In a couple of weeks’ time, Right Now Film Festival will return to UK cinemas, bringing six thought-provoking, establishment-challenging documentaries to our silver screens. From Black Lives Matter to Brexit, the hottest potatoes of news, current affairs and global injustice are put firmly under the microscope, giving exposure to films not normally afforded a look-in by mainstream cinema.
For the first time, Inverness’ very own Eden Court will be hosting three screenings from the 24th to the 27th of March. Those with an interest in keeping their finger anywhere near the pulse and in engaging with the timeliest, most relevant issues of today would do well to come along and catch one of these three titles:
This coming-of-age documentary takes as its subject matter 17-year-old Daje Shelton, who must juggle the normal pressures of teenage life with spiralling gun violence and the persecution of her race by the US police force. A microcosm of what it means to be a black person growing up in America, this important film questions whether it really is the land of opportunity for all.
Christopher Kelly / Cambodia, UK / 2016 / 120 mins
Modern-day Cambodia is an ever-evolving, often violent place to be. Shot over a six-year period, this documentary from debut filmmaker Christopher Kelly looks at how the developing situation affects the lives of three individuals. It’s a touching, intimate portrayal of contemporary Cambodian life and a unique insight into a turbulent country which asks what it truly means to fight for your beliefs.
Theo Anthony / USA / 2016 / 82 mins
Ever heard how you’re never more than 10ft from a rat? This clever documentary uses the ubiquity of rats and the almost universal aversion to their presence to make broader comments about how the city of Baltimore deals with its own unwanted elements. Featuring interviews with those who both love and loathe the rats, Rat Film is an original and insightful examination of marginalisation.