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Student film show shines spotlight on religion in “Godless” Brighton

Born-again Christian rapper MC Tempo performing

Budding film-makers at the University of Sussex will premiere their work in a free public show in Brighton on Wednesday 8 September.

The screenings will showcase the films made by students on the MA in Digital Documentary degree.

The nine films cover an eclectic mix of topics, capturing the stories of real people and communities in Brighton and locations around the world.

Two films explore religion in Brighton and Hove, which, according to national census data, is statistically the 'UK's most Godless city'.

Facing Faith by Daisy Whicheloe follows a born-again Christian rapper on a 21st-century evangelising mission in Brighton.

Daisy said: "MC Tempo's Christian beliefs are very extreme... born again in his early twenties, he now raps strictly for God.

"The documentary explores 21st-century evangelism in Brighton, its boundaries, obstacles and disciples."

Another film, Chinese Missionary in UK, by Cheng Wang, tells the story of a Chinese missionary who preaches in Brighton. Cheng said: "After watching the documentary you will know more about young Chinese Christians in the UK."

The other films are:

  • Karnival by Marie Neirynck - A colourful insight into a major provincial carnival in Dunkirk, France
  • Set in Stone: a Town in Print by Tim Cooke - A poetic exploration of the media's portrayal of the "Suicide Town", Bridgend in South Wales
  • From Dawn Till Dusk by Basak Callioglu - The stories of three teenage girls (Turkish, Kurdish and Arabic) living in Turkey, and their roles in society as young women
  • Arjun's Destiny by Joni Easveld - A film capturing the thoughts of a young man as he searches for the perfect bride
  • Bian Lian (Changing Faces) by Hao (Rita) Haixia - A look at the mysterious and amazing Chinese art form of Changing Faces
  • Reviving the Notes by Lesedi Mogoatlh - A South African filmmaker takes a journey similar to that of the South African jazz band 'Blue Notes' in 1960s London
  • Stork by Agnes Strikaite - Stork reveals the incredible bond between a bird and a woman as well as the beauty and hardships of rural life in Lithuania.

The event takes place from 4.30pm to 10pm at the Brighton Media Centre in Middle Street. Entry is free and includes one drink from the bar and free snacks - a paid bar is available throughout.

For further information on all the films, and the student directors, go to the 2010 MA in Digital Documentary degree show website

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By: James Hakner
Last updated: Friday, 27 August 2010