‘Movies are,’ Roger Ebert said, ‘like a machine that generates empathy. If it’s a great movie it lets you understand a little more about what it’s like to be a different gender, a different race, a different economic class … it helps us to identify with the people who are sharing this journey with us.’
The Great Get Together is all about empathy; it’s about connecting with those who are different to ourselves and celebrating that we have, in Jo Cox’s words, More in Common than that which divides us. Cinema is, as Ebert identifies, a terrific tool for generating this commonality and that’s why we’re delighted that the Jo Cox Foundation has partnered with Cinema for All to run the Great Watch Together this summer.
The Great Watch Together is about celebrating the power of cinema to bridge divides, unite communities and to bring people together. It aims to encourage community cinemas or groups to take part in the Great Get Together, for example by hosting a film screening for their community, an event to celebrate their volunteers, or just tell everyone about the fantastic things happening at their community cinema.
Download Great Watch Together Toolkit
In our Great Watch Together Toolkit you can find everything you need to run a successful Great Watch Together, including film ideas, top tips and graphics.
Once you are ready to run your Great Watch Together register it on our Great Get Together map by using the link below.
Register your Great Watch Together
If you have any questions or issues email us at [email protected]