Members Shireen Hinckley and Anna Dobos spent 30 days in Pakistan on journalist visas, filming a segment for Home Is Where The War Is, one of Somewhere Films' featured projects of 2018. Working in collaboration with local producer Khalid Waseem, they filmed the repatriation journey of one Afghan family from Peshawar to Kabul.
They also filmed a profile on Lahore based artist and jewellery designer Zohra Rahman and spent a few days in Karachi, filming one Bangladeshi family whose son fled the country in search of asylum in Europe.
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Somewhere Films welcomes its newest member, Christine Boateng into the collective! As a graduate of University of Ghana with a special elective area major in Radio, Video / Film and Television production, Christine believes in visually telling the stories that matter and are relevant to the African society & diaspora by using film as her mode of expression.
Christine is very passionate about arts & film making and has participated in workshops at Zanzibar International Film Festival as well as FESPACO in Burkina Faso. She also volunteers and works for organizations such as the Africa Film Society and Nubuke Foundation alongside developing a series of independent film projects / experiments in Accra.
The project that got our attention was Christine's short film, The Carrier, her final year radio, tv, video/film project. When a young boy Kpakpo prefers drawing / painting to boxing , he suffers the consequences of his father’s wrath , a hard man who was once also a boxing legend. You can watch it here: The Carrier on Vimeo / Password - coachflower
Christine is currently working on a project on Muslim women empowerment:
"This documentary film project will be primarily centred in Nima Accra, which is the strategic location I chose to work at partly because I believe that there’s more to Nima than the perceptions and pre conceived ideas that many people associate with the ‘slum’ that they consider it to be. The project seeks to highlight girl empowerment among Muslim girls, relevance of education for these girls because it can help them make an impact, futile friendships, and religion- also to highly address these girls being seen as weaker vessels and how girls can empower each other despite the shortcomings of their environment , religious discipline , lack of support , no mentorship , unvalued girl child education, early / forced marriages and how they thrive to prove themselves in a seemingly difficult community and how they can make something out of themselves and benefit the society in any little way possible."
Member Somayeh Jafari is currently in post-production for her short film 'the wound is where the light enters you', and shares some production stills.
Member Laura Alston has been featured in a London exhibit called 'Voices From the Frontline'. The exhibit is about Railton Road in Brixton and the activism and memories that took place there.
- Private View: 9th February 2018, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
- Exhibition: 12th February - 23rd March 2018
- 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning, SE24 0JT
Susie has recently returned from a creative trip to Ghana. Below are her shots of self taught jockeys on Labadi Beach in Accra, the beginnings of what might turn into a series.
Somayeh has just released a brand new director's showreel, take a look at the beautiful work she's done over the last year!
Chiara has recently been featured as #14 on The Black List for her feature length screenplay ‘V.I.N.’ The project is based on the true story of Alex Haley who was writing the autobiography of Malcolm X when his editor at Playboy assigns him to interview George Lincoln Rockwell, head of the American Nazi Party. The project is currently in pre-production and we’re very excited to see where it will go.