Accidental Theatre, Shaftesbury Square
16th – 18th March: 12.00pm

Imagine! Festival Takeover @ Shaftesbury Square.

Accidental Theatre has gathered some of the most exciting and thought-provoking international documentaries for a special mini-screening series for the Imagine! Festival. Taking place at lunchtimes in their intimate Book Bar on the first floor of 12-13 Shaftesbury Square. They’ll have tea & coffee on hand, feel free to bring a lunch, some snacks and settle in for some brilliant ideas from around the world.

Running time 60-80mins.

Friday 16th: Colours of the Alphabet

Colours of the Alphabet is a new feature documentary film on language and childhood in Africa, telling the story of three Zambian children and their families over two school terms, and asking the question: does the future have to be in English?

Steward, Elizabeth and M’barak are three first time school pupils in rural Zambia, struggling to make sense of an educational system where the language they speak at home is different from the language used in the classroom, and slowly discovering that their tongue is no longer their own.

When nearly 40% of the world’s population lack access to education in their own language, the film offers an intimate, moving and often humorous insight into a global phenomenon from the unique perspective of three innocent children.

“Poignant, touching and very amusing.” ★★★★ Across The Arts

“One of the most beautiful documentary films I’ve ever seen.” Liz Lochhead, former National Poet of Scotland

“Lyrical, beautifully­ filmed… an inspiring, bittersweet documentary about language, communication and national identity.” Glasgow Film Festival 

Saturday 17th: Bikes vs Cars

The bicycle, an amazing tool for change. Activists and cities all over the world are moving towards a new system. But will the economic powers allow it? Bikes vs Cars, a new film project from BANANAS!* and Big Boys Gone Bananas!* director Fredrik Gertten, looks into and investigates the daily global drama in traffic around the world.

The film will follow the individuals around the world that are fighting to create change. We meet Aline at Sao Paulo’s Ciclofaxia, the weekly Sunday ride where one lane of Paulista Avenue is opened for bikes only. Aline is an inspirational person in the city’s bicycle movement, who tries to focus on the positive aspects of being a cyclist. But that can be difficult in a city where one bicyclist is killed every four days. And in Toronto, where mayor Rob Ford strips away the city’s bike lanes in his battle to win the ‘war on cars’, we watch as members of the Urban Repair Squad infiltrate the streets at night, using spray paint and stencils to replace them.

Sunday 18th: Family Goldmine

Family Goldmine is an observational documentary about the quest of Claude Nicolay and his family to start an eco-friendly gold mine in Mali, West Africa, with no prior experience. The film was shot over three years, including during the war which started in 2012, and is a celebration of perseverance and the love that makes a family. It premiered internationally at CPH: DOX in Copenhagen in 2014, then at the Glasgow Film Festival in 2015. It was produced and directed by Robbie Fraser through Pure Magic Films.

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date & time

16th-18th March


The Book Bar, Accidental Theatre, Shaftesbury Square, BT2 7EF


Free admission

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