The First SOAS Community Free Film Festival - Broke in London

The First SOAS Community Free Film Festival

Free cinema events from 7-12 of March 2016

Here at Broke in London we are big film cinema fans and we get super excited when there is an upcoming film festival, especially if it’s free! So, the good news is that there is a brand new free film festival taking place in London next month. The inaugural SOAS Community Free Film Festival runs between the 7-12 of March, with events taking place inside and outside of the university. All events will be open to the public, and the eclectic mix of societies hosting events inside the university, ranging from the SOAS Arabic Film Society to the SOAS Women’s Network, provides a special opportunity for those who are not familiar with the university campus to attend film screenings and visit the university.

SOAS Community Free Film Festival

SOAS University


Friday night at the Djam Lecture Theatre 

Following the Friday night screening (a live cinema soundtrack to the animated classic, Belleville Rendezvous, provided by The Cabinet of Living Cinema) there will be live music in the SOAS Students Union bar, with headliners Thidius taking the stage. This event is also free and open to the public, meaning attendees can easily move between events.

SOAS Community Free Film Festival


Wednesday night at the Horse Hospital

The Horse Hospital, originally built originally in 1797 as stabling for cabby’s sick horses, is now a Grade II listed building and a progressive arts venue located behind Russell Square Station. Here, on the Wednesday night (9 March), the theatre have programmed an exciting event for the SOAS Community Free Film Festival. In 2016 SOAS is celebrating its centenary year, which is in itself controversial as it was originally set up as an institution to train colonial officers. The Horse Hospital are therefore screening two films which seek in their own way to re-address colonial histories, and which are as relevant now as they were respectively important in their time.

The first of these films, Les Maitres Fous (The Mad Masters) is a short film directed by anthropologist and filmmaker Jean Rouch. Centring around the Hauku movement in Ghana this controversial film depicts a ceremony performed in the suburbs of the capital city, Accra. In order to contextualise the controversy and debate surrounding Rouch’s depiction, lecturer in West African anthropology at SOAS, Marloes Janson, will give a short introduction. Following this short film will be the feature length documentary, Concerning Violence, which is based on Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth and narrated by Ms Lauryn Hill. Full details can be found on The Horse Hospital website.


The full programme events is extensive and can be found below or on the Free Film Festival website.

SOAS Community Free Film Festival

Inception at King’s Cross Baptist Church on Monday 7 March

Monday 7 at 6:30pm: A Syrian Love Story at 22 Russell Square, room T102
Monday 7 at 7pm: Inception at King’s Cross Baptist Church
Tuesday 8 at 7pm: Fan Popo documentaries at Room B104, Brunei Building
Wednesday 9 at 1pm: Mr. Coperthwaite: Spring in Dickinson’s Reach at Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT)
Wednesday 9 at 7pm: Before Tomorrow at Room B111, Brunei Gallery
Wednesday 9 at 7pm: Concerning Violence & Les Maitres Fous at The Horse Hospital
Wednesday 9 at 7pm: We Were Children at FG01 Faber Building
Thursday 10 at 7pm: Girlhood at Room G3, SOAS University
Thursday 10 at 7:30pm: My Brother the Devil at 22 Russell Square, room T102
Friday 11 at 7pm: Triplettes de Belleville – with live soundtrack at Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT)
Friday 11 at 7pm: Life is Waiting: Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara at Room B111, Brunei Gallery
Saturday 12 at 6pm: Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution at Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT)

What: SOAS Community Free Film Festival
Where: SOAS University
When: 7-12 of March 2016
Cost: Free