The Humanise Community Film Club is a research project by Liverpool-based artist Aleasha Chaunte.
In an age of intolerance, in which we seem to have forgotten the skills needed to live with people who are different from us, this film series is an opportunity to relearn them. Each screening will be accompanied by conversation and a little food. We will also be bringing relevant guest speakers who can offer some context for each film.
Let’s Humanise each other.
This project is supported by Film Hub North, proud to be part of the BFI Film Audience Network.
With thanks to the support of Metal as part of their Time and Space residency programme.
Made with support from Arts Council England.
About the Film
For 15 months, 45 inmates, some completely illiterate, worked together to present an adaptation of Reginald Rose’s famous stage play 12 Angry Men (known worldwide through the Sidney Lumet film starring Henry Fonda). The choice of play, which touches upon the themes of forgiveness, self- development, stigma and hope, was no accident. Daccache added monologues, songs and dance routines created by the prisoners to the original text. A must see, this remarkable documentary includes rehearsals, drama therapy sessions and interviews, revealing the tremendous dignity and despair of the prisoners as well as the charismatic Daccache’s boundless energy and patience. Winner, Best Documentary, Audience Award, Dubai Film Festival; Audience Award, Dox Box, Damascus.
Why was it chosen for the series?
Aleasha says: “We may believe that some people are beyond the reach of our compassion, especially those who have harmed others. This documentary allowed me to see again the systemic problems, poverty, trauma and loss that contribute to crime as well as watching people hold themselves accountable for their choices. You will love and admire Zeina Daccache by the end of the film.”
About the location
Screenings are in the Engine Room on platform one. Doors open 6pm, film starts promptly at 7pm. There is a wheelchair accessible entrance but please let us know if you have any questions about access.
Each screening will be introduced by a relevant speaker.