Marina Cantacuzino and filmmaker Amir Amirani explore how anger can fuel powerful storytelling, with Melissa Benn
Locals Marina Cantacuzino – author of Forgiveness: An Exploration – and filmmaker Amir Amirani – director of the critically acclaimed film We Are Many – explore how anger can fuel creativity and lead to powerful storytelling. Chaired by the writer and campaigner Melissa Benn.
Marina Cantacuzino is an author, broadcaster and award-winning journalist who has written for most British mainstream publications. She is the founder of The Forgiveness Project charity, which works with victims, survivors and former perpetrators to better understand how individuals and communities can rebuild their lives and create a more compassionate world following hurt and trauma. In June this year she presented Forgiveness: Stories from the Frontline for BBC Radio 4, and her latest book Forgiveness: An Exploration was published by Simon & Schuster in August.
Amir Amirani is a filmmaker who directed ‘We Are Many’, an acclaimed documentary about the global Iraq war protests, and previously directed films for the BBC and Channel 4 on a wide range of subjects across the arts, music, history and politics. He was most recently Co-Producer on Coup 53 (2019). His films have been nominated for an Amnesty International Award and One World Broadcasting Trust Award. He won the inaugural David Harlech Democracy Prize, sponsored by the Guardian, for a script broadcast on Channel 4.
Melissa Benn is a journalist, novelist and campaigner. She has written for the Guardian, the New Statesman, Public Finance, Cosmopolitan and the London Review of Books, among many others. Her writing on education includes School Wars: the Battle for Britain’s Education and A Comprehensive Future: Quality and Equality for All Our Children, written with Fiona Millar. In spring 2012 she won the Fred and Anne Jarvis award in recognition of her outstanding individual contribution for a fairer education system. She is also the author of What Shall We Tell Our Daughters? and the novel One of Us.