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iLens: I, Daniel Blake

Saturday, April 15, 2017,

  • Location: Sarratt Cinema

Presented Tara McKay, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Health, & Society, and Assistant Professor of Health Policy.

UK (2016) Dir. Ken Loach. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, the film is a gripping, human tale about the impact one man can make. Gruff but goodhearted, Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) is a man out of time: a widowed woodworker who’s never owned a computer, he lives according to his own common sense moral code. But after a heart attack leaves him unable to work and the state welfare system fails him, the stubbornly self-reliant Daniel must stand up and fight for his dignity, leading a one-man crusade for compassion that will transform the lives of a struggling single mother (Hayley Squires) and her two children. Graced with humor and heart, I, Daniel Blake is a moving, much-needed reminder of the power of empathy. English. Rated R. 100 min. Blu-ray