I am (not) a monster and Nelly Ben Hayoun join Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival!


Dorset's annual Tolpuddle Festival is moving online, including its seminal Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival. I am (not) a monster" and director Nelly Ben Hayoun join Tolpuddle's online programme this year, taking their place among a string of exciting "proto-professional, activist, films made by UK and European film-makers"!

"I am (not) a monster" will be screening on Friday the 17th of July at 5:30pm BST as part of this free programme - all you need to do is turn up to the screening room five minutes beforehand. The screening will be preceded by screenings of short films entered into the Small Axe Film Competition and followed by an online discussion between audience members and director Nelly.

For more details about the Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival, follow this link to its website. A detailed programme can be found here.

I Am (Not) A Monster Short Synopsis:

In this impossible journey searching for the origins of knowledge, discover how our thinking and actions can render monsters. A most urgent film unravelling some of the reasons why Trump, Le Pen and others have captured people’s imaginations by reviving past ideologies. To find our more about the film I am (Not) a Monster head to our website here.

I Am (Not) A Monster Featuring:

  • Noam Chomsky Philosopher and Professor of Linguistics
  • Nadezhda Andreyevna Tolokonnikova Activist Pussy Riot
  • Magid Magid Former Member of the European Parliament
  • Arjun Appadurai Hannah Arendt’s Student and Professor of Anthropology,
  • Efrem Amare Director of The National Museum of Ethiopia
  • Neil Harbisson Cyborg Artist
  • Tosa Novmichi of Maywa Denki Nonsense Artist
  • Hisa Uzawa Noh Theatre Lead Performer, Japan’s Living National Treasure
  • Richard Bernstein Hannah Arendt’s Student and Professor, The New School
  • Roger Berkowitz Director of the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities, Bard College
  • Hiroshi Ishiguro Director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory
  • Leon Botstein Hannah Arendt’s Student and President of Bard College
  • Shishido Hiroyuki Shinto Priest and Rapper
  • Brewster Kahle Director of the Internet Archive
  • Metasebia Endalamaw Curator of The National Museum of Ethiopia 
  • Kanjuro Kiritake II Bunraku Puppetry Master, Japan’s Living National Treasure
  • Adrienn Almásy Curator in the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan, The British Museum
  • Allan McRobie Professor in Engineering, Cambridge University
  • Samantha Hill Assistant Director of the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities
  • Erica Humanoid
  • Hiroshi Ishiguro Humanoid
  • Sarah Steele VR Program Manager at Google
  • Zachary Lieberman Founder of the School for Poetic Computation
  • Takako Furukawa Hypnotherapist

About Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival

A festival in Tolpuddle to celebrate the story of the 6 martyrs has been running in one form or another since 1875. In it’s present form the festival was developed in 1997 by Nigel Costley the then newly appointed South West TUC Regional Secretary, with the help of Dick Muskett from the Workers Beer Company. Today the festival ranks with The Durham Miners Gala and Levellers Day in Burford, Oxfordshire, as one the key summer events in the annual calendar of the UK Left.

In 2014 the formation of The Radical Film Network and Public Domain Productions coincided with the restoration of the Vintage Mobile Cinema and collaboration with GorillaCinema to make the ambition for film at Tolpuddle into a reality.So in 2014 The Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival was founded by Chris Jury Of Public Domain and Reuben Irving from Gorilla Cinema / University of Worcester.

Due to the Covid-19 crisis and the cancellation of the Tolpuddle Festival in Dorset, the 2020 Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival is taking place entirely online. The screenings are all free and can be viewed from anywhere in the world.

The Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival is unique in the UK in that it is funded entirely by trade unionists and the trade union movement.

If you or your trade union, branch or local trade council can help then donations can be paid directly in to our bank account via an online BACS:

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Cash or cheques can be sent to Chris Jury, Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival, 48 New Street, Shipston-On-Stour, Warwickshire. CV36 4EN. (Cheques payable to: Public Domain Arts & Media CLIC)