Culture in Conflict

Each year, Culture in Conflict screens a short season of distinctive films that challenge religious, social and political oppression. They raise issues that affect us all and are directly relevant to our diverse communities in Luton. This year, there are two films about clashes between eastern and western cultures (Dheepan and Sonita) and two about the shortcomings of western social and financial systems (The Big Short and I, Daniel Blake).

Guest speakers will introduce the films and lead audience discussions after the screenings. Expect controversy and lively debate.

Groups of 10+ can enjoy £2 tickets for all screenings. 

Culture in Conflict: Migration

Thu 2 Feb, 6.30pm, The Hat Factory Arts Centre

A Sri Lankan Tamil warrior flees to France and ends up working as a caretaker outside Paris. Winner Palme D'Or, Cannes 2015.

Age guidance: 15+


Culture in Conflict: Migration

Thu 9 Feb, 6.30pm, The Hat Factory Arts Centre

After her family attempts to sell her into marriage, a young Afghan refugee in Iran channels her frustrations and seizes her destiny through music. Winner of Grand Jury Prize, Seattle 2016.

Age guidance: PG


Culture in Conflict: Capitalism
The Big Short

Thu 16 Feb, 6.30pm, The Hat Factory Arts Centre

Four denizens in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight.

Age guidance: 15+


Culture in Conflict: Capitalism
I, Daniel Blake

Thu 23 Feb, 6.30pm, The Hat Factory Arts Centre

A middle aged carpenter who requires state welfare after injuring himself, is joined by a single mother in a similar scenario. Directed by Ken Loach. Winner Palme D'Or, Cannes 2016.

Running time: 100 minutes

Age guidance: 15+