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Insight Film Festival
Blessed are the Strangers (UK premiere)
Tuesday 13 December
In a nutshell
The story how a ragtag group of white hippies and a street-smart group of black activists found God and forged a community together. A documentary film.
Norwich: home to mustard, Alan Partridge, and... a community of hippy, activist Muslim converts.
Britain's Muslim convert community is growing - perhaps now exceeding 100,000. At a time when their loyalty and motives are increasingly being called into question - think Jihadi Jane and Richard Reid - Blessed are the Strangers sheds new light on a largely hidden and misunderstood community.
A film by Ahmed Peerbux & Sean Hanif Whyte. Join the directors for the UK premiere.
What to Expect
Explore the genesis of the film with its directors, producers and some of its key personalities in a panel discussion. Expect animated and open discussion with the audience too!
Insight Film Festival is a year-round festival celebrating and exploring the intersection between faith and film. They are supported by people of all faiths and none. They especially support young filmmakers, encouraging them to explore faith through film and offer them opportunities to train and screen their film in the UK and around the world.
Since 2005, Radical Middle Way has worked alongside grassroots partners – in the UK and around the world – to provide powerful, faith-inspired guidance that gives tools to enable change, promote social justice for all and combat exclusion and violence. It's work has spanned the UK, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sudan, Mali, Morocco, Singapore, Canada and Malaysia.
What people are saying
'The film is important. It's cuts through the clichés.' Richard Thompson, Musician
Why does Rich Mix matter?
'Rich Mix is one of London’s most important cultural venues providing a unique, compelling and high quality mix of arts and cultural programming that draws on the East End’s dynamic and diversity, while at the same time bring the best of the world to London audiences.'
Find out more
Web: thestrangers.co.uk / insightfestival.co.uk
Things you should know
This film is suitable for ages 10+
This event is wheelchair accessible.