Can I Live?

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Thu 14Mar

A vital new digital performance about the climate catastrophe

Facilitators: A Complicité production in association with the Barbican, London supported by Oxford Playhouse and Doc Society Climate Story Fund Can I Live? Conceived, written and performed by Fehinti Balogun

Why don’t we talk about it? Fehinti Balogun asks this urgent question and offers an invitation in Can I Live?, a vital new digital performance about the climate catastrophe, sharing his personal journey into the biggest challenge of our times.

Weaving his story with spoken word, rap, theatre, animation and scientific facts, Fehinti charts a course through the fundamental issues underpinning the emergency, identifying the intimate relationship between the environmental crisis and the global struggle for social justice, and sharing how, as a young Black British man, he has found his place in the climate movement.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A.

Event time: Thu 14th Mar 2024 at 7:00pm - Thu 14th Mar 2024 at 8:30pm

An outstretched hand, inviting audiences to recognise they are not alone.

The Evening

  • In the face of a sense of helplessness about the climate catastrophe, Can I Live? is an outstretched hand, inviting audiences to recognise they are not alone – and that through understanding the issues and connecting with the many powerful activists around the globe driving change, we can find a sense of hope for the future.
  • After the film there will be a conversation with a member of the team behind the production.

In Association with Stroud Film Festival

Stroud Film Festival

Now in its tenth year, the festival will run at 10 independent venues across Stroud and beyond.

Stories from all over the world, eclectic and original, mainstream and off the beaten track!

Writer and Performer, Fehinti Balogun

“With “Can I Live?” I want to explain what the climate emergency means to us practically – right now – from the perspective of a young Black man living in London. I want us to feel seen and be heard. To me it is rebellion, resistance, self preservation and activism. I want people to see themselves in my work. For a long time, I didn’t hear anyone talk about the climate crisis in a way that made sense to me and my experiences as a Black person, and I think that is what excludes so may of us from the conversation. Yet, for many people the climate crisis is already a deadly situation.”

“Oftentimes, we don’t make the connection between the colonial history of Britain and the climate breakdown, nor do we think about the thousands of immigrants who come to the UK as a direct result of climate related issues. “Can I Live?” is about opening up the conversation, taking up space as a Black person and making space for others.”

“Often we're asked to validate and quantify why making art is important, useful, valuable and relevant. Well this is why, we're trying to shift the collective mindset and the attitude towards the climate crisis from our perspective as Global Majority artists, who want to live in a better world." - Daniel Bailey

Watch the Trailer

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Suitable from ages 12+. Content information: contains some flashing images, some strong language, explores themes of racism, classism and describes some violence.

Times:
6:30 Doors
7:00 Screening starts
8:00 Screening finishes
8:30 Q+A closes

Food & Drink:
The bar will be open.