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Omid Djalili to preview new Iraq War film at Roehampton

Roehampton students will question comedian and filmmaker Omid Djalili when he previews his new Iraq War documentary We Are Many at the University later this month, ahead of its premiere at the 2015 Sundance Festival.

Posted: 6 January 2015

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Comedian and Executive Producer of We Are Many, Omid Djalili with Head of Roehampton’s Department of Media, Culture and Language, Dr Paul Sutton.

Omid Djalili, who acts as executive producer on the film, will be joined at the preview by the documentary’s director, Amir Amirani. The pair will discuss the film and take questions from interested students.

We Are Many is a never-before-told story of the largest demonstration in history that took place on the 15th of February 2003 when up to up to 30 million people in nearly 800 cities around the world took to the streets to protest against the impending Iraq War.

The documentary provides an extraordinary inside story behind the first ever global protest, and its unexpected and unreported legacy. The film features testimony from participants in the protest, including organisers, activists, high-profile figures, and the public. It is filmed in seven countries – Italy, Spain, Egypt, Sweden, Australia, UK, and the USA.

The screening is an opportunity for students to offer feedback on the film ahead of its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in February. Students will also have the opportunity to learn how to fund, distribute, and exhibit their own work from professional filmmakers Amir and Omid.

In addition to a preview of We Are Many, Roehampton will also welcome Debs Paterson, one of the few female directors currently working in the UK on February 11. Debs will screen her 2010 feature, Africa United, about a pair of young boys who travel from war-torn Rwanda to see the 2010 football World Cup in South Africa. Africa United was nominated for the Douglas Hickox Award at the British Independent Film Awards and for Best Feature at the Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival, as well as winning the WWW Award at the Stockholm Film Festival.

Omid and Debs are just the latest in a line-up of film industry professionals who will share their experiences with students at Roehampton. The Autumn team saw speakers including filmmaker, Sue Bourne; BBC director Jonathan Taylor, and producer of Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Gareth Wiley. All filmmakers shared tips with students about how to be a success in filmmaking. 

The We Are Many screening and Q&A with Omid and Amir takes place on Wednesday 11 February from 5pm in Duchesne building room 004, Digby Stuart College. The event is open to everyone and no bookings are required. 

Find out more about Film courses at Roehampton here.

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