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Reel to Real X The Stove Cafe: Frontline Folklore

August 2 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

Frontline Folklore | Ben Edge | 60 mins | English | UK
About the Film

inspired by a serendipitous experience in which artist Ben Edge stumbled across a Druid ceremony taking place on Tower Hill in central London, he has been researching the folklore and seasonal customs of the British Isles and was amazed to discover that there were such events taking place all over the Uk. Although he was not entirely conscience of it at the time, a new obsession had been born and he began travelling up and down the British Isles, extensively gathering source material and responding to his research through a new series of twenty paintings and a full length documentary film. 

This body of work titled ‘Frontline Folklore’ was exhibited alongside a carefully curated selection of objects from the influential set designer, Simon Costin’s remarkable ‘Museum of British Folklore’ collection at the Crypt gallery of the St Pancras new church throughout June 2021, in an exhibition titled ‘Ritual Britain’ that attracted over 10,000 visitors with extensive media coverage and viral exposure across social media.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Edge is predominately a figurative artist interested in folklore and story telling, whose paintings and film work depict the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. He believes his interests originate from his childhood, where he grew up around colourful and eccentric family members who would tell him remarkable stories. 

Special thanks to Ben Edge for his permission to share the film.

More about Ben Edge is available online HERE.

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ABOUT REEL TO REAL

Reel to Real Cinema is a monthly film space in the Stove Cafe, featuring an eclectic mixture of conversational films – from artist made shorts to feature length documentaries, locally made to international cinema. A space for discussion and thought-provoking films, you are welcome to join us after the film for a short discussion about the themes from this month’s selection. The Stove Cafe will be open from 5.30pm – 6:45pm with a special pre-film dinner option alongside hot drinks and cakes. 

Free Donations Welcome
100 High Street
Dumfries, DG1 2BJ United Kingdom
01387 252435
View Venue Website

Access Information: Level Access in rear of building through adjacent close to left-hand side of the Cafe (facing the front of the building). 
To ensure your experience with us is as best as it can be, please do let us know if you have any specific access requirements and we’d be happy to help. Please email Kevin or Sal on: [email protected] or phone 01387 252435 and speak with one of our team. 
We are able to provide walk-throughs of the building before attending our events as well as assign seating before your arrival. 

Reel to Real X The Stove Cafe: Queendom

July 5 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

person dressed in red with white striking face makeup with red background. White text overlayed with 'queendom'
Queendom | AGNIIA GALDANOVA| 2023 | 98MINS | russian | Us/France | 15

This month’s film for our Reel to Real Cinema programme is Agniia Galdanova’s award-winning documentary Queendom, which follows queer artist and drag activist Gena Marvin as she plays a dangerous game with non-conformity in Putin’s Russia—an intimate portrait of a radical performance that challenges pre-conceptions of beauty and queerness.

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About the Film

The world is one giant catwalk for intrepid 21-year-old Gena, who grew up in the Soviet-era industrial city of Magadan, built on top of an old gulag camp. She stages radical performances in supermarkets, metro stations and streets – wearing teetering heels and incredible, otherworldly homemade costumes – to bravely protest the oppression LGBTQ+ people face in Putin’s Russia. But as the conflict in Ukraine looms, and state-sanctioned intolerance grows, Gena’s lone rebellion comes at a high price.

Beautiful and atmospheric, Agniia Galdanova’s film explores and extends Gena’s inner universe, skilfully capturing the defiance and vulnerability of this young activist over the course of four years. Pitched somewhere between art and activism, documentary and science fiction, it’s a powerful reminder of the worrying regression of LGBTQ+ rights in Russia – and elsewhere across the globe – as well as the potential of individuals to presage a freer, more vibrant future.

ABOUT REEL TO REAL

Reel to Real Cinema is a monthly film space in the Stove Cafe, featuring an eclectic mixture of conversational films – from artist made shorts to feature length documentaries, locally made to international cinema. A space for discussion and thought-provoking films, you are welcome to join us after the film for a short discussion about the themes from this month’s selection. The Stove Cafe will be open from 5.30pm – 6:45pm with a special pre-film dinner option alongside hot drinks and cakes. 

Free Donations Welcome
100 High Street
Dumfries, DG1 2BJ United Kingdom
01387 252435
View Venue Website

Access Information: Level Access in rear of building through adjacent close to left-hand side of the Cafe (facing the front of the building). 
To ensure your experience with us is as best as it can be, please do let us know if you have any specific access requirements and we’d be happy to help. Please email Kevin or Sal on: [email protected] or phone 01387 252435 and speak with one of our team. 
We are able to provide walk-throughs of the building before attending our events as well as assign seating before your arrival. 

Reel to Real X The Stove Cafe: Limbo

June 7 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

LIMBO | Ben Sharrock | 2020 | 104 MINS | English, ARABIC| UK

Ahead of this year’s Refugee Week (17th– 23rd June 2024), we are hosting a screening of Limbo, a melancholic comedy from Ben Sharrock in which a Syrian asylum-seeker finds himself in a purgatorial state on a remote Scottish island.

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About the Film

Limbo is a wry and poignant cross-cultural satire that subtly sews together the hardship and hope of the refugee experience. Set on a fictional remote Scottish island, it follows a group of new arrivals as they await the results of their asylum claims. Among them is Omar (Amir El-Masry), a young Syrian musician struggling with the guilt, regret and grief that comes with leaving his former life behind.

This deadpan comedy-drama from a bold new voice in British cinema shines a light on the hearts and lives of those at the centre of a crisis that is often experienced through news headlines alone.

About Reel to Real

Reel to Real Cinema is a monthly film space in the Stove Cafe, featuring an eclectic mixture of conversational films – from artist made shorts to feature length documentaries, locally made to international cinema. A space for discussion and thought-provoking films, you are welcome to join us after the film for a short discussion about the themes from this month’s selection. The Stove Cafe will be open from 5.30pm – 6:45pm with a special pre-film dinner option alongside hot drinks and cakes. 

Free Donations Welcome
100 High Street
Dumfries, DG1 2BJ United Kingdom
01387 252435
View Venue Website

Access Information: Level Access in rear of building through adjacent close to left-hand side of the Cafe (facing the front of the building). 
To ensure your experience with us is as best as it can be, please do let us know if you have any specific access requirements and we’d be happy to help. Please email Kevin or Sal on: [email protected] or phone 01387 252435 and speak with one of our team. 
We are able to provide walk-throughs of the building before attending our events as well as assign seating before your arrival. 

Reel to Real X The Stove Cafe: Slingshot Hip Hop

May 3 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

Slingshot HipHop | Jacqueline Reem Salloum | 2008 | 83 mins | Arabic,English, Hebrew, subtitled | Palestine/US

This month we are joined by artist Alice Francis and members of the Dumfries Palestinian Support Group for a documentary film screening sharing the story of young hip hop artists breaking through the borders that separate them and using their music as a tool to surmount divisions.

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About the Film

Slingshot Hip Hop is a feature length documentary that braids together the stories of young Palestinians living in Gaza, the West Bank and inside Israel as they discover Hip Hop and employ it as a tool to surmount divisions imposed by occupation and poverty. From internal checkpoints and Separation Walls to gender norms and generational differences, this is the story of young people crossing the borders that separate them. Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival and later screening on the Sundance Channel, Slingshot has been shown globally winning over 13 awards and is used in classrooms as an educational tool in the Middle East.

About Reel to Real

Reel to Real Cinema is a monthly film space in the Stove Cafe, featuring an eclectic mixture of conversational films – from artist made shorts to feature length documentaries, locally made to international cinema. A space for discussion and thought-provoking films, you are welcome to join us after the film for a short discussion about the themes from this month’s selection. The Stove Cafe will be open from 5.30pm – 6:45pm with a special pre-film dinner option alongside hot drinks and cakes. 

Free Donations Welcome
100 High Street
Dumfries, DG1 2BJ United Kingdom
01387 252435
View Venue Website

Access Information: Level Access in rear of building through adjacent close to left-hand side of the Cafe (facing the front of the building). 
To ensure your experience with us is as best as it can be, please do let us know if you have any specific access requirements and we’d be happy to help. Please email Kevin or Sal on: [email protected] or phone 01387 252435 and speak with one of our team. 
We are able to provide walk-throughs of the building before attending our events as well as assign seating before your arrival. 

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