Filmmaking as Resistance: Ken Fero and Tahera Aziz
Date(s) - 07/02/2020
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
About this Event
Please join us for this timely discussion on filmmaking as an act of resistance. This seminar is free and open to all.
A forensic examination of the attempted murder of a film – Ken Fero
Outlining the work of media activist collective Migrant Media we explore documentary practice as radical process in challenging dominant media and state narratives on race and resistance. A model of praxis is explored in through collectivity in cultural production, working with communities of interest to reach global audiences with impact.
Transformative encounters: Harnessing sound and documentary practice outside the field of vision to tackle racism – Tahera Aziz
The global movement of Black Lives Matter following the killing of George Floyd has highlighted the urgent need to end police brutality and counter racism and structural inequality in society. In the UK, the widespread protests have led to the government announcing a new inquiry – the commission on race and ethnic disparities to examine “all aspects of inequality”. This move has been criticised for letting the government off the hook.
Originating from earlier AHRC-funded practice-led research, this presentation explores how sonic reconstruction in the documentary tradition can be harnessed to engage young people in a dialogue about contemporary racism, discrimination and stereotyping. It focuses on [re]locate, a multi-speaker sound-only installation revisiting the racially motivated murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993, framed by the media and public debates associated with the Stephen Lawrence Public Inquiry (Macpherson Report, 1999), which over 20 years ago concluded that the police force was institutionally racist. This is an important political moment to remember what Stephen Lawrence has taught us, and to consider the potential of the sound installation to act as a catalyst for motivating young people to become active anti-racists, contributing to the goals of the wider movement to rid society of racism.
Ken Fero is a renowned filmmaker and media based activist whose first production was the Arts Council funded experimental piece Porte di Roma in 1985 about the Rome of Pasolini and Gramsci. Over the last 30 years he has directed a number of award-winning films producing some politically controversial commissions for Channel 4, BBC, FR3 and PressTV as well as the highly acclaimed radical cinematic documentary feature Injustice (2001) about deaths in police custody in the UK. He has since produced a stream of poetic essay films on similar subjects including Po Po (2013)and Burn (2014). He was recently given a mini-retrospective of his work with Migrant Media at the National Film Theatre. He is a Senior Lecturer in Media Production at Coventry University and Lecturer in Directing at Regent’s University London.
Ken specialises in documentary production and experimental film as well as emerging digital media platforms. His recent work includes film outputs in the Economic and Social Research supported ‘Deport, Deprive, Extradite’ research project that investigated the shifting dynamics of racism and the security state. He is currently a consultant on the The Arts and Humanities Research Council supported ‘Creative Interruptions’ project where he is supervising documentary film makers in Palestine. He is an external PhD Supervisor at Salahaddin University, Iraq.
Tahera Aziz has had a longstanding creative interest in identity, migration and racism. Over years she has produced artwork that explores how wider socio-political issues or events can impact on the individual to shape their experiences, their sense of self and belonging. This has been expressed through photo-based installation work (Exceptional Leave to Remain, 1993 and My Grandmother Doesn’t Speak the Same Language as Me, 1996). More recently, she has examined the potential of sound and documentary practices as a form of remembrance and a stimulus for generating dialogue about racism in contemporary life; [re]locate – a multi-speaker sound-only installation – is the culmination of earlier AHRC-funded practice research revisiting the Stephen Lawrence case and public inquiry (Macpherson Report). Tahera Aziz teaches Digital Design at London South Bank University.
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