Can I Live? Film Screening & Panel Discussion (hosted by IGB)
November 19, 2023
03:00 pm - 05:15 pm
21 Ladywell Walk - Arcadian
Southside District, Birmingham City Centre, United Kingdom, B5 4ST
Inclusive Gathering Birmingham presents a screening of Complicite’s rap theatre film Can I Live? which was conceived, written and performed by actor and activist Fehinti Balogun.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Fehinti Balogun (actor/ creator of Can I Live?), Juice Aleem (a leading figure in British Hip Hop), David Benjamin Blower (folk artist, musician, theologian and activist), Daniel Blyden (Facilitator, Climate Activist – Civic Square), Samia Alexandra (Facilitator/ Climate Activist), Dr Naomi Bennett-Steele (Scientist/ Climate Activist).
Why don’t we talk about it? Fehinti Balogun asks this urgent question and offers an invitation in Can I Live?, a vital new digital performance about the climate catastrophe, sharing his personal journey into the biggest challenge of our times. Weaving his story with spoken word, rap, theatre, animation and the scientific facts, Fehinti charts a course through the fundamental issues underpinning the emergency, identifying the intimate relationship between the environmental crisis & the global struggle for social justice, and sharing how, as a young Black British man, he has found his place in the climate movement.
This Birmingham screening of Can I Live? on 19th November will be hosted by Inclusive Gathering Birmingham at Ibis Hotel (Arcadian) – IGB is a diverse, LGBTQIA+ affirming, justice-seeking church that is based in Birmingham City Centre’s Southside District.
Following the screening, a panel of Birmingham-based artists, activists, politicians and theologians will be invited to reflect on the film and discuss their own experiences of activism and responding to injustice within the social location of our city and region.
Refreshments will be provided.
In the face of a sense of helplessness about the climate catastrophe, Can I Live? is an outstretched hand, inviting audiences to recognise they are not alone – and that through understanding the issues and connecting with the many powerful activists around the globe driving change, we can find a sense of hope for the future.
A Complicité production in association with the Barbican, London, supported by Doc Society and Oxford Playhouse. Supported by Arts Council England and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Running Time: 60 mins | Suitable for ages 12+
Content information: contains some flashing images, some strong language, explores themes of racism, classism and describes some violence.
Ibis Hotel is at 21 Ladywell Walk (opposite Chung Ying Restaurant).
We’ll have friendly people and signs to point you in the right direction.
The Ibis is wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets.
Ibis is a 5 minute walk from New Street Station and city centre Bus Routes.
There is parking in Ibis’ underground lot (£8 all day) and if that is full the APCOA multi-story lot is directly across the street (£9 for 3 hours).
This video shows how to find us at Ibis from New Street station and also explains access. https://youtu.be/YRr-mtt7hX0?si=VF6S3BqQ7n1_iE0B
If there is anything we can do to make it easier for you to join in, please let us know!