On The Big Screen 8 – 12 May

Manchester Faces is cross-city exhibition of one thousand portrait photographs taken of people in Manchester who are opposed to illegal arms trading. The Bigger Picture is screening a selection of these stills, including portraits of refugees who have fled their homes because of gun-related violence, actors, journalists, politicians, musicians and activists, as well as ordinary people in the City. Well-known faces that have supported the exhibition in Manchester include The Doves, Richard Ashcroft, Shobna Gulati, Maxine Peake, Elbow, Christopher Eccleston and Lemn Sissay.

This week also offers another opportunity to catch the work of Bulbo, the fifteen strong Mexican media collective exhibiting in as part of the exhibition Tijuana Organic: Women’s Border Realities. Footage extracted from Bulbo produced television documentaries, ‘Bulbo TV’, introduces a range of topics touched on by the collective. What is evident from this footage is the high regard the collective have for descriptions of ‘ordinary life’ – the way the city looks and feels to the people, and as seen through the ‘people’s’ eyes. Video clips are taken in part from Bulbo’s image library as well as from their documentaries filmed around Tijuana and the Mexican border regions, whilst sound includes many samples from ‘Disco Bulbo’, the collective’s own record label.

For further details regarding The Bigger Picture, including details on how submit films please click here.