A GIFT OF CULTURE (2009)
A film by Robert Golden
This is a 26 minute documentary about how music in the community and music therapy help to heal children suffering from secondary war trauma in Bosnia. It shows the work of Nigel Osborne, Professor of Music holding the Reid Chair at the University of Edinburgh. Besides being a fine composer he is one of the world’s experts on the use of music therapy for people of all ages suffering from war trauma and other neurological and psychological problems.
The film centres on a children’s summer camp above Sarajevo which Professor Osborne has supported and attended for the last 12 years at which he, numbers of his students, theatre and music practitioners and other music therapists help the children to develop their own theatre piece. This leads the children into realms of creativity, it develops cognitive skills, calms them emotionally and enhances their self-confidence.
Alpha Woodward, an experienced music therapists, explains to a group of teenagers from Srebrenica the meaning of secondary trauma and how they may use techniques and skills to help younger children in their blighted town.
A GIFT OF CULTURE will be of interest to people involved with child psychology, music therapy and cultural development in both the global north and south as well as giving a general audience insight about the aftermath of war.
A TASTE OF CULTURE is an intelligent, articulate film about the damage done to children by the war in Bosnia: a subtle portrayal of the burdens and vulnerabilities carried by the children, their families and communities. But it dwells thoughtfully on the complex knots of emotional difficulty that implicate also the adults who try to help. There is a sensitive counterpoint between visual images and words. The intellectual horizons are broad, with questions about what music, the human voice and natural rhythms mean to us all. Above all, it is richly humane.
On the board of Warchild
We were glued to the screen …watching A GIFT OF CULTURE…
A powerful and important work and message.
Professor John Lumley
Chairman of the Music Therapy Charity
Professor of Surgery, St. Bartholomew's and the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Honorary Consultant Surgeon, St. Bartholomew's Hosptial, London. Member of Council, Royal College of Surgeons of England, Past World President, International College of Surgeons.
the full film and extra interviews can be downloaded or its DVD purchased from objectivecinema.net/showcase