Activist pays £10,000 to have controversial men’s rights film ‘The Red Pill’ shown in Norwich
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An activist has paid £10,000 for a controversial documentary exploring the men's rights movement to be shown in the city.
Barry Wright, who lives near the UEA, claims he was turned down by at least 20 venues in Norwich to screen 'The Red Pill'.
The documentary follows a feminist filmmaker's journey into the world of men's rights and features some of the Internet's most notorious activists.
One of them, Paul Elam, president of A Voice for Men, will be attending the Norwich screening this month for a Q&A session.
The film has attracted criticism from certain groups, and showings have even had to be cancelled at cinemas elsewhere due to backlash.
But Mr Wright, a 31-year-old software engineer, said he wanted the screening to go ahead in Norwich as it was a matter of freedom of speech.
He has now secured a venue for the film and Q&A session in the north of the city on January 18 and 19.
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'The event grew organically from a small screening to a big event with a Q&A because every time I was told 'no' by someone, it inspired me to go bigger on this,' he said. 'I don't like it when people try to silence free speech without a good reason.'
Also taking part in the Q&A session is the filmmaker Cassie Jaye, Mike Buchanan, leader of the Justice for Men and Boys party, Erin Pizzey, founder of the first domestic abuse shelter, and Youtube personality DrRadomerCam.
The name of the documentary refers to a scene in the Matrix, where the main character takes a red pill to see 'the truth'.
Men's rights activists claim they see the 'truth' about women and a world they feel is stacked against men.
Mr Wright said he will be revealing the location of the screening to people signed up to the event.
Tickets are free, but people will need to visit www.seetheredpill.com to book a place.