MRG film to be screened at Barcelona exhibition

Minority Rights Group’s documentary film Say My Name will be screened as part an exhibition Windows of the World at the CaixaForum in Barcelona during the next few months. The film was produced as part of MRG’s Street Theatre Project, which took place during the last three years (2010-2012). From 14th April to 19th May 2013 visitors can watch the part of the film about minorities in Rwanda; and in August the part about the Dominican Republic will be screened.

Filmed in four countries, Say My Name, tells the stories of people on the outside of society facing extreme discrimination. Viewed as less than human or ‘too dark’, Valentina, Phineas, and thousands of others are prevented from studying, working or getting healthcare. Desperate to change public perception of their disparaged communities they become actors presenting their reality to stunned audiences.

Crossing visually diverse landscapes, we see theatre performed in the streets of Botswana, Rwanda, Kenya and the Dominican Republic. Each play is devised by a mix of professional and first-time actors who are from marginalised communities. Faced with challenging public and official opinion, the actors must confront their own prejudices and accept each other. As difficulties surface, they question if a simple play can really change beliefs built up over generations.

This intimate study of how we judge each other offers a unique view on the impact of discrimination by seeing the same problem in four different contexts. Not just a documentary portraying traditional music, theatre and dance, Say My Name allows us to see people for who they really are, and not through the names others give them.

Windows of the world at CaixaForum Barcelona

La Caixa Foundation has opened a space titled “Windows of the world” where they will screen films related to international cooperation, mainly showing the daily experience of the most vulnerable communities in developing countries. This space is free entry and is situated at the CaixaForum Barcelona, a social and cultural centre situated in one of the most important modernist buildings in this city (Address: Av. De Francesc Ferrer i Guardia, 6-8. 08038 Barcelona).

This space is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 8pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 9pm. 

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