(A Reel Connection! Launching the Foyle Film Festival Intercultural and Anti-Racism Programme are pupils from The Model Primary School)
The leading anti-racism campaigner, Doreen Lawrence, will be in Derry on Wednesday 21st March to deliver the opening event of the Foyle Film Festival Intercultural & Anti-Racism Programme. Mrs Lawrence will attend the screening of Stephen Lawrence: A Time for Justice at the Tower Hotel. The Panorama special details the death of her son Stephen in April 1993 following the recent conviction of Gary Dobson and David Norris for his murder.
Also attending the Programme to host a seminar and lead a Q&A session is human rights activist Peter Tatchell, who has been campaigning for human rights for over 40 years on issues of democracy, civil liberties, social equality, environmental protection, peace and global justice.
Now in its seventh year,the Intercultural & Anti-Racism Programme aims to help promote a tolerant, inclusive and shared society through education and entertainment. Over a 10 day period primary, post-primary schools, colleges, universities, community groups and the general public will attend and take part in a series of international films, documentaries, presentations, workshops and outreach screenings.
Commenting on the Intercultural & Anti-Racism Programme, Bernie McLaughlin, Foyle Film Festival Director said “I am honoured and delighted that Mrs. Lawrence will attend and officially begin the Programme with this landmark screening. Mrs Lawrence has spent the last 18 years fighting to secure justice for her murdered son Stephen along with other victims of racially motivated crime and she is an inspirational figure whose significance is recognised globally.”
For more information on the Intercultural & Anti-Racism Programme or if you would like to attend an event or screening, please visit www.foylefilmfestival.org or call 02871 373 456