How To Make a Pearl
An evening with Guardian Docs
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19:00 - Doors
19:30 - Film Begins
22:30 - Curfew
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An Evening With Guardian Docs
Docheads are curating some of our favourite Guardian documentaries plus an exclusive preview of upcoming "How to Make A Pearl" before it is released
How to Make A Pearl (Premiere Screening) - dir Jason Hanasik
Dearborn, Michigan - dir Katharine Round/Ben Steele
The Valley Rebels - dir Spencer Wolff
Second Innings - dir Lindsay Poulton
Erica: Man Made - dir Ilinca Calugareanu
And a Q+A with Jason Hanasik (via Skype) Lindsay Poulton, Spencer Wolff, Ilinca Calugareanu, Katharine Round/ Ben Steele and Charlie Phillips, Head of Documentaries at The Guardian
How to Make a Pearl
For 53 years, John Kapellas frolicked underneath the bright sky of the American West. Without warning, he started breaking out in rashes and feeling as if his entire body was on fire whenever he was exposed to light. Diagnosed with a rare photosensitivity to the entire spectrum of light, Kapellas (now 63) has lived the last decade in darkness. “How To Make A Pearl” explores Kapellas’ current reality, his coping mechanisms, and the shadows in his past.
In the last 12 months the city of Dearborn, MI has been thrown into conflict. A conflict about fear, ideology and identity politics –which has at its heart the central question of what it means to be an American today. Home to the largest mosque in North America, it is a place of apparent contradictions: simultaneously a sleepy affluent suburb and the subject of rumours around ISIS terror cells and sharia law. This film takes us into the lives of five very different citizens who have been caught in the crossfire, from Muslims to Christians, citizen militias and young university graduates.
The Valley Rebels
Cédric Herrou is a farmer who supports and houses African refugees in the alpine village of Breil-Sur-Roya in southern France. Some regard him as a heroic good samaritan, but others – including the French border police and state prosecutor – denounce him as the leader of a band of smugglers, bringing migrants from Italy into France while flouting official border controls. As Cedric moves from one prosecution to another, why do he and his fellow activists feel compelled to defy the authorities?
From Afghanistan to London, cricket is helping three young refugees build a new life. Tucked away in suburban south London, matches take place every week for young and often traumatised asylum seekers. Many have fled war and have been separated from their families.
Erica: Man Made
Erica is 23. She has a beautiful, neutral face and speaks in synthesised voice. She has 20 degrees of freedom but can't move her hands yet. Hiroshi Ishiguro is her father and the bad boy of Japanese robotics. Together they will redefine what it means to be human and reveal that the future is closer than we might think.