The screening of the Street Art documentary, “Changing the World, One Wall at a Time,” will take place at The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, on July 29th 2018 at 6pm. Tickets cost £7.
The documentary explores one of the world’s largest street art and human rights campaigns, Education Is Not A Crime, which spreads awareness about education discrimination by Iran’s government against thousands of Baha’is in the country. The Baha’is, who believe in ideals such as the equality of men and women, peaceful non-violence, and universal education, have been persecuted by the Iranian government since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. They are barred from teaching and studying at Iranian universities. The campaign to spread awareness of the treatment of Baha’is began in 2014, and expanded into a global street art project raising awareness about the Baha’is.
More than 40 murals have been painted in the US and international cities as part of the project. These include: Atlanta, Cape Town, Delhi, London, Nashville, Sao Paulo, Sydney and New York. In New York, 20 murals were painted in the iconic Harlem neighbourhood, which has been symbolic because of its links to the Harlem Renaissance and the 1960s Civil Rights movement.
“Changing the World, One Wall at a Time” features interviews with popular artists, such as Rone from Australia, Astro from France, Marthalicia Matarrita from New York, and Elle from Los Angeles. Activists who have experienced the effects of the Civil Rights movement, the anti-Apartheid struggle in South Africa, as well as Iranian Baha’is with personal experience of being denied their right to higher education, will also be captured in the documentary.
The film was produced by Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari. Bahari stated that “Changing the World, One Wall at a Time, is the story of an ambitious campaign. We fought brutality with arts and creativity. The fact that we brought together so many artists – who did not know anything about the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran, and who then created amazing works of art all around the world – shows there is a willingness among people of many different backgrounds to join such a struggle.” The screening will be presented by the renowned artist Hooper C. Dunbar, who has direct experience of the longstanding persecution of the Baha’is in Iran. Furthermore, guests will be able to ask questions after the screening.
To find out more about the documentary, please follow this link to watch the trailer: http://www.notacrime.me/thefilm