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THIS GOOD EARTH – new 90 minute documentary

THIS GOOD EARTH will be released at 8AM (GMT) on the 21st of January, 2021.

You can see the the film’s website and trailer for the 90 minute documentary here:  

Unfortunately Covid has eradicated the live event we were to have on that evening.

If having watched and enjoyed the film, please pass the website’s as above onto your friends and contacts, to purchase a view.

We are honored by being helped in our communications by The Soil Association, The Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty,

The Post Carbon Institute, The Transition Network and The Slow Food Movement/ Terra Madre.

Both Professors Tim Lang and Jules Pretty, who are in the film, have approved it.

Bill McKibben, one of the foremost American climate change activists said he is going to write about it in the New Yorker in January,

and Rob Hopkins, author of From What Is To What If, has writing a supportive review.

images from the film
images from the film

You can see a review by Fergus Byrne in the Marshwood Vale Magazine here.

REACTIONS

“An exquisitely shot film, which is both an urgent message

 and love letter to the world we wish to see.

 Watch The Good Earth, and then watch it again”

Shane Holland, Executive Chairman Slow Food in the UK :

 “Superb! I loved it, as I knew I would. Lovely tone and feel, a sense of place and permanence, and wise people.

The key messages come over well. The title is great: This Good Earth    

Professor Jules Pretty

“ This is great – beautiful and thought-provoking.”

Tom  Monro – Dorset AONB

“I love it…the sheer beauty of the film and its clear and carefully crafted mixture of personal experiences with expert science

strike me as exceptionally powerful.  It sends a strong message while avoiding being preachy.

And it’s really informative, triggering all kinds of associations in my mind as I suspect it will for others.”

Richard Harvey – Human Rights lawyer (Greenpeace)

“Exquisite lyricism and sharp”

Professor Tim Lang

EXILE EXHIBITION – THIS GOOD EARTH film – Sam Birt’s COLLAGES

EXILE – A Mind In Winter

“We all carry within us our places of exile,
our crimes and our ravages.
But our task is not to unleash them on the world,
it is to fight them in ourselves and in others.”
ALBERT CAMUS

An Exhibition about  Oppression, Alienation and Exile

Cedoux Kadima, Ricky Romain and Robert Golden have created an exhibition of painting, photography and film, accompanied by a sound scape. The exhibition will be innovative, poetic, and dramatic, fusing the arts evolving into a dramatic whole. It is concerned with the social and personal impact of alienation, torture and physical exile. All three artist’s lives have been affected by exile, are intimate with its consequences and have manifested this in differing ways within their work.

They have been supported by Arts Council England, Bridport Town Council, Bridport Arts Centre and The National Lottery to develop the project to the point where they know what it will consist of, how it will be presented, and how it will appeal to a broad audience between the ages of 11 and up.

The exhibition consists of 12 montages by Cedoux revealing the journey he is still on from being a working artist in London for 6 years to receiving a Home Office letter threatening deportation back to the Democratic Republic of Congo, from which he fled for helping street children learn drawing and painting.

As viewers move from montage to montage they can listen to a commentary of spoken texts, sounds and music that addresses aspects of his ordeal. From Robert Golden there are 12 composite pieces of photographs and texts about alienation. This leads to the key painting by Ricky Romain that is divided into 72 frames. They relate the story of 36 good people and their 36 substitutes who exist in the world to balance evil.

Beyond the painting is a 30 minute poetic film about alienation, exclusion, exile and evil.

The three artists are offering a series of workshops, conversations and talks to young and old, which may be arranged with local arts educational or NGO officers.

Ricky Romain:: http://www.rickyromain.com

Cedoux Kadima: http://cedouxkadima.blogspot.co.uk

Robert Golden: https://robertgoldenpictures.com

Exhibition Schedule
Event details:
All events need to be ticketed including the free ones.

EXHIBITION OPEN
Wednesday 2 December – Tuesday 22 December 2020
Tuesday to Saturday
 (see exceptions below) 10am – 4pm
The Allsop Gallery
Bridport Arts Centre
South Street
Bridport Dorset DT6 3NR
https://www.bridport-arts.com
tel: 01308 427 183

PREVIEW
Wednesday 2nd December 5pm – 8pm
(see guidelines for a safe visit to the gallery.)
A Conversation in the gallery
6.30 – 7.15 pm     a free ticketed event 
with Robert Golden, Cedoux Kadima and Ricky Romain
hosted by Neil Oliver
https://www.iofc.ch/neil-oliver

Modern Slavery” a talk by Samantha Knights QC in the Allsop Gallery
 Saturday Dec 5.   2pm – 3pm   a free ticketed event 
Modern slavery and trafficking are prevalent across the globe.
The UK has a significant number of victims and survivors within its borders.
Many of these people are in fact British citizens and EU nationals.
This talk will look at the legal and policy framework applicable in the UK to slavery and trafficking.
Samantha Knights QC is a practising barrister at Matrix
specialising in public law and civil liberties, with a focus on modern slavery.

A CONCERT
by Ricky Romain, Sitar and Udit Pankhania, Tabla
Tuesday December 8, 5.30pm
Concert at 6.00pm –7.00 pm     a £5 ticketed event

LOCAL AND WORLD MUSICIANS
come together to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Human Rights
Thursday December 10   7.30pm – 9.30pm  a £5 ticketed event
Musicians from Bridport and the surrounding area
join together with musicians from Syria, Kenya, Sudan, India
and the Democratic Republic of Congo with our community.

“Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “everyone has the
right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share
in scientific advancement and its benefits.” Cultural rights are, therefore, inseparable from
human rights, as recognized in Article 5 of the 2001 UNESCO Declaration on Cultural Diversity,
and can be defined as the right of access to, participation in and enjoyment of culture.”

In partnership with Bridport’s Rights Respecting Town and Bridport’s Refugee Support Campaign.

Robert Golden talking about
Storytelling and Finding a Voice in Film and Photography
Saturday December 12, 2pm – 4pm   a free ticketed event 
In the gallery

ARTIST AS CITIZEN
Robert Golden and Ricky Romain 

in conversation about creative collaboration and social responsibility
With David Powell and friends, exploring human rights through music
Tuesday Dec 15, 6pm – 7.30 pm     a free ticketed event 
In the gallery

BRIDPORT WELCOMES REFUGEES  – A Conversation
ON THE UNITED NATION’S INTERNATIONAL MIGRANT’S DAY
with songs from Idle Notes -Diana Takezoe and Maurice Blogg
FRIDAY December 18, 6pm – 7.30pm
in the The Allsop Gallery (open 5.30pm) a £5 ticketed event

The Bridport Refugee Support Campaign,
Bridport’s Rights Respecting Town,
Place of Sanctuary, Bridport


THIS GOOD EARTH

On soil and climate change, land and species destruction, farming, food and illness

This independently made 92 minute documentary shows the relationships between soil erosion, toxic poisoning of our water supply, the tilling no-tilling/meat-less-meat arguments about the sequestration of greenhouse gases, global warming, the problems of the long food chain from farmer’s gates to dinner plates, the rise of ultra-processed foods, degenerative diseases and obesity, the increasing gap between the life spans of rich and poor people, access to knowledge about and affordability of food across income groups, therefore the underlining questions about equality and human rights and the legal responsibility of CEO’s who are knowingly destroying our planet and people’s health and well being. It also offers solutions.

LOCAL AND GLOBAL

Although much of the film is about West Dorset, in southwest England, the messages are universal. Doctors, bakers, cooks, social workers, farmers, scientists and professors are interviewed, and in particular Professor Tim Lang, the UK’s most well known expert on food security.  Professors Jules Pretty and Erik Millstone reveal the stark truth about corporations, people’s diets and illnesses.

See the website and the beautiful trailer here


SAM BIRTS NEW COLLAGES

I have know of Sam Brit’s work for a number of years. This latest group are being exhibited in a gallery in the Veneto in northern Italy, beginning 29 October 2020.

I have approached looking at them in several different ways: quickly for a first impression and a gut response, followed by a closer look for a few minutes to see how I could respond to more visual provacations, and then a longer look, asking questions of them and myself. What is wonderful about these transitional viewings is that it they have allowed me an ever more detailed appreciation of each of the collages, which has been pure pleasure.

ZEIRGEIST PASSION

09 and 58 are my closest friends, followed quickly by 7-11 and 10-1. This may be because the first two are the hottest, they burn with anger and passion and a powerful sense of the zeitgeist with all of its unfairness, and inequality and economically sponsored imperialist brutality.

09

WORLD ON FIRE

I think that 09 is amazingly clever visually. From a distance or when seen small, it appears to be something about architectural columns alluding to our pompous ‘stable’ civilization, then the destroyed building appears, and moments later the world is on fire and finally, when viewed close enough or large enough, the fleeing water buffalo  fill the air with the vast horror we are committing against other species as we destroy the earth and western civilization. It’s beautiful visually and narratively powerful. The torn edges are like the torn world and ripped lives of so many billions of people on our shared planet.

58 is also filled with desperation, a sense of strength, enduring and helplessness surrounded by or embedded in misery and poverty.

58

TOTEMS

And then 10-1, a totemic image proclaiming the simplicity of our species past existence, pre-farming perhaps and therefore previous to the idea of private as opposed to shared wealth.  But now the totem has been collected, framed and isolated from the surrounding world by the white spaces becoming ragged white bars imprisoning the memories of a more communal past.

10.1

LIKE PAUL CELAN

Then there is you, ripped in half or (?) attempting, like the insistence of the green plant, to grow again, wherever and whatever the adversity, to become whole again. This one eludes me but it is very handsome and fine, in fact, almost refined. The delicacy of the shapes and colour create a formal beauty, which, like a Paul Celan poem, calls out to say, ‘come on, somewhere in the world of humans and perhaps in your (my) unconsciousness you know what I mean’. Whatever, it is somehow deeply evocative.

The last 3, with their frigid whites and blues are more, what?  Perhaps more cerebral.

11.1

THUG SPECIES

But their quiet observations about the conflict between the modern (architected) world and the world of nature it disregards as it destroys it (in 7-10 and 11-1), carries on in this other more frosty distanced view of our crazy culture, jumbled, conflicted and leading to a fragmented life, as the images suggest.  Perhaps they are more hopeful, suggesting that we, the thug species with our rationality, technology and avarice, are really losing the battle.

 

All very satisfying with a lot of food for thought, deep observations and sensing the zeitgeist.

Her work continues to evolve and somehow, intellectually, creatively in terms of form and narrative, it is becoming more and more profound. Perhaps she is passing from the state of knowledge we gain in early middle age, to the state of wisdom some gain in later middle age, but whatever, it is both a delight and a welcome gift to view.

EXILE – A Mind In Winter (current)

“We all carry within us our places of exile, our crimes and our ravages. But our task is not to unleash them on the world, it is to fight them in ourselves and in others.”
Albert Camus

Painting, Photography and Film

Cedoux Kadima, Ricky Romain and Robert Golden have created an exhibition of painting, photography and film, accompanied by a sound scape.
It is concerned with the social and personal impact of alienation,
torture and physical exile.

Exile

All three artist’s lives have been affected by exile. They are intimate with its consequences, manifested in differing ways within their work. The Exhibition and Events are supported by Bridport Town Council,
Dorset Council, Dorset Music Hub,
Awards for All through The National Lottery and Bridport Arts Centre.

Threatened Deportation

The exhibition consists of 12 montages by Cedoux Kadima.
They reveal the journey he has taken from being a working artist in London for 6 years to receiving a Home Office letter. It threatened deportation back to the Democratic Republic of Congo, from which he fled for helping street children
learn drawing and painting.

                  painting: Cedoux Kadima

Aspects of Alienation

From Robert Golden there are 12 panels of photographs and texts.
They expose aspects of alienation.

photograph: Robert Golden

These lead to the key painting by Ricky Romain, divided into 72 frames.
They tell the story of 36 good people and their 36 substitutes
who exist in the world to balance evil.
The frames are filled with magic, excitement, joyous cultural fusions
and our shared and flawed humanity.

painting: Ricky Romain

Exclusion, Exile and Evil

Robert’s 30 minute film is about alienation, exclusion, exile and evil.
It is an articulation and a mystery exposing the viewer to the fate of others.

Workshops and Conversations

The artists with others are offering a series of workshops,
conversations and talks for all ages.
Please check this and BAC’s websites for updates.

Cedoux’s biography is here.   Ricky’s is here.    Robert’s go here.

IMPORTANT DATES

EXHIBITION OPEN
Wednesday 2 December – Tuesday 22 December 2020
Tuesday to Saturday (see exceptions below) 10am – 4pm
The Allsop Gallery
Bridport Arts Centrer
South Street
Bridport Dorset DT6 3NR

Preview
Wednesday 2nd December,  5pm – 8pm
(see guidelines for a safe visit to the gallery.
30 people at any one time with masks)

A conversation in the gallery
6.30 – 7.15 pm
a free ticketed event for 24 people 
with Robert Golden, Cedoux Kadima and Ricky Romain
hosted by Neil Oliver
Neil Oliver works with Initiatives for Change, Switzerland and lives in Frome. Neil is part of the core team of Tools for Changemakers and work with the Hauser and Wirth Art Gallery in Bruton, Somerset.
https://www.iofc.ch/neil-oliver


“Modern Slavery” a talk by Samantha Knights QC
 Saturday Dec 5.   2pm – 3pm
a free ticketed event

Modern slavery and trafficking are prevalent across the globe. The UK has a significant number of victims and survivors within its borders. Many of these people are in fact British citizens and EU nationals. This talk will look at the legal and policy framework applicable in the UK to slavery and trafficking.

Samantha will also discuss current issues including
identification of victims and survivors,
criminal prosecutions of gang members,
the system designed to provide support and assistance,
and the importance of durable solutions to prevent re-trafficking.

Samantha Knights QC is a practising barrister at Matrix specialising in public law and civil liberties, with a focus on modern slavery,
trafficking and refugee law.

She has been involved in a number of recent challenges
to policy, law and practice relating to the immigration status,
support and accommodation for victims of slavery
and trafficking as well as numerous other strategic human rights cases before the courts in the UK and Strasbourg.

Samantha is the chair of the Advisory Board
of the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC),
and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami
where she teaches international human rights law.

Her new book Law, Rights, and Religion
will be published by OUP in December 2020.


 A CONCERT
by Ricky Romain, Sitar and Udit Pankhania,Tabla
Tuesday December 8, 5.30pm

Concert at 6.00pm  – 7.00 pm
a free ticketed event


Gallery open
Thursday December 10,
 
 10am – 6pm
 
World Music Concert (no interval)
(A ticketed event for an audience of 30 people)
at 7.30pm – 9.00pm
a free ticketed event


Robert Golden talking about
Storytelling and Finding a Voice in Film and Photography
Saturday December 12, 2pm – 4pm
In the gallery
a free ticketed event


ARTIST AS CITIZEN
Robert Golden and Ricky Romain
in conversation about creative collaboration and social responsibility
Tuesday Dec 15, 6pm – 7.30 pm
In the gallery
a free ticketed event


Bridport Welcomes Refugees – A Conversation
The Bridport Refugee Support Campaign,
Bridport’s Rights Respecting Town,
Place of Sanctuary, Bridport
with HOME in Bridport
Thursday December 17, 6pm – 7.30pm
in the
The Allsop Gallery
(open 5.30pm)
a free ticketed event


Last day of Exhibition
Tuesday December 22, 10am-2pm


For further enquires:
info.homeinbridport@gmail.com
or
BAC Box Office 01308 424204

with thanks to:

                

     

 

 

OSMAN AND HIS SNAILS – a lockdown opera

I was asked by Nigel Osborne, composer and aid worker, and Tina Ellen Lee, Artistic Director of Opera Circus to join them in making a film of a locked-down opera with 5 singers on different continents thousands of miles apart. Nigel told me the moving story of Osman Kavala, a Turkish human rights worker, imprisoned in Istanbul with ridiculous charges made against him. 

Recently a story appeared about Osman and his pet snails.

https://www.duvarenglish.com/human-rights/2020/02/20/osman-kavala-looked-after-snails-in-prison-had-to-abandon-them-after-rearrest/

A work of (unpaid) true collaboration began when numbers of the team helped to write the libretto; with Nigel composing the music across two days and nights; Anthony Ingle transcribing the music to piano and providing the 10 minute track for the rest of us to be guided by; followed by Tina asking the five wonderful singers, with whom she has worked for many years, if they would give their time; and a young Danish musician, Mikael Hegelund Martin of Beats across Borders, offering to clean up and balance the sound recorded on mobile phones; and Andy Morton, a singer and director in Australia, helping his fellow singers into their roles. 

I worked via Skype across the globe under our lock-down, coaching the singers to remember to frame themselves against a solid colour, central to the horizontally propped-up mobile phone; and as if in some comedy skit, asking them to bring the one or two movable lamps in their own locked-down flats around to the front so the light was on their faces, to hang grease proof paper or a thin white linen shirt or skirt in front of the lamp to soften the highlights, to tape a newspaper page onto a broom handle, with it in turn tapped to an chair’s upright so that light could reflect back into the darker side of their faces. I asked them to remember, while singing, where their eyelines should be in particular shots, and so on. They were very patient. 

Everyone worked as volunteers with the sole purpose to help Osman, a man most of us had never met. When I had conversations with the singers before they recorded in their darkened rooms on their own, listening to the piano track in one ear and concentrating as best they could on their roles with neither a camera operator, sound tech nor a director to help them, one of the singers told me she found a picture of Osman and put it next to her phone, to sing to him. 

I believe we were all conscious that perhaps the fate of a good man was to some degree in our hands and that every delay perhaps meant Osman would be held another day or month or year away from his books and loved ones. 

The opera will be shared and distributed through Amnesty International, PEN, Open Democracy and by everyone who loves and believes in justice and freedom. Music and song have a powerful part to play at the heart of our humanity and care and respect for each other.

The film goes live on 22 June 2020. I will post whatever call to action may develop. Please pass this to your friends.

The film can be seen here in English, and here in Turkish.

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