we the peoples film festival

“Friends of the Festival” Friday!

This week we speak to David Wardrop from We The Peoples Film Festival…

Tell us about your Festival:

The We the Peoples film festival is an annual event and a project of the United Nations Association Westminster Branch.

It sets out to screen films linked to the United Nations Three Pillars of Freedom: freedom from want, freedom from fear, and the freedom to live in dignity.

Best Film awards relate to these subjects and also to the environment and the rapprochement of civilisations.

Other annual projects are our International Law lecture and our conference to mark the International day of UN Peacekeepers which incorporates a diplomatic wreath-laying ceremony at the Cenotaph.

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The winners of the annual #TweetAPitch competition.

How was your Festival created?

It started in 2004 as the Stories from the Field festival, using films screened at the New York film festival of the same name.

It adopted its current name in the following year which use the opening words of the Preamble to the Charter of the United Nations.

Over the years, we have screened about 150 films.   

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Attendees at a Q&A session.

Describe your Festival in three words:

Humanity, challenges, justice.

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A full house at We The Peoples Film Festival.

What compelled you to partner with Let’s All Be Free?

There are too few festivals which are focused on the issues underpinning both festivals.

We all benefit through cooperation and we look forward to promoting the Let’s All Be Free festival in October.   

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The winner of the 2014 awards: Best Short Film & Best Director.

What does being free mean to you?

Knowing that boundaries do exist but that it can only be reason which determines whether these should be tested and, if necessary, breached.

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All the wonderful volunteers.

THE we the peoples FILM FESTIVAL TAKES PLACE novemBER 5-21, 2016. FIND OUT MORE: wethepeoples.org.uk

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