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Save The Children

Film screening of Ken Loach's Save the Children Film (1971), followed by Q&A panel with distinguished guests.

Warwick Arts Centre Cinema
6:00pm - 8:10pm, Thursday 23 November 2017 (film begins at approx. 6:30pm)

Q&A panel participants

Fernando Espada (Head of Humanitarian Affairs, Save the Children UK)
Professor Matthew Hilton (Vice-Principal for Humanities and Social Sciences, Queen Mary University of London; co-editor, Past and Present journal)


The previously banned, Save the Children Fund Film, directed by Ken Loach and produced by Tony Garnett, is a documentary about the work of Save the Children, a British-based charity working for children around the world. Shot in 1969 in the UK, Kenya and Uganda, the film was originally commissioned by Save the Children and London Weekend Television to mark the Charity’s fiftieth anniversary.

Already an established filmmaker, Loach opened the documentary with a quotation from Friedrich Engels, and constructed a film that explores the politics of poverty, class and charities and the relationship between them. The film, however, was promptly withdrawn from release and kept in the BFI’s national archive; Save the Children representatives at the time felt it subverted their aims. Banned until 2011, we are delighted to present the fourth ever public screening of this film.

After the screening, a Q&A session will be held which addresses some of the central themes raised by the theme concerning poverty, class, colonialism, humanitarian aid and the proper role of charities. The Q&A will include Professor Matthew Hilton (Queen Mary University of London), a leading historian of activism, charity and humanitarianism, along with Fernando Espana, Head of Humanitarian Affairs at Save the Children UK.


This event is presented by the University of Warwick's Global Research Priority for International Development (GRP ID), as part of it's annual research theme of ‘Poverty, Inequality and International Development’. For further information, please contact the event organiser Dr Andrew Jones (Assistant Professor in Global Sustainable Development, University of Warwick).

Please note: as this event is presented in the Warwick Arts Centre Cinema, its is a ticketed event
(£8 for full price). Concessions are available for Warwick and Coventry students (£3.50), students (£5.25), senior citizens (£6.50) and job seekers (£6.50). Tickets can be purchased at the Warwick Arts Centre website.

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