Refugee Week Workshop at Creator College

You’ve just gotta watch this, superb work created for Hull Refugee Week…

Adam showing his Poemed Illustration
Adam showing his Poemed Illustration

The Same Sky Overture

We have recorded a set of songs written to complement the project story.  You can hear the first one here. It’s the only instrumental in The Auricula Suite,  featuring guitars, hammer dulcimer and a beautiful lonesome hurdy gurdy solo; The Same Sky Overture.

The Auricula Suite is our set of songs telling folk tales of a journey to a new land; a story of love and loss, persecution and a new beginning – inspired by the small alpine Primula auricula and the folk tale of its 16th century journey to England with the Huguenot refugees.

The Same Sky is Raoul’s lament. His lover, Valentina, has escaped persecution on a ship to England, but Raoul stands by his faith and refuses to go.   It’s a sad song, now that his lover has gone. He looks up at the heavens and feels comfort in knowing that wherever she is, she’ll look up and see the same moon, the same stars……The Same Sky

© 2012 Duffy-Howard

Film Publicity

Our project film ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’, shot by film maker Quentin Budworth, was featured in this lovely big colourful two page article in the Hull Daily Mail yesterday.
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Thank you to journalist Will Ramsey.

Quentin and Rich were guests on BBC Radio Humberside’s Breakfast Show last Saturday and talked to presenter Carl Wheatley about the film. Thanks to Carl and producer Steve Redgrave.

Thanks to Lucy Lyon who featured the film on the Hull Daily Mail website last week. You can read the article here.

There were one or two uninformed comments and this little heart warmer from redfraggle73…

Tuesday, February 05 2013, 9:08AM

“This is fantastic and a great piece of sociological reporting as well as art. Hull is, at long last, a diverse city and will become more so in the future. I’m excited and proud to see our city celebrating this and giving residents an insight into how life is for people when they arrive in this city. The global movement of people is a fact and is of benefit to all of us living in this world, be this out of choice or to flee persecution. The ignorant racist comments written here, as well as those I see so often written in response to other articles, just show the authors to be uneducated bigots. I suspect these people are happy to be called uneducated bigots, but I feel that someone should at least point it out.”

Stranger in a Strange Land

Our new short film ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’ is ready for release. We have made the film of Dilzar’s story especially for our “My Ancestors were French” project. The six minute long film illuminates Dilzar’s evocative story that Rich and Dilzar worked on together to complement Richard Lees’ Rock against Racism poster exhibition at Wilberforce House Museum in Hull (for Wilberforce 2007).

“Wow, what a beautiful film! It made me feel very emotional.” Abby Wright

“If people can clear their minds and watch this film and listen they may rethink and see the real picture for people who are sometimes just looking to be accepted, no matter where you are from. We all carry hidden sadness.” Ron Wilke

Watch the film and see how it makes you feel…

Award winning filmmaker, Quentin Budworth, shot the film of Dilzar talking about his experiences of what it feels like to be a refugee in a strange land, and how music can bring people of different cultures together, overcoming adversity and creating something good and new.

Rich documented the days filming with a series of images in the gallery below. Click on in image to enlarge, and scroll through…

Stranger in a Strange Land will be shown and used at the workshops and at the celebratory event in May.