Join us for a special screening of the acclaimed documentary I am Samuel, exclusively for Conduit Members. Presented in collaboration with Doc Society.
Shot verité-style over the course of five years, I Am Samuel is a portrait of a young Kenyan man, Samuel, struggling to find his place in a conservative and unforgiving country. In Kenya’s constantly shifting political landscape, Director Peter Murimi’s aim was to examine the existing tensions between conventional Kenyan culture and that of queer love.
Informed by centuries of tradition, Kenya is a country with a strict template on what it means to be a man. Murimi expertly shifts between the camaraderie, friendship, and ultimately love, that Samuel discovers in the bustling urban capital and the intolerant, religious communities of rural Kenya where he grew up. Despite the fact that Kenyan laws criminalize anyone who identifies as LGBTQ+, Samuel’s love with his partner Alex thrives and the two move between their co-existing worlds, seeking acceptance and safety.
The event is a special opportunity to meet and explore the issues the film uncovers alongside a panel of guest speakers including the film’s director Peter Murimi, Conduit Impact Champion Bisi Alimi and Rob Berkeley, Chair of the Board for Doc Society Charitable Trustees.
Peter Murimi is a multiple award-winning Kenyan TV documentary director focusing on hard-hitting social issues, from extra-judicial killings to prostitution. He recently won the 2019 Rory Peck award for a news feature about suicide. His first major win was the CNN Africa Journalist of the Year Award for his intimate documentary about Female Genital Mutilation among his Kuria community, “Walk to Womanhood” (2004). Another ground-breaking project was the film “Slum Survivors” (2007), filmed in the Kenyan capital, which won an award at the Czech Tur Ostrava film festival. Peter was a producer/ director for Al Jazeera’s Africa Investigates strand, which exposes crime and corruption, with credits including “Spell of the Albino” (2011) and “Zimbabwe’s Child Exodus” (2011).
Bisi Alimi is the Founder and Executive Director of the Bisi Alimi Foundation. He is an “Angelic Troublemaker Incarnate” and an internationally renowned researcher, public speaker, policy analyst, television pundit, campaigner and community builder with expertise in sexual health and human and LGBT rights. In 2004, Alimi was the first Nigerian to openly declare his sexuality on national television, which led to threats to his life and his resulting move to the United Kingdom where he was a refugee until he was granted British citizenship in December 2014. He has engaged with the media for social change ever since.
Rob Berkeley is the Lead Organiser of BlkOutUK.com, a community-owned media platform, workspace and collaboration hub for and by Black bi/gay/trans men. He recently completed a stint advising the BBC on accountability and audience engagement, alongside volunteering on the boards of the Baring Foundation and Doc Society. Rob previously served on the boards of LGBT rights charity Stonewall, the Equality and Diversity Forum, and he has been Chair of sexual health organisation, Naz Project (NPL), as well as Exec Director of the racial justice think-tank Runnymede Trust (2009-14). Continuing his academic writing on education, social justice and community organising, Rob was recently appointed Simon Industrial Fellow at the University of Manchester. He has lectured across the UK and beyond, and written for national newspapers on social justice and movement-building. His current fixation on new forms of community ownership, co-production, AI and digital tech and their potential for social justice means that he spends a lot of time on his phone and calls it ‘research’. Dr Berkeley was awarded an MBE in 2015 for services to equality.
Join Afghan politician, journalist and a prominent Muslim feminist Shukria Barakzai as she reflects on the future of Afghanistan, 5 months since she fled the nation following the dramatic takeover by the Taliban.
We all want our 2022s to be better than our 2021s. And we can make sure we can, if we think hard about what "Success" means for us both professionally and personally.
The pandemic has made us think deeply about what really matters to us. Just copying other people's versions of Success no longer feels enough, but it's often what we end up doing because of the "Comparison Culture" that surrounds us. And also because we aren't clear enough about our own goals.
In this engaging, interactive workshop, bestselling author and leading motivation expert Sharath Jeevan will help us rethink what a successful 2022 could look like, helping us be clearer in defining and achieving our success goals - and being happier, more fulfilled and more successful in the process. Sharath's previous workshop at the Conduit drew rave reviews.
The need for the world to shift from a linear, take-make-waste economy to a circular economy is becoming more compelling every day, and nowhere is this transition more urgent than in the fashion industry. But how will the fashion industry, and fast fashion in particular, make this transition?”
Join us for our inaugural Winemakers Dinner! An intimate evening exploring the wines from Austrian winemaker, Nittnaus. Paired with a bespoke three-course menu and hosted by Friarwood Wines, this a chance for members to come together in an informal setting, to discover, taste and enjoy.
More than 200 million girls and women across the globe have undergone FGM, that’s over 1 in 20 girls and women in the world. Yet this is an issue that is entirely solvable. So what can we do? Join our expert panel, alongside FGM activists tuning in from across Africa, to discuss how we can harness the power of media to bring an end to FGM by 2030.
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Join us for an evening of discovery, as our friends at Small Beer introduce you to their range of five classic beer styles, all below 2.8%. Each beer will be expertly paired with a bespoke selection of Neal’s Yard Cheeses.
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