‘Displaced’- Talk and Film Screening with Co-Director Ashley Karrell – Windrush Day
22 June 2023
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Venue Leeds Art Gallery
Join us for a special talk with award-winning film director Ashley Karrell, followed by a short film screening for Windrush Day 2023.
On 22 June, Windrush Day 2023, Leeds Art Gallery will be screening the powerful and visually captivating film Displaced (2022), co-directed by award-winning film director Ashley Karrell and Akeim Toussaint Buck, recipient of the Arts Foundation Futures Award in Dance Theatre. Drawing on Akeim’s own journey of migration from Jamaica to Leeds, it tells a story that is both deeply personal and universal.
The film explores themes such as displacement, race, culture and imperialism. Through his body and voice Akeim channels the story of colonialism: continents, centuries, the breadth of impact from political ideologies and the cruelty of refugeehood, all distilled into one human being. The film is a cinematic reimagining of Akeim Toussaint Buck’s one-man dance theatre show Windows of Displacement.
The film is 40 minutes in length and will be introduced by the film’s co-director Ashley Karrell.
Displaced (2022) – trailer
Ashley Karrell: Ashley is an award-winning director with a career spanning over two decades, producing a spectrum of work that includes films, visual art, commercial and experimental video and mass participation pieces across and outside of the UK. Ashley is captivated by stories about human experiences, and the fact that we all have something to share if we allow ourselves time and space to explore ideas of community, to be socially engaging, and internationally-minded. He is known for the feature documentary and theatre film of Geraldine Connor’s epic masterpiece Carnival Messiah.
Akeim Toussaint Buck is a multifaceted performing artist, born in Jamaica and raised in England. Since graduating from Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Toussaint Buck has been involved in cross disciplinary projects working with a wide range of artists. His focus as a maker and collaborator is to combine expressive skills such as dance, writing and poetry, beat-box, singing and acting through performance and telling new stories that reach beyond existing dance audiences. The work aims to reflect on reality, looking at ongoing socio-political issues, with a humanitarian intention.
Windrush 75: The ship HMT Empire Windrush arrived in Britain on 22 June 1948. On board were more than 800 passengers from the Caribbean. 22 June 2023 marks 75 years since that voyage. It is a major national moment, a chance to come together and celebrate this shared history. For more info about Windrush 75 events across the UK please click here Events — Windrush 75.
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