Jerry Rothwell's latest documentary The School in the Cloud follows TED prize-winner and professor of education, Sugata Mitra, who set up classrooms of computers in the remote village of Korakati, India and George Stephenson High School in North Tyneside.
Mitra's classrooms asked its students big questions, and invited them to work in groups to find their own answers using the internet. With resources such as Skype, and the variety of educators supporting them, the students were provided with freedom to explore their curiosity.
The School in the Cloud poses the question "what kind of education do children need in the networked world?"
This screening will show The School in the Cloud and will be followed by a Q&A discussion with the producer, Daniel Demissie.
Jerry Rothwell, Director
Jerry is a filmmaker whose work includes the award-winning feature documentaries: How To Change The World, about the founders of Greenpeace; Sour Grapes (co-directed with Reuben Atlas), a film about a wine counterfeiter; Town of Runners, about two girls in an Ethiopian village who aspire to be athletes; Donor Unknown, about a sperm donor and his many offspring; Heavy Load, about a group of people with learning disabilities who form a punk band; and Deep Water (co-directed with Louise Osmond), about Donald Crowhurst's ill-fated voyage in the 1968 round the world yacht race. His latest film is The School In The Cloud, about TED Prizewinner, Sugata Mitra. His work has won numerous accolades including two Grierson Awards, a Sundance Festival Special Jury Prize, an RTS Award, the IDA Pare Lorentz Award and a BAFTA nomination.
At MetFilm Production, he has executive produced and worked as an editor on numerous feature docs including Dylan Williams's Men Who Swim (now a fiction feature starring Rob Brydon), Sarah Gavron's The Village At The End Of The World and Giovanni Buccomino’s forthcoming After A Revolution.
Daniel Demissie, Producer
Daniel is a British Ethiopian producer who co-produced Jerry’s theatrical documentary Town of Runners (Britdoc C4 Film Fund, PBS, Arte), which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival. Dan is a graduate of the National Film and Television School in London and MetFilm School. His producing credits include short films The Evening Was Long, CGI animation Robomax, and Cocoons, which premiered at Edinburgh Film Festival in 2014.
Michael Grant FBCS, Deputy BCS President
Michael first entered the technology field in the flight simulation industry. He then spent 25 years’ working in a variety of international marketing and corporate communications roles at director and vice-president level within the IT companies, Gateway, Lotus Development, Commodore, ICL, Prime Computer and Wang. In recent years Michael has worked in IT recruitment, having founded his own pan-European IT headhunting company, and today is an associate director of Harvey Nash plc, one of the world’s leading IT services and recruitment organisations.
Michael has been a member of the Information Technologists Company, the 100th City of London livery company, for 23 years. In October 2012, he was installed as Master, having previously managed the company for five years as the clerk (CEO) during which he played an important role in gaining a Royal Charter.