Ken Loach’s ‘Save the Children Fund Film’

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As part of the University of Birmingham’s Arts and Science Festival 2014 we will be screening Ken Loach’s Save the Children Fund Film at 17.30 on Tuesday 18 March. You can find out more about the screening here.

The previously banned, Save the Children Fund Film, directed by Ken Loach and produced by Tony Garnett, is a documentary about the work of Save the Children, a British-based charity working for children around the world. Shot in 1969 in the UK, Kenya and Uganda, the film was originally commissioned by Save the Children and London Weekend Television to mark the Charity’s fiftieth anniversary.

Already an established filmmaker, Loach opened the documentary with a quotation from Friedrich Engels, and constructed a film that explores the politics of poverty, class and charities and the relationship between them. The film, however, was promptly withdrawn from release and kept in the BFI’s national archive; Save the Children representatives at the time felt it subverted their aims. Banned until 2011, we are delighted to present the second ever public screening of this film.

After the screening Professor Matthew Hilton will lead a Q&A session with Juliano Fiori, Humanitarian Affairs Adviser from Save the Children.

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