We Need to Talk About Power

  • Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, film-maker, will be in conversation with historian David Olusoga. Obaid-Chinoy is a double Academy Award-winning film-maker and the creator of HOME1947 at MIF17, whose most recent film, The Girl in the River, provoked Pakistan’s Prime Minister to declare ‘there is no honour in honour killing’. ‘That,’ she says, ‘is the power of film.’ Amanpour is CNN’s Chief International Correspondent, anchor of the network’s award-winning global affairs programme Amanpour, and the woman who inspired Obaid-Chinoy to become a journalist and human rights activist.


  • Lubaina Himid, who has created a unique set for Interdependence, will give an illustrated talk on art, power, black history and identity. Born in Zanzibar and based in Britain, Himid is an artist and educator who was a leader in the British Black Arts Movement of the 1980s, a pivotal decade for British culture and politics. Following shows this year in Oxford, Milton Keynes and Nottingham, Himid has been nominated for this year’s Turner Prize.


  • Bad Language, the multi-award-winning, Manchester-based live literature team, and FutureEverything, the digital innovation agency, join forces to ask ‘What Can We Demand of the Digital Age?’ This special literature event will explore the relationship between power and digital culture at a time when we need to reinvent the role of narrative to suit our rapidly evolving, technologically mediated society. With contributions from Andrew O’Hagan, the acclaimed author and journalist, and Deanna Rodger, a leading spoken-word artist and the curator of Come Rhyme With Me.


We Need to Talk About Power is part of Interdependence: We Need to Talk, six themed sessions of provocative conversation and new ideas staged every Saturday during MIF17.




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