As the crisp weather well and truly sets in, here at Together Films, we are ready to get festive! So bye-bye November and hello December – the promise of mulled wine and roaring pub fires is in the air….
So first thing’s first – A very warm and happy Thanksgiving to our US-based friends, employees, supporters and activists – especially those championing indigenous voices as November is National Native American History month. We’re feeling grateful for YOU and all the incredible people we’re lucky enough to work alongside.
And while we’re on the topic of gratitude, this month finally brought a number of in-person events. Events that we’ve yearned for over the past couple of years.
More on that further down… Read on to find out more.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK!
For the first time since 2019 our founder and CEO Sarah Mosses touched down in the Big Apple Sarah made the trip after being chosen for DOC NYC’s Documentary New Leaders initiative and had the opportunity to visit old friends and colleagues, and make new connections. Her highlights include:
- Writing with Fire at DOC NYC – a powerful account of female journalists in India, it’s Sarah’s one-to-watch come awards season.
- Meeting up with friends at Impact Partners and Represent Justice to hear about how the US impact landscape is evolving.
- Attending the inspiring Visionaries Luncheon to honour documentary legends including Chi-hui Yang from the Ford Foundation.
No doubt there will be more Together Films trips to come in 2022, so watch this space for future NYC meetups
THROUGH THE NIGHT
Back on this side of the pond, Loira Limbal’s Through The Night arrrived in UK cinemas on November 12th. We’ve been really excited to bring this poignant, timely and important story to cinema screens, and can think of no better way to return to live events than hosting the UK launch at the iconic Ritzy Cinema in Brixton. Following the film, a panel of three inspirational women led by Nina Malone (founder of Dope Black Mums) discussed their experience of motherhood and caregiving in the UK. The atmosphere in the room was one of pure love and support – giving mothers the space to let go of the guilt of not being able to do it all.
November saw some important developments in the Lanier v Harvard case. This landmark legal battle is the subject of Free Renty, a documentary supported by the Ford Foundation, which premiered at GlobeDocs last month. Free Renty follows the story of Tamara Lanier, an African American woman determined to force Harvard to cede possession of daguerreotypes of her great-great-great grandfather. We’ll be supporting the powerful documentary over the coming months – find out how you can endorse Tamara’s lawsuit to #FreeRenty here and watch some excerpts from this month’s hearings here.
THINGS WE'VE CONSUMED THIS MONTH...
- Our brilliant Isy Barrs participated in the SOHOLIFF Responsible Film: Activism and the Environment panel. You can catch up on it right here.
- Britney Spears was finally freed from her conservatorship following thet #FreeBritney campaign.You can watch the Britney Vs Spears documentary on Netflix.
- With COP 26 all wrapped up, you can find a roundup of the key outcomes and the articles we’ve been reading following the summit here.
- Sweet Bobby is the podcast everyone is talking about, and here at TF we’re hooked too. Listen to this incredible piece of investigative journalism about a 10 year long catfisher.
- This fascinating long read in Fast Company – a deep dive into Riz Ahmed’s work ethic, and how as a multi-hyphenate creative, he finds hours in the day for his ventures.