A Woman’s Place

From an incredibly young age, our society’s gender expectations are made evident; young girls are given dolls houses, hair accessories and toy kitchen wear/dinner sets to entertain themselves with, whereas boys are handed fishing rods, footballs, tennis rackets and other sporting equipment. Essentially, boys are handed freedom, whereas girl’s gendered toys keep her confined in …

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Interview with Armaan Uplekar, director of Eternal

In 2014, ‘Eternal’ was officially selected for the ‘Let’s All Be Free Film Festival’. A heartbreaking documentary of the tragedy that took place in August 2012, when a white supremacist entered the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin and murdered six people. In the aftermath, family members of the victims move to cope and understand the tragedy. …

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Inspiring Change: Short Films & Conversations

To kick off our Let’s All Be Free Film Festival 2014 (8th-10th April), we are celebrating with an exciting, new event – Inspiring Change: Short Films and Conversations at Whirled Cinema in Brixton. BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW! We will screen brilliant, socially impactful short films from Amnesty International UK, Survival International,Women for Refugee Women, Amantani, Ashoka and touching street-life …

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View On Freedom: Photography Exhibition

We will be exhibiting a free photography installation as a way of celebrating the opening of the Let's All Be Free Film Festival 2014. This installation represents the diversity of our community through the many expressions of what being free can mean, and includes portraits of Londoners we recently interviewed regarding their take on what being free means to them. The exhibition will open on Tuesday 1st April 2014 and run until the end of the month including throughout the film festival.

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Celebrating the Spirit of Freedom at LABFFF 2014

The Let’s All Be Free project is committed to discover and applaud freedom in every sense of the word, uniting the efforts of people from all over the world in their quest for freedom. Freedom has different interpretations for different people, and this is the reason Let’s All Be Free is committed to organising a film festival around this theme – celebrating creativity and the works of many talented filmmakers, which focus on the different elucidations of freedom. The Let’s All Be Free Film Festival is now accepting entries for next year’s festival – LABFFF 2014.

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A Life Apart by Henrietta Ross

A guest article by Henrietta Ross, a writer and blogger with bipolar disorder. Henrietta explores a variety of topics through her blog, including issues of mental health, and writes monthly for the International Bipolar Foundation, as well as for Black Dog Tribe - Ruby Wax's mental health organisation. She also writes for online magazine Blirt, and is working on her first novel. In the below piece, she shares her perspective on how her mental illness - and society's treatment of her - makes her feel free.

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Beyond The First Amendment by Jaclyn Lyons

A guest article by Jaclyn Lyons - blogger, student and features editor at Beyond Good Ideas magazine - about what being free has meant to her in her development as a writer, and overcoming the obstacles within herself along the way.

When I was a young child, strangers probably assumed I was a mute. I barely spoke to my own family and had to have my mother volunteer in my classroom until I overcame the severity of my separation anxiety in the second grade. I was a prisoner to my anxiety that back then was simply called shyness.

“Why won’t Jackie talk?” other children in my class would ask.

“Oh, she’s just shy,” people would say.

In kindergarten my teacher thought I was memorizing my books at home since I could read them so quickly and with ease, but I wasn’t; I was reading. I had no problem using the voice of another--in this case it was a character called Mortimer Frog--but I couldn’t find the courage to use my own. When my teacher learned that it wasn’t memorization, but an early talent nurtured by my parents, she sent me to reading group with kids in the grade above me.

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