A BRAND new season of films from around the world will be screened in Trowbridge this autumn and winter, in a bid to offer locals and people from different communities who have moved to Wiltshire the chance to get together and learn more about each other’s traditions by watching a film and then sharing ideas, sometimes including some food, sometimes with a Q&A with the directors or special speakers.

There will be four screenings, one a month, from September on Saturdays at 2pm at Town Hall Arts, Trowbridge, with adult tickets £5 and £3 for under 16s.

First up on September 23 is Against the Odds, Cinema & Disabilities, a rare chance to see and discuss two recent documentary films from Latin America: Juan’s Claws (Las garras de Juan) by Alejandra Jiménez (U), and Rolling Strong (Rodar contra todo) by Marianela Vega (U).

Juan's Claws (Las garras de Juan) is a short documentary about the determination of a man and his battle with an inherited disease -Friedreich’s Ataxia - that debilitates all muscles in the body. Working in between the genre of observational documentary and personal cinema, it follows Juan’s journey to the middle of the jungle along the Don Diego River in the Sierra Nevada, Santa Marta – Colombia, his dream for his fortieth birthday celebration.

Rolling Strong (Rodar contra todo) is a feature-length documentary film that tells the story of the first wheelchair rugby team in Perú. They are a group of men and women from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds who got together in 2012 to play a new sport of which they knew little about. The film follows them for two years, showing their process of coming together as a team.

After the screening, Alejandra will be answering questions in Trowbridge and Marianela via Skype from Lima. Both films are in Spanish with English subtitles and can be considered as F-Rated - a classification for any film which is directed by a woman &/or is written by a woman &/or features significant women on screen.

On October 28 the season marks Black History Month with a free screening of

Britain on Film: Black Britain (12A). November 25 is showing Indian film

The Lunchbox (PG) and on January 20 Born in Syria (12+) throws the spotlight on refugees.

The season has been programmed for Town Hall Arts, by Venezuelan journalist Lorena Pino Montilla with technical support from Cinema For All.

Bookings open at www.trowbridgearts.com