Programming Journeys into Film: Challenges and Triumphs

Mandla Rae is the Journeys Community Film Programmer and discusses the decisions made when curating the programme with some of the obstacles. My initial approach to programming a selection of films for Journeys Festival International on the theme of highlighting issues of displacement and empowering Manchester’s asylum seeking communities was simple: to find films that were neither tokenistic or fatalistic. Many films about displacement, which cater to educating white British audiences, could be traumatic to those with lived experience and I wanted to avoid this. Whilst our efforts were limited by budget and availability; Reba and I have curated a delightful mix of documentary, animation, an

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