Rhiana Bonterre

Rhiana Bonterre is a filmmaker based in the UK. Her work draws inspiration from Caribbean life and culture, and the ways its complex and traumatic past affects and shapes thought, identity and perception in the present, both at home and amongst the Diaspora. Through the vessel of moving image, Bonterre engages intimately with the subjects of her work, playing with movement, the mixing of mediums, voice, archive footage and interview material in fluid ways. Having grown up in Trinidad, the rich art forms of the region are intentionally intertwined and integrated within many of her works. In her most recent projects, Bonterre experiments with the many emotional expressions of dance, and how movement in this form can translate feelings of restriction, resentment and freedom in ways that feel spiritual and often dreamlike. Her short film Silent Truths (2019) was screened at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival.

Filmography

Rhythms of my Silence (2021), To Shake and Disturb and Bring Us Back to Ourselves (2021), Silent Truths (2019)

Back Inside Ourselves is an online exhibition inspired by S. Pearl Sharp’s Back Inside Herself which plays in our Essential Cinema Strand.

Featuring three recent works by filmmakers Ufuoma Essi, Tako Taal, and Rhiana Bonterre.

We recommend you find a quiet space, some headphones, and clear some time to explore the different elements of this work. The presentation plays on a loop opening out the possibility of durational repetitions, witnessing and revelation.

Available online from Friday 17 September coinciding with a 24 hour screening of S Pearl Sharp’s Back Inside Herself & an in conversation between the director and poet Sarah Lasoye.

Supported by Berwick Visual Arts.

Run Time

19 mins
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Back Inside Ourselves is a workshop that features three recent works by filmmakers Tako Taal (DUMP_outthroughthemouth), Rhiana Bonterre (Rhythms of my Silence) and Ufuoma Essi (Bodies in Dissent). Their works are brought into dialogue with S. Pearl Sharpe’s Back Inside Herself (newly digitised by Cinenova and playing in BFMAF 2021’s Essential Cinema strand).

The Screenings will be accompanied by a response from London-based poet Sarah Lasoye commissioned by Cinenova and followed by an open participatory discussion with the filmmakers.

Artist, writer and researcher Jamila Prowse has been invited to write a reflective text on the workshop that will be published after.

There are only 12 places available at the workshop so please only book a space if you are definitely able to attend. Book your free space here.

Participants will be asked to wear masks throughout the event and adhere to 1m social distancing.

Supported by Berwick Visual Arts

Run Time

23 mins
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