Journeys Into Film is a selection of shorts developed through following the work of directors with lived experience, and their ethos in filmmaking. The legacies of these films, purposefully programmed in dialogue with each other take in the importance of how we cannot walk alone, encouraging boundary-crossing and understanding of history and communications between those with lived experiences and those without working to support them.
Little Whale on the Beach (2018), by Parang Khezi, explores history repeating itself, as a child explores a dreamland on sandy shores. Surreal, explorative and playful in style, Parang Khezi’s experimental film was created collaboratively for Journeys Festival International; this was a pertinent and personal story for the director and the crew.
My Name is Anik (2019), by Bircan Birol, is about a granddaughter learning Kurdish from her grandmother and a reflection on sharing painful memories and trying to maintain a sense of culture that had to be hidden as a result of resettling in Turkey. My Name Is Anik explores the complicated effort of grasping her mother tongue, as Anik reflects on painful and poignant memories. This intimate depiction of Birol and her grandmother reveals a glimpse of the joining of language, culture and identity.
This is Not a Poem (2019), by Eric Ngalle Charles, is a hymn on tolerance. Following the poetry of writer, actor, and human rights activist Eric Ngalle Charles. This short film is a visual composition which explores education, migration, displacement and belonging. Eric brings his experience and storytelling ability to question home, placing his work and ideas between Wales and Cameroon.
Birds or Borders (2020), by Parham Ghalamdar, explores expanded painting and drawing, stretching out each technique with vibrant digital tools. The film borrows from the COVID-19 context to demonstrate how lack of freedom is no new thing for migrants.
Ambience (2019), by Wisam Al Jafari tells the story of two young Palestinians trying to find a space to record music inside their camp. In this bid to win a Music competition, their drive for success pushes the two to work more creatively than they first considered. Wisam Al-Jafari’s Ambience highlights the frustration and chaos of life under occupation.
Produced by charity ArtReach, Journeys into Film is a fresh and thoughtful selection of short films from five contemporary filmmakers, as a strand of Journeys Festival International. Journeys into Film is dedicated to supporting the work of refugee filmmakers and as distribution and exhibition partners to the filmmakers, our process of professional relationships embodies the importance of walking together and uniting against the swathe of hostility to migration.
Journeys into Film is supported collectively by Film Hub North and Film Hub Midlands, awarding National Lottery funding on behalf of the BFI Film Audience Network. We would like to take the opportunity to thank the Film Hub for their ongoing advice and contributions throughout the year. Developed by ArtReach, who produce Journeys Festival International.
With special thanks to Film Programmers, Reba Martin and Antonia Lee, the Filmmakers, and Crosscut Media. This entire programme is made possible by the artistic and material contributions of each of our partners.
Credit: Still from 'Little Whale on the Beach' by Parang Khezi
These films will be available to rent at a special screening fee during Refugee Week.
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