Sunday, 17 January 2021

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United Nations Cinema is coming to the British Museum!

This autumn, for the first time, United Nations Cinema is partnering with the British Museum. We're bringing you two unmissable film screenings as part of a new exhibition opening in September, guest curated by the journalist, satirist, writer and broadcaster Ian Hislop, called I, Object.

Queen of Ireland, UN Cinema screening, London, 2018

The Queen of Ireland + an audience with Rory O'Neill: September 21st. To register for the event, click here 

Following Rory’s journey from the small Mayo town of Ballinrobe to striding the world stage as an icon for LGBT rights, the film takes us behind the scenes with his alter ego Panti in the year she became the symbol of Ireland’s march towards marriage equality. Check out the Facebook event here

the Poetess, film poster

The Poetess: October 21st. To register for the event, click here

The inspiring story of a woman risking her personal safety and seizing an opportunity, live on TV in front of 75 million viewers, to use her wit and lyricism to critique patriarchal society and religious extremism, and to urge a more peaceful Islam. Check out the Facebook event here.


Special Guests

Our screenings are always followed by a panel discussion with special guests. As a thank you for being on our mailing list, we're giving you a preview of who will be joining us at the British Museum!


Rory O'Neill rory oneill london
The star of the Queen of Ireland and creator of Panti Bliss. 

Rory O'Neill grew up in County Mayo, Ireland, and has since become a national figure campaigning for LGBT+ rights. Panti is also an accidental activist and in her own words ‘a court jester, whose role is to say the un-sayable’. Since the 2014 scandal around Pantigate, his fight for equality and against homophobia has become recognised across the world. You can watch an interview we did with Rory here.


claude cahn londonClaude Cahn
Human Rights Adviser, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Claude Cahn has worked for OHCHR since 2009. His current work involves safeguarding human rights in the context of the arrival of heightened numbers of migrants and refugees along the Balkan land route. Previously, his work in Moldova resulted in its first ever successful LGBT Pride events. His areas of expertise include human rights law and policy, equality and anti-discrimination law, and minority rights.

Claude will be joining us for the Queen of Ireland.  


Alia Alzougbialia alzougbi london
BAFTA nominated, dynamic story-teller and educator.

Alia studied Social Anthropology with a particular focus on unearthing alternative oral histories and intangible heritage. This led to her using Performance Storytelling as a form of subverting the dominant narrative. Her work in the community continues to negotiate creative outlets for the narratives of lesser-heard peoples.

Alia will be joining us for The Poetess.


dagmar shumacher londonDagmar Schumacher
Director of UN Women, Brussels Office.

Dagmar Schumacher previously worked at Headquarters of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, Bonn, as Chief of the Partnerships Section. From 1998 – 2002 she worked with UNDP in Hanoi, heading the Poverty and Social Development Unit; before which she worked with the UN in Latin America and New York.Dagmar will be joining us for The Poetess. 



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