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by Startacus Admin

Here at Startacus, we believe that there are many dormant self starters out there with potentially explosive ideas and inventions.

Much like with the Startacus platform, we are hoping to inspire others to pick up their creative tools, we love the ideology of the Open Cinema which is a nationwide network of film clubs specifically programmed and for homeless and socially excluded people.

The mindset behind Open Cinema is simple. Why should the homeless and socially excluded be excluded from culture? Apart from the obvious advantages that films offer such as enjoyment and Open Cinemaescapism, this initiative also offers the opportunity for a marginalised section of our community to feel nourishment - offering both mental and social stimulus and wellbeing.

Since 2005 Open Cinema have launched 20 film clubs in some of the most challenged communities in the UK and Ireland. Being able to reconnect or even connect with culture is a key objective for Open Cinema. It should be commended for its’ ability to build a sense of community and togetherness through its’ organisation of film viewings, talks and Q&A sessions, which in turn are helping to combat the isolation that homelessness often brings.

Apart from the obvious opportunities for social good, measuring the long term impact of this project will be interesting to see and with the Open Cinema impact report due for release at the time of writing, we will continue to follow this story with interest.

Perhaps a filmmaker or two may be developed via this project and who knows - down the line they may in turn write for Startacus to help other dormant self starters on their journey too.

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Published on: 17th October 2012

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