2.30pm to 4.10pm Rabbit-Proof Fence – 2002 Australia PG
In 1931, three Aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes on a government-backed programme to be trained as domestic staff and integrated into white society. Against the backdrop of what would become known as Australia’s ‘stolen generations’, the girls set off on a dangerous 1,500 mile trek across the outback, avoiding the authorities, following the rabbit-proof fence leading them back home.
5.00 – 6.50pm Lemontree 2008 Israel/Germany/France PG
A Palestinian widow defends her lemon grove when a new neighbour, the Israelin Defence Minister, threatens to tear her trees down for security purposes. Forbidden bonds develop between Salma, the widow, her neighbour’s wife and her lawyer as she battles through the courts to save her livelihood. All the players find themselves drawn into this complex, chaotic and sometimes amusing struggle.
8.15 – 10.10pm The Well-Digger’s Daughter 2011 France PG
The eponymous well-digger feels torn between honour and his love for his daughter when she gets into trouble with the wealthy son of a shopkeeper. Marvellously acted by Daniel Auteuil who also directs, supported by an equally glorious cast, this authentic betrayal of the early WW1 years is a gentle and heart-warming production not to be missed.