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BAFTA-winning director inspires staff and students

Ken Loach during the Oxford Brookes Human Rights Festival 2017

Fresh from winning a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award (BAFTA), Director Ken Loach visited Oxford Brookes in March to kick-off the Oxford Human Rights Festival.

The Festival is in its 15th year and has become a significant event at the University.

“It’s interesting to be opening a festival on human rights with this film because we’re accustomed to thinking of human rights as being an issue in other countries.”

Ken came along to introduce a screening of his multi award-winning film I, Daniel Blake (2015) and delivered a Q&A session in conversation with Paul Inman, Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University. The popular event drew a crowd of over 300 people, including University staff and students as well as members of the public.

Speaking at the Q&A, Ken said: “It’s interesting to be opening a festival on human rights with this film because we’re accustomed to thinking of human rights as being an issue in other countries.”

Photograph by Mark Bassett

The 2018 Oxford Human Rights Festival runs from 12-17 March at Oxford Brookes.
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