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A letter to her

An experimental film that explores longing and resentment through the gaze of a young dancer

A letter to her
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This project received pledges on Wed 24 Mar 2021

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The film will explore feelings of longing alongside resentment through the gaze of a Trinidadian woman's reflection of her relationship with her mother. We aim to create an atmosphere where the character’s internal journey will be expressed through a continuous dreamlike sequence, amplified with dance, poetry, the use of archive and sounds that are innately Trinidadian.

Who are you?

We are two final year filmmaking students, who are both deeply interested in using film as a platform to experiment with movement, poetry and issues that affect and form part of our experiences. 

The director for the project, Rhiana Bonterre is a BA film student at Kingston School of Art, London. Her films focus on themes involving the Caribbean and it’s diaspora, as well as personal, social and cultural identity. Her work has been screened at the British Film Institute, and as she continues to produce films, she intends to draw much of her inspiration from her own experiences in Trinidad where she grew up, past and present ideologies that shape its culture, and the vast and differing experiences of people who come from the Caribbean. 

The writer of the project, Andisiwe Makuni, is currently studying a BA (Hons) in Filmmaking at Kingston University. She has worked on multiple projects as a scriptwriter and director. All of her projects have varied, from making fictional films to experimental. Most of her inspirations stem from things she has encountered and personally experienced driving her to explore those themes further. 

More about the project

The film will focus on our character’s confrontation of her emotions that surface after a long-awaited reunion. She will interrogate the deep rooted reasons behind why this particular connection feels so significant. 

The mother-daughter relationship and its multiple complexities is of big interest to both of us, especially through the gaze of the African and Caribbean diaspora. Notions of vulnerability and softness versus 'tough love' and the absence of intimacy and affection, together with the social and political intersections that come with being from the Caribbean and moving to the 'metropole' feel important to explore and interrogate. 

We feel that creating space to honestly and passionately explore the perspective of our character is an essential way of illustrating under represented voices creatively and authentically. 

Where will the money go?

COSTUME AND SET DESIGN

 £180

EQUIPMENT  

VHS camera hire — £60

External Lighting hire (2 days) — £100 

TRAVEL  

Tunbridge Wells - £72 

Greenwich park - £40.50  

Folkestone - £75  

MAIN PERFORMER AND DANCER  

 £300

Food  — £40 

Any additional money raised will be used to submit to festivals !

Rewards

Donate £20 - £49  and we will send you a postcard with a still from the film OR a quote from the originally written poem !!

Donate £50 - £100 and we will send you a poster size still from the film, or quote !! 💛

Images and video

LINKS TO OUR PREVIOUS WORKS

https://rhianabonterre.myportfolio.com/

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