Hidden Heroes – Portraits
The movement of people leaving their homelands can be both traumatic and an exhilarating experience. It brings new opportunities and experiences, unforeseen challenges and hurdles. It demands agility, creativity and thinking on your feet. Within the chaos and change are Hidden Heroes who rise unseen, taking care of all around. Through language, translations, packing, carrying loads, feeding, soothing, caring… In closed interview rooms at airports, police stations, government offices, on the road, in planes, on buses and in new homes, schools and surgeries, these heroes carry out their duties, tasks, not having any choice but to get on. They are young sons, daughters and mothers, wives, sisters. This film explores and shine a light on a group of women’s stories through the mediums of poetry, portraiture and film.
The project took place over 4 days as a residency in a Primary school in Manchester.
The Hidden heroes we spoke to were women, mothers of the primary school children.
Each woman did a sitting whilst artist Amina Ansari created a portrait using an iPad and an app, poet and scriptwriter Anjum Malik noted and interviewed the women to create poems out of their stories and Didzis Starastin filmed the whole process.
The theme was to engage with human experience looking at recent migrant experiences, as a traveller/ refugee capturing intrinsic human values of the self.
With big thanks to the School its amazing staff, and especially to the women, our Hidden Heroes for letting us capture them in portraits, words and film, we are honoured and humbled.
Amina Ansari is a British Asian Artist, who likes to bridge the gap between East and West in Art. Her artwork takes a critical view of personalities and social justice and cultural issues in human figures on canvases. There is a figurative focus that gives more curb over others and it is personifying away from photographic manner in paintings. In her work, she deconstructs the global dream, seasoning, music & dance, ideology, my reality, social justice and my writings that are part of our childhood and adult culture in a striving manner to vivid imagination from the Artist’s perception.
Anjum Malik is a celebrated poet, scriptwriter and lecturer at the Writing School, Manchester Metropolitan University. British, Pakistani, multilingual, with international upbringing. Anjum uses her background working with underrepresented groups, encouraging participation, involvement and development of the arts, sharing stories not normally seen in the mainstream using creative writing, performance and sharing, involving multilingualism, multiculturalism with people of all backgrounds and ages. Anjum specialises in fact to fiction. Her work is based on true stories and real people. She has written several much-acclaimed original plays for BBC, ITV and theatre in UK. She is a regular creative writing tutor for leading literary organisations in UK and overseas.
Agent: http:// davidhigham.co.uk/filmclients/anjum-malik/
Hidden Heroes Film by Anjum Malik, Director of Photography Didzis Starastin, Portraits Amina Ansari, Poetry Anjum Malik.