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Preview: I Am (Not) a Monster

+ Q&A with director Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stépanian

Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stépanian travels the world in search of learning and knowledge.

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UK 2019
Dir Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stépanian
98min
Digital
Certificate tbc

Starting with the thoughts of political theorist Hannah Arendt, Ben Hayoun-Stépanian (founder of the University of the Underground) travels the world to meet a variety of people and organisations including Magid Magid, Lord Mayor of Sheffield at the time, Pussy Riot activist Nadya Tolokonnikova, philosophers, alternative schools and many more. She ponders on the ownership and plurality of our thoughts, and the means by which freedom of learning and innovative education can exist in contemporary times. The result is a joyful potpourri of ideas and alternative thinking, propelled by a thrilling soundtrack of Ethiopian hip hop. Asserting that the need for change has never been more urgent, I Am (Not) a Monster is an ambitious yet accessible activist outcry: ‘knowledge is power’.


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