Rise of The Resistance: LA BIOTIQUE & Migrant Health and Health Inequality

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Migrant textile worker Mimi sings of heartbreak as she contemplates death from TB, in contemporary reworking of an aria from La Boheme

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Screening of short film LA BIOTIQUE by Rahila Gupta, followed by a panel discussion with Rahila Gupta, Sonali Naik QC, and guests, on migrant health and the global impact of health inequality as a driver for AMR.

On booking you will be sent a link to watch the timed screening of the film and panel.

The short film which will prompt the discussion is a contemporary reworking of an aria from Puccini’s opera La Boheme, in which Mimi, a poor seamstress in 1830s Paris is reimagined as a migrant textile worker in today's London, who sings of her heartbreak as she contemplates death from TB.

'La Biotique' translates into English as 'biotics'; describing living or once living components of a community, for example organisms, such as animals and plants.

The discussion will explore the need to recognise our global health as an issue for the entire community of humanity, in order to address the challenge of AMR.

Rahila Gupta is a freelance journalist, writer and activist. She is a longstanding member of Southall Black Sisters (from 1989) , member of Women Defend Rojava UK and patron of Peace in Kurdistan. Her poems and short stories have been published in several anthologies. Her books include: a collection of essays she edited, From Homebreakers to Jailbreakers: Southall Black Sisters in 2003; Provoked, the story of a battered woman who killed her violent husband and she co-wrote the screenplay of the film which was released in 2007; Enslaved, on immigration controls, was published in 2007. Her play, a monologue in verse, Don’t Wake Me: The Ballad of Nihal Armstrong, ran in London, Edinburgh, New York, and four cities in India between 2012-14 and was nominated for a number of awards. Her articles are published in the Guardian, New Humanist, New Internationalist and openDemocracy among other magazines, journals and websites. She and Beatrix Campbell are collaborating on a book, Why Doesn't Patriarchy Die? She visited Rojava, Northern Syria in March 2016 as part of the research for the book. Her epic poem Rubáiyát of Rojava was performed at the Prima Donna festival 2019. She has edited and contributed to Turning the Page (2019), an anthology of writings by the Southall Black Sisters support group.

Sonali Naik QC specialises in public law cases and in all aspects of immigration, asylum and nationality law and practice. She is ranked in immigration in both Chambers UK 2020 and the Legal 500. Sonali is a senior practitioner with over 28 years’ experience. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2018. She has very substantial immigration and asylum experience in her High Court and appellate court practice, acting in various country guidance asylum cases, most recently in AS(Afghanistan) v SSHD [2019] WLR 5345 in the Court of Appeal, (with UNHCR intervening) : the leading case on internal relocation under the Refugee Convention post AH(Sudan) in 2006 and the ensuing appeal in the Upper Tribunal. Sonali has an extensive judicial review practice in challenges to Home Office policy, trafficking and unlawful detention, Article 8 ECHR certification and nationality and brought the first successful generic injunction cases in charter flight removals in HN(Afghanistan).

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Rise of The Resistance is a unique festival collaboration between Healthcare Scientists and theatre makers, brought to you by Nosocomial, for audiences of all ages,

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a major global health threat. The WHO describes the misuse and overuse of antimicrobials as the main drivers for drug-resistant pathogens which threaten the success of modern medicine in treating infection.

What can we learn from the bugs about creativity and cooperation? What can Healthcare Scientists and audiences teach each other through sharing stories? Join our performances and panels to find out.

Rise of The Resistance thanks Precision AMR research initiative at UCL Infection and Immunity, UCLH and GOSH; UCL IAS, UCL Culture; SfAM, RCPath, HIS, Royal Literary Fund, Camden People’s Theatre, Bloomsbury Theatre for supporting the development of our collaborations and projects.

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