Borrowing languages and ideas from anthropology and social science, this experimental short film explores themes related to the roots and legacy of the Transatlantic slave trade and the blurred boundaries between clinically reporting objective facts and conveying emotive feelings. I was playing with the idea of the cold disconnected retelling of visual data, and the emotional attachments that emerge. Slavery is a history that has lots of dates and statistics and that cold raw data information, and it also has a deep seated sense of culture and emotions, and feelings and deep-rooted subjectivity in terms of how we respond to the topic. So in this experimental film I was aiming for a style that was cold and clinical with feelings of emotion seeping through the narrative.
Photography taken during my visit to Ghana in 2008 and in Bristol circa 2008 – 2010.
Computer generated voices provided by Odd Cast and the Acapela Group.
Produced for Slavery Legacies launch event, Colour of Money and Cotton Connections projects, Nottingham – 2014
By Dr Shawn Sobers for Firstborn Creatives