Welcome to #IDEASFilmFestival 2018: Rethinking Development!

This edition presents the opportunity to bring students, researchers, social entrepreneurs and all other change-makers together around international development, yet with a twist: using cinema as a stimulating starting point.

Each day includes a film screening addressing a current theme in development, followed by an event that will inspire conversations or hands-on practice around governance, technology, education and gender equality.

Bring your questions, friends and energy for a festival packed with stimulating films and the open space to pose questions, rethink current approaches to development and create new ways of bringing about meaningful social innovation.

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

N.B. – This event is free of charge.

Programme & Film Synopses:

// Monday, 19th February
18.00 – 19.00: Screening – ‘Dinner with the President’ (Pakistan)
19.00 – 20.30: ‘Does democracy always equal development?’ – a panel discussion and Q&A with Dr Cathy Elliott (UCL School of Public Policy), Dr Michael Walls (UCL Bartlett Development Planning Unit) and Areeq Chowdhury (Founder and Chief Executive at WebRoots Democracy)

[‘Dinner with the President’ (2007), by Sachithanandam Sathananthan and Sabiha Sumar, is a collection of on-the-street interviews and conversations around democracy and Musharraf’s presidency in Pakistan.]

// Wednesday, 21st February
18.00 – 19.00: Screening – ‘Solar Mamas’ (India & Jordan)
19.00 – 20.30: ‘Technology, energy & development’ – a workshop and conversation with Engineers Without Borders *Cancelled*

[‘Solar Mamas’ (2012), by Mona Eldaief and Jehane Noujaim, follows the story of Rafea, a Bedouin engineer who returns to her village in Jordan after attending the solar energy programme at Barefoot College in India.]

// Friday, 23rd February
18.00 – 19.30: Screening – ‘Happiness’ (Bhutan)
19.30 – 20.30: ‘Rethinking development’ – an IDEAS Globally workshop on social enterprise for international development
20.30 – Late: Closing evening reception

[‘Happiness’ (2014), by Thomas Balmès, captures the story of Peyangki, a young Bhutanese monk who witnesses the impact of television and the Internet after they are approved in his home country.]