

£6.50 Tickets for 9th July available from the Genesis Cinema website here.

EEFF Best Feature Competition 

Halley

A tale of urban loneliness with a dash of  David Cronenberg, Sebastian Hofmann’s staggering debut portrays Beto (Alberto Trujillo) a security guard in a Mexico City gym, whose physical state contrasts wildly with the healthy bodies around him. Retreating to his apartment, Beto sews himself up and injects himself with embalming fluid to hold off his physical deterioration. Wrestling with the notion that he may no longer be alive, Beto’s desire for life is rekindled by his boss’ advances. Halley is a far cry from social realism, but in its surreal depiction of total isolation, achieves something even more truthful.

£10.00 Tickets available from the Genesis Cinema website here.

EEFF Best Feature Competition: Special Screening presented in partnership with London MexFest 

Call Girl

A 1970s tale of sexual exploitation and political corruption in Sweden. Mikael Marcimain, second unit director on Tomas Alfredon’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, brings a brilliantly rendered period vision of his own to Call Girl. This is the story of Iris, a teenager in a young offenders institute, who is lured into the world of strip clubs, brothels and late night parties with powerful men. As the few remaining good cops close in, what emerges is a tense and believable thriller, with high stakes that are both personal and political.

£9.50 Tickets for 9th July available from the Rich Mix Cinema website here.

EEFF Best Feature Competition 

 

Bruno & Earlene Go To Vegas

Earlene (Ashleigh Sumner) runs away to Venice Beach to escape an old flame and falls in with bohemian intersex skater Bruno. Home rental scams, dangerous ways of raising cash and a headlong plunge into the desert bring the pair into contact with sexually confused carjackers, Scottish ex-strippers, tap-dancing drag queens and like minded runaways – all on their own journeys of self discovery. British filmmaker Simon Savory traveled to the California desert to make his debut feature, and emerges with a wild and visually striking ode to self discovery. A truly refreshing counterculture movie.

Tickets available from the Hackney Picturehouse website here.

EEFF Best Feature Competition