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Title: I, Daniel Blake
Venue: Academy Theatre for Performing Arts

I, Daniel Blake

Tuesday July 11, 7 p.m.

Tickets $12   Rated 14A

Welcome to a powerful film that illustrates how exceptional writing, directing and acting can make the viewer bond with the characters on screen. This film should reach everyone emotionally!

Brief synopsis: A 59 year old carpenter recovering from a heart attack befriends a single mother and her two kids as they navigate their way through the impersonal, Kafkaesque benefits system. With equal amounts of humor, warmth and despair, the journey is heartfelt and emotional until the end.

I, Daniel Blake treats us to warm comedy as its characters struggle with the obstacles life throws at them, and together they learn that struggling as a team helps. While set in the forum of British health care coverage, one has to wonder if the film might foretell the future of a new health insurance system in the U.S.

 “Loach's low-key naturalism, which barely masks his fury at the injustices perpetrated on screen, is matched by Dave Johns' performance as Daniel.”  Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

 “I, Daniel Blake is passionate filmmaking to its very core, as well as the rare art house effort that could stand a chance with mainstream audiences.” Alistair Ryder, Film Inquiry