(14th & 15th April 2018)


The first-ever Festival of Commonwealth Film will be held at the British Museum in London on 14th – 15th April 2018 and is dedicated to sharing cinema from across the Commonwealth with a UK audience. This year’s inaugural edition includes feature films with a human rights focus from the Bahamas, India, Malta, Pakistan, Tonga and the United Kingdom. The goal is to represent the cultural diversity and richness of the Commonwealth, demonstrate the change-making power of cinema, and initiate dialogue on human rights issues. 

The Festival will screen seven feature films and a programme of shorts with human rights focus from all the regions of the Commonwealth. The array of films scheduled for screening include BAFTA-winning “I am Not a Witch” and British Oscar entry, “My Pure Land”. Almost every feature film screening will be followed by a Q and A session with the filmmakers. The short film programme, produced by Commonwealth Writers, has a Pacific focus and will be shown on Sunday 15th.

The full list of feature films are as follows:

1.I Am Not A Witch [UK/Zambia] (fiction; 2018 BAFTA winner for Outstanding Feature Debut by a British Director)

2.My Pure Land [UK/Pakistan] (fiction but based on a true story; Britain's official 2018 entry for the Oscars' Best Foreign Language Film category)

3.Leitis in Waiting [US/Tonga] (documentary about Tongan transgender activists; European Premiere)

4.Not My Life [US production, shot in 14 countries including 5 Commonwealth nations] Doc about human trafficking and modern slavery, narrated by Glenn Close; UK Premiere

5.Cargo [Bahamas] (fiction about human trafficking in the Bahamas; European Premiere)

6.Simshar [Malta] (fiction about a Maltese fishing boat disaster against the background of the European migrant crisis; Malta's first-ever official entry into the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars)

7.Lipstick Under My Burkha [India] (fiction, originally refused certification by India's censors because of its “lady-oriented” story, about four women exploring their sexuality in modern India).

The short film programme will include two films from first-time writer-directors in Papua New Guinea, and two films from Tonga, one of which is by renowned women's rights advocate 'Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki.

The festival is supported by Commonwealth Writers (part of the Commonwealth Foundation) and the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative and has been designed and scheduled to lead up to and compliment the Commonwealth Peoples Forum and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

Find out more and book tickets at www.fcfilm.net.

Location: The British Museum, Great Russell Street, , London, Greater London, WC1B 3DG
Date: 14 Apr, 2018
Time: 01:30 PM
Tickets: Yes
Ticket Price: 7.00 GBP


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Additional Information

The festival cafe will be open to the public from 1pm until 10pm on Saturday April 14th, and from 12:30pm until 9pm on Sunday April 15th.

Please note: All guests for films beginning after 6pm will need to book their tickets in advance, in order to get through security at the British Museum. We recommend arriving 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of your film.


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