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Speaking Up For Daniel Blake – Declaration Festival

2 March 2017 | 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Surgeons’ Hall King Khalid Building
9 Hill Square, Off Nicolson Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9DW
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Film Synopsis: I, Daniel Blake

Director: Ken Loach | Countries of production: Belgium, France, United Kingdom | Year: 2016 | Length: 100 min
Language: English | Certificate: 15 Cert

Take One Action patron Ken Loach returns to contemporary Britain for this impassioned indictment of its brutal welfare system.

Daniel Blake has worked as a joiner most of his life in Newcastle. Now, for the first time ever, he needs help from the State. He crosses paths with a single mother Katie and her two young children, Daisy and Dylan. Katie’s only chance to escape a one-roomed homeless hostel in London has been to accept a flat in a city she doesn’t know, some 300 miles away. Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man’s land, caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy as played out against the rhetoric of ‘striver and skiver’ in modern-day Britain.


Beyond the Screen

What is the role of the welfare system when it comes to protecting our right to health? Join us on the opening night of Declaration 2017 for a free screening of I, Daniel Blake and a post screening discussion exploring health and welfare led by TOA Executive Director Tamara Van Strijthem with guests from Poverty Alliance, NHS Health Scotland and NHS Lothian.


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