In 2014 Rainbow Collective set up Films For Food, that year there had been a 51% rise in people using food banks across the UK with the number of users now over one million. It is in response to this that we chose to set up Films For Food; a scheme which will give film lovers a chance to help their local community while addressing important social issues in the area. Our concept is based on Footy For Food which was created in Canada by Richard Loat, through advice and consultation with him we set up Films For Food
Following its launch at the Rich Mix in East London on the 15th of September 2014 there are have several screenings in aid of food banks in London. Then in start of 2016 we started to collaborate with the Hub 67 in Hackney to do a monthly event. We also do regular events at Kafe 1788 in Poplar East London.
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Below are some images from our Films For Food events at the Hub 67 & Kafe 1788
More Earth Will Fall
I, Daniel Blake
In February we collaborated with Community Southwark and the Cinema Museum to put on a screening of Ken Loach's award winning film 'I, Daniel Blake'. The screening was our busiest Films For Food event. The event was a huge success and through the food donations on the night we raised 302 KG of food. In the build up to the event students at Pilgrims Way Primary school also raised food to help with the food donation for this Films For Food event. The students raised 135.15KG of food making it a total of 437.15KG of food was raised through the I, Daniel Blake event. The donations went to Pecan/Southwark Food Bank in Peckham.
They Will Have To Kill Us First
We screened the critically acclaimed documentary about Mali musicians in exile. The screening was followed by a fantastic Q&A with the director Johanna Schwartz conducted by musician and campaigner John Pandit.
This was one of busiest events and we had a very generous crowd who brought along lots of food for the food bank. This timely documentary which has been screened at Sheffield Doc Fest & East End Film Festival brought up a great discussion led by directors Usayd & Cassie on race, diversity, representation, activism and Donald Trump.
This is a short interview with directors Usayd and Cassie for The Independant which was filmed at Hub 67 during our Films For Food event. If you would like more information about documentary and further screenings then do visit their website here
Mass E Bhat
In November 2016 it was our turn to screen a documentary. We screened our feature documentary Mass E Bhat at Kafe 1788.
Richard Clarke owner of Kafe 1788 being interviewed about hosting Films For Food
How To Change The World
We had director Jerry Rothwell come in to do a fascinating Q&A after the screening of his award winning documentary 'How To Change The World'.
We did a screening of the crowd pleasing documentary 'We Are Many' featuring an all star cast. Prior to the screening the team from First Love Foundation did a short talk about the works they do supporting the community through their food bank and also spoke of the positive impact Films For Food has had at their Food Bank.
We collaborated with the wonderful team at the East End Film Festival this year to host a special screening of the documentary 'The Divide' Following the screening there was a lively panel discussion between the producer Christopher Herd, Director Katherine Round, Guardian journalist Patrick
Butler and musician &
campaigner John Pandit.
The event was a few days
after Brexit, the topic
dominated the conversation.
'This was one of our most enjoyable screenings - the venue was packed, standing room only. The film provoked an interesting and wider discussion and it ended in time for further conversation in a really good pub'
Christopher Herd, Producer 'The Divide'
Sean McAllister the director of the award winning 'A Syrian Love Story' joined us for a screening of his critically acclaimed documentary.
His remarkable documentary brought about a lively Q&A between the audience and director.