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The 8x8 Documentary Film Festival takes place on DCU campus between the 21st of October and the 25th of October. 8x8 is a new and exciting documentary film festival that features an explosive line up of world class documentary features that will get your brain firing, your blood boiling and your heart racing. The festival brings to life 8 of the most pressing issues of our generation through storytelling in a way that will challenge you to sit up, stand up and want to take action. Among the films being screened are Oscar nominees Waste Land and Five Broken Cameras and recentlypremiered Here Was Cuba as well as the fascinating More Than Honey and the inspiring story of photo journalist Tim Hetherington in Which Way is the Front Line from Here? Read more about the range of films in this programme! Throughout the festival there will be workshops and panel discussions, and there will be special guest appearances from the producers of Town of Runners, Dan Demissie and Which Way is the Front Line from Here?, James Brabazon.

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Fire in the Blood

Give us the Money


Director: Dylan mohan gray Film length: 87 minutes country: inDia year oF release: 2013

Director: Bosse linDquist Film length: 58 minutes country: sweDen year oF release: 2012

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An intricate tale of ‘medicine, monopoly and malice’, Fire in the Blood tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south - causing ten million or more unnecessary deaths - and the improbable group of people who decided to fight back. Shot on four continents and including contributions from global figures such as Bill Clinton, Desmond Tutu and Joseph Stiglitz, Fire in the Blood is the never-beforetold true story of the remarkable coalition which came together to stop ‘the Crime of the Century’ and save millions of lives in the process. As the film makes clear, however, this story is by no means over. With dramatic past victories having given way to serious setbacks engineered far from public view, the real fight for access to life-saving medicine is almost certainly just beginning.

From Live Aid to Make Poverty History, celebrities have become activists against poverty. Bob Geldof and Bono have been the most prominent of celebrity voices advocating on behalf of the poor. The divisive duo have been criticised by some for over simplifying issues and failing to challenge the fundamental causes of poverty, while also being praised by others for saving lives and bringing an awareness of poverty to a new audience and a new generation. Geldof and Bono speak candidly about their work and the move from raising money to raising awareness and lobbying. This critical look at their work, including interviews with both supporters and critics such as Bill Gates and Dambisa Moyo, raises big questions about the role of the west in development, the dangers of oversimplifying complex issues and the legacy of perpetuating stereotypes.

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Here Was Cuba

Living on One Dollar

Director: emer reynolDs, John murray Film length: 78 minutes country: irelanD year oF release: 2013

Director: Zach ingrasci, sean leonarD, chris temple Film length: 56 minutes country: usa, guatemala year oF release: 2013

Here Was Cuba tells the inside story of the Cuban Missile Crisis and how in October 1962 the earth teetered on the very brink of nuclear holocaust. In the first major feature documentary on the subject, featuring revealing interviews with key witnesses and experts including Sergei Khrushchev, son of the former Soviet premier and Kennedy’s trusted advisor Ted Sorensen, the film brings to life the three iconic characters, Kennedy, Castro and Khrushchev, and reveals how the world’s most powerful men fell into an abyss of their own making and what courage and luck it took to climb out again. With nuclear brinkmanship high on the international agenda today, the events of October 1962 hold invaluable lessons for a generation too young to remember just how close we came to the end. ‘Nuclear catastrophe was hanging by a thread... and we weren’t counting days or hours, but minutes.’

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How do 1.1 billion people live on less than one dollar a day? Their desire to understand this reality leads four American university students to spend just 56 dollars each for 56 days in rural Pena Blanca, Guatemala. They battle E.Coli, financial stress, and the realisation that there are no easy answers. Yet, the generosity and strength of their neighbours gives them hope. They return home transformed and embark on a mission to share their experience with other students, inspiring and challenging their generation to make a difference.

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DCU SCHEDULE monDay 21 oct

weDnesDay 23 oct

Film Production workshop with Dan Demissie

Rafea: Solar Mama

Producer of Town of Runners The Hub 1-2pm

The Hub 12-1.45pm

More Than Honey The Hub 2-3.45pm

Waste Land The Hub 6.30-8.30pm

Town of Runners Followed by Q&A with producer Dan Demissie The Hub 6.30-9pm

tuesDay 22 oct

thursDay 24 oct Reporting from Conflict Zones Workshop with James Brabazon Producer of Which Way is the Front Line from Here?: The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington The Hub 1-2pm

Here Was Cuba: A Cautionary Tale

Living On One Dollar

The Hub 12.30-2pm

The Hub 6.30-7.45pm

Give Us the Money

Which Way is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington

Followed by Panel Discussion The Hub 6.30-9pm

Fire in the Blood Followed by panel discussion The Hub 6.30-9.15pm

Followed by Q&A with producer James Brabazon The Hub 6.30-9.30pm

FriDay 25 oct Five Broken Cameras The Hub 12.30-1.45pm

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CREDITS 8x8 Documentary Film Festival is presented by: Suas Educational Development DCU Suas Society

in partnership with: DCU Office of Student Life DCU Students Union

supported by: Irish Aid Europe Aid This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union and Irish Aid. The content of this publication are the sole responsibility of Suas can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union or Irish Aid.

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Rafea: Solar Mama Director: mona elDaieF, Jehane nouJaim Film length: 75 minutes countries: usa, Denmark, egypt year oF release: 2012

Rafea is a Bedouin woman who lives with her daughters in one of Jordan’s poorest desert villages on the Iraqi border. She is given a chance to travel to India to attend the Barefoot College, where illiterate women from around the world are trained in 6 months to be solar engineers. If Rafea succeeds, she will be able to electrify her village, train more engineers, and provide for her daughters. Even when she returns as the first female solar engineer in the country, her real challenge will have just begun. Will she find support for her new venture? Will she be able to inspire the other women in the village to join her and change their lives? And most importantly, will she be able to re-wire the traditional minds of the Bedouin community that stand in her way?

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Town of Runners Director: Jerry rothwell Film length: 80 minutes countries: ethiopia, uk year oF release: 2012

Town of Runners is a feature documentary about young runners from Bekoji - an Ethiopian highland town which has produced some of the world’s greatest distance athletes, including Tirunesh Dibaba, Kenenisa Bekele and Derartu Tulu. Bekoji holds few opportunities for young people beyond subsistence agriculture, particularly for girls. Only a small percentage of girls in the town will move from primary to secondary education and many will marry very young. The film tells the story of two young girls, Alemi and Hawii, for whom athletics offers the chance of a different life. Narrated by their friend Biruk the film follows their highs and lows over three years as they try to become professional athletes. Through their struggle, the film gives a unique insight into the ambitions of young Ethiopians living between tradition and the modern world.

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Waste Land Director: karen harley, Joan JarDim, lucy walker Film length: 99 minutes countries: BraZil, uk year oF release: 2010

Wasteland is an uplifting feature documentary highlighting the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit. Filmed over nearly three years, the film follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of catadores - Recycling Pickers, who sort through garbage finding recyclables as a means of survival. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives.

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Which Way is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington Director: seBastian Junger Film length: 78 minutes country: usa year oF release: 2013

Shortly after the release of his documentary Restrepo, photographer Tim Hetherington was killed by mortar fire in Libya, where he’d been covering the civil war. Sebastian Junger traces his close friend and colleague’s work across the world’s battlefields to reveal how he transcended the boundaries of image-making to become a luminary in his profession. Hetherington documented the experience of war from the perspective of the individual, mostly in West Africa and the Middle East. His stunning photographic work, whether of child soldiers on the frontlines or intimate portraits of sleeping American servicemen in a combat outpost, earned him several major awards, including four World Press prizes. The film also conveys the incredible risks of the combat journalists’ profession, at a time when they are dying with greater and greater frequency in war zones.

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Five Broken Cameras Director: guy DaviDi, emaD Burnat Film length: 94 minutes countries: palestine, israel, France, netherlanDs year oF release: 2011

When his son Gibreel is born in 2005, Emad Burnat, a Palestinian villager, gets his first camera. At the same time, people in his village begin to resist the construction of a separation barrier that will consume their farmlands and Burnat films this non-violent struggle. Daily arrests, violent attacks, destruction, and loss of life scare his family as the protesters are shot at and detained by police. As Emad documents these events, one camera after another is smashed – and each camera becomes a chapter in his struggle.

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More than Honey Director: markus imhooF Film length: 95 minutes countries: switZerlanD, germany, austria year oF release: 2012

Over the past fifteen years, numerous colonies of bees have been decimated throughout the world. The causes of this disaster haven’t yet been established. Between 50% and 90% of the bees have disappeared. This epidemic, of colossal violence and breadth, is spreading from beehive to beehive all over the planet. Why does this matter? Without bees, there is no pollinisation, meaning fruits and vegetables could disappear from the face of the Earth. Einstein predicted that “If bees were to disappear from the globe mankind would only have four years left to live.”

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Beyond 8x8... 8x8 is part of Global Campus, a three-year initiative led by Suas Educational Development that aims to enable students to get more involved with global development issues and taking action for change. Global Campus follows a national survey of third level students, conducted by Suas in 2012, which found that although 85% of students think it is important to take action on global development issues, only 20% felt confident in their ability to bring about change on these issues. In 2013/2014, in addition to 8x8 and, Suas is providing the following opportunities for students to get involved with global development issues: Global Issues Course: The Global Issues Course is an interactive evening course delivered by experienced facilitators and designed to give participants an overview of a range of global development issues. Topics addressed include poverty, education, health, gender equality, environmental sustainability and migration. The course takes place one evening a week for seven weeks on campus. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with professionals from Irish development NGOs as well as fellow participants. Overseas Volunteer Programme: The Overseas Volunteer Programme gives students the opportunity to support the education of children in our Partner schools in India and Kenya, while also developing their own leadership and teamwork skills and understanding of global issues. Based on the belief that leadership is best learned through service to others, the programme sets out to equip students to take further action for change on their return to Ireland. Suas is also developing an In-Ireland Volunteer Programme, which will be launched in Spring 2014. Find out more about all of these activities through the DCU Suas Society and apply online at

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aBout suas eDucational Development:


Suas is a movement that supports quality education in disadvantaged communities in Ireland and in Developing Countries. We believe in the power of education to create real and lasting positive social change, at both individual and community levels, and we work with partners to develop, deliver, monitor and evaluate quality education programmes in Ireland, India and Kenya. But education isn’t just important in areas of disadvantage. Education for all members of society about how the world works and why huge social inequality still exists in a world of wealth is critical to create social change as well. That’s where the 8X8 film festival and come in. In order for social change to be realised, we need a mass movement of people behind it, engaging with it, supporting it and acting for it. is a new project of Suas Educational Development that seeks to give students a voice on development issues. Developed by students for students, stand. ie is a dynamic website that contains articles with diverse and sometimes even opposing viewpoints on the big issues that shape and influence our everchanging world and promotes development-themed events of possible interest to students. At the core of is the belief that real change can be achieved and that students are important actors in making change happen.

Suas Educational Development 10-12 Hogan Place, Dublin 2 e: t: +353 1 662 1400

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