17th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival 2021

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The 17th edition of the Festival has now finished. Thank you to everyone who joined us both in Berwick and online. We are so pleased and humbled by the support and enthusiasm for the programme and it has been wonderful to be able to connect with audiences this year.

Although the Festival is over there is plenty left to do. You can watch back all past online events, listen to filmmakers discuss their work on our podcasts series and read insightful essays that explore the programme in more depth.

 

 

Back Inside Ourselves

Online screening

Available from
17 September at 00:00

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.

 

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Back Inside Ourselves

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

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.

The exhibition presents three recent works by filmmakers  Ufuoma Essi (Bodies in Dissent), Tako Taal (DUMP_outthroughthemouth) and Rhiana Bonterre (Rhythms of my Silence) and gathers materials generated from a recent in person workshop. Full details of all works can be found here.

The programme takes Back Inside Herself, S. Pearl Sharp’s poem and film, as a point of departure. Just as how in her poem S. Pearl Sharp calls for African-American women to reject images placed on them, this presentation will examine ways of using archival exploration to contrast the relentless fixation on the “new”, as well as ideas of “competition” and “exceptionalism”, so often present in public presentation, especially of Black female identifying artists. Drawing on themes around language and articulation, as well as movement and the body, which all arise from the works this online presentation will attempt to provide a space of regrouping, exhaling, reflecting and articulating.

Back Inside Ourselves is accompanied by a series of texts; a response by London-based poet Sarah Lasoye commissioned by Cinenova, a collectively written text assembled from reflections gathered at the workshop  and a reflective text by Jamila Prowse.

—Jemma Desai and Myriam Mouflih

Director

Ufuoma Essi, Tako Taal, Rhiana Bonterre

Production Country

United Kingdom

Production Year

2021

Duration

19 mins

Live Event — 17 September 2021, 19:00

Essential Cinema: Back inside herself – S.Pearl Sharp in conversation with Sarah Lasoye

This programme features a 24-hour online screening of S. Pearl Sharp’s Back Inside Herself (US, 1984) in collaboration with Cinenova. Described by the director as “a visual poem on identity”, Back Inside Herself shows a Black woman finding her own sense of self and rejecting hegemonic societal expectations of who she should be and how she should behave.