Oxford Festival of the Arts is delighted to be collaborating with Ultimate
Picture Palace for a weekend of film about humanity, ‘home’, and truth.
La Vita è Bella

Saturday 9 July | 1pm
Ultimate Picture Palace
Director: Roberto Benigni

116 minutes PG-13
Winner of 72 awards including three Oscars (best foreign film, best leading actor – Benigni, and best soundtrack – Nicola Piovani), Life is Beautiful is based on a story of a gentle, Jewish-Italian father (the waiter) who desperately tries to shelter his son from the horror of his surroundings by hiding the truth, convincing him that their time in the camp is merely a game. To some, this paradoxical form seemed to diminish the atrocity of the Shoah, but, to most people (including the Jewish communities) it seemed ‘an effective way to allude to the unspeakable’ (Roberto Chiesi). Written by Vincenzo Cerami and Roberto Benigni.
Adult £10 | Senior Citzen £9
Student / Claimant £8 | Child / Member £5
Group (multiples of 4) £6.50 each

Child Migrant Stories: Voices
Past and Present + Q&A

Sunday 10 July | 2pm
Ultimate Picture Palace
Directors: Eithne Nightingale
and Mitchell Harris

60 minutes + Q&A

Short films from Child Migrant Stories that document the lived experiences of young people who have arrived in the UK: from children who came over on the Kindertransport in 1930s, to the Windrush generation from the Caribbean in the 1960s, to those who left by boat from Vietnam in the late 1970s and Syrian children who have settled on the Isle of Bute in Scotland. These moving testimonies encourage us to reflect on how welcoming we really are, as individuals and as a nation.

This will be followed by a discussion with filmmakers, Eithne Nightingale and Mitchell Harris, people with lived experience of child migration and those supporting today’s refugees.

Entrance is free. Booking essential.

The Singing Revolution

Sunday 10 July | 4pm
Ultimate Picture Palace
Creative Team: James Tusty and Maureen
Castle Tusty, Mike Majoros, Bestor Cram,
Piret Tibbo-Hudgins, Artur Talvik

95 minutes

“Inspiring!… Gripping!… A story of how feelings became songs, songs became a national voice, and voice became action!”
Robert Abele, LA Times

The Singing Revolution is an inspiring account of one nation’s dramatic rebirth: the story of humankind’s irrepressible drive for freedom and self-determination. The Singing Revolution shares how, between 1987 and 1991, hundreds of thousands of Estonians gathered publicly to
sing forbidden patriotic songs and share protest speeches, risking their lives to proclaim their desire for independence. While bloodshed was the unfortunate end result in other occupied nations of the USSR, the revolutionary songs of the Estonians anchored their struggle for freedom, which was ultimately accomplished without the loss of a single life.

“The young people, without any political party, and without any politicians, just came together… not only tens of thousands, but hundreds of thousands… to gather and to sing and to give this nation a new spirit”

This is the Singing Revolution

Adult £7 | Senior Citizen £6
Student / Claimant / Member £5


Sunday 10 July | 6.30pm
Ultimate Picture Palace
Director: Sonita Gale

97 minutes

****  “A plea for humanity
Whelan Barzey, Time Out

Told through the stories of four participants from Black and Asian backgrounds, award-winning documentary Hostile focusses on the UK’s complicated relationship with its migrant communities, and the impact of the evolving hostile environment’ – a term used by the UK government in 2012. After decades of hostile immigration policies, has Britain has reached a crisis point?

“…a difficult watch, but it shows powerfully the pain inflicted on innocent people by a broken system” Amelia Gentleman, The Guardian

The music for the film was created by the award-winning Nitin Sawhney CBE, Ayanna Witter-Johnson and spoken word from George the Poet. Nitin Sawhney is also Executive Producer on the project, and features in the film.

Please note: this film includes racist language.

Adult £7 | Senior Citizen £6
Student / Claimant / Member £5



Jul 09 - 10 2022


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