Panel: Student Experiences of Protest
3-4.30pm - Room S0.20
A panel of students talk about their experiences of participating in protests, what they saw, how it made them feel and what they now think about protesting again in the future. The panel will include:
- Alex Ferguson whose article 'Inside the Kettle' tells the story of a protest about the costs of higher education in London. He tells how he ends up watching as a form of pre-scripted violence plays out to the assembled press corps. He wonders whether the power of protest is lost amid such scenes.
- Keira Koroma, whose article 'Protesting Detention at Yarl’s Wood' tells about her experiences of attending a protest at this immigration detention centre. Every few months, protest groups from across the UK come together to surround the centre and call for its closure. Warwick student Keira Koroma went along to one of these protests and reported back for Lacuna.
- Nathanial Shiers, who will be discussing his experiences of climate change campaigns in recent years, including reflections on the Fossil Free movement and the major demonstrations in Copenhagen and Paris.
We Are Many (& post-show discussion with director Amir Amirani)
6pm, Warwick Arts Centre Cinema
We Are Many tells the story of the biggest demonstration in human history, which took place on 15th February 2003, against the impending war on Iraq. The Film's Director, Amir Amirani joins us to discuss the film after the showing and to answer questions from the audience. Please email James Harrison at J.Harrison.firstname.lastname@example.org with requests for tickets. He will respond by 4pm on 17 March.
“Anyone doubting the value of protest should watch this film, for proof that the ripples of political pebbles can spread wide, and far beyond any immediate effects.... The only film i have ever watched where the audience started clapping half way through.” ★★★★★
"Rousing and moving. Its a film that should be seen by the many."
"A work of beautiful rage .... provokes anger and goosebumps."
"Amirani attempts what would seem an impossibility: to render artistically the outright messiness of the war, to bring together on film what are, respectively, political and defence issues, matters of international diplomacy, human rights abuses, disparate protest movements and personal stories. It is something of a feat. For We Are Many is not only an exposé of the war, but a salute to the spirit of protest."Chris Davis, Lacuna Magazine.