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Rossendale Film Festival 2017

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Brought to you in collaboration between the Whitaker and The Boo. We’ve selected some great films for you, showing across the weekend, all on our theme of migration.

We’ve everything from classic comedies to hard hitting documentaries on topical themes. We’ve got fun films for children, a movie with a tie-in two course meal, and also a chance to chat with one of the directors. Our oldest film was made a century ago, our latest just last year, but all of them share the power to provoke thought, laughter, and tears in the way only the best cinema can.


What's On at the Whitaker

Friday 20th October

from 6.15pm

Nibbles and opening drinks reception in the Whitaker Gallery

Film Starts 7pm
(suggested donation £3)
Music is a universal language but all these musicians have been uprooted  They travel the world and perform with the orchestra , keeping their traditions alive but we gradually discover their own individual stories. Dir: Morgan Neville  2015 USA   96 mins  

It finds poetry in the ability of music to bring us home again , wherever we may travel 
— Seattle Times
Lovely to watch - even more BEAUTIFUL to hear 
— The New York Times

Saturday 21st October

3pm – 4.30pm  


A thought provoking afternoon of wonderful stories & films, about inspirational individuals and terrible issues that are important to see and experience.
Our selection of Amnesty International short films, deals with different aspects of the movement of refugees, individuals and groups, with some discussion and evaluation of current political posturing welcomed after the viewing. 


In the form of an observational, reflexive documentary this short film spends time with independent volunteers on the island of Lesbos, Greece, and refugees that have made their way to Piraeus harbour in Athens from their home countries.

PLUS meet the Director Sion Evans Berry
2015 12mins

From 6.30pm

Pre-Film 2 Course Dinner

Main | Paella

Dessert | Spanish Tart

£13.50 pp

Film starts 7.30pm

£5 pp entry
In Valencia ancient olive trees are sold for high prices and one family affected by the economic crisis, cash in their heritage tree to a German company. The Grandfather is distraught and his free spirited granddaughter hatches a plan to bring the tree home. DIR: Iclar Bollain  2016 100mins

Commentary on a changing Europe underpins this, but the human relationships are most poignant here
— Time Out

Sunday 22nd October

Film Starts 4pm

£5 pp entry
An African boy arrives as a refugee in the French port. He forms an unlikely friendship with a local ageing bohemian with surprising consequences for them both. Whilst it does not skirt the political issues it is essentially a celebration of community  
Dir: Aki Kaurismaki 2011 89 mins

It tells a good story with clear eyes and a level gaze and it just plain makes you feel good
— Roger Ebert
A political fairytale somewhere between the reality of contemporary France and classic French cinema a charming deadpan delight.
— Rotten Tomatoes (99% ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)


Earlier Event: 19 October
Film Night - Tangerines
Later Event: 25 October
Halloween Half Term