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This next Pop Up Docs screening is a fundraiser for Bath Welcomes Refugees, get your tickets from our home page: £6 adult | £5 student | £4 unwaged/single parent | FREE refugees/carers
We hope to see many people at this screening, to raise funds and awareness too. Please do come, bring a friend, and tell your neighbours too…
£30 pays for a child’s school uniform, £100 for a pushchair: these are simple things some take for granted, which for others are essential to accessing an education or getting out of the house with the kids. When you think of what is going on across the whole country of Syria (most of the refugees in Bath are from Syria, hence the film choice) as well as the much-covered devastation of Aleppo, a school uniform or a buggy don’t seem like much to ask for, and your donations, any donation, can make a huge difference here.
Bath Welcomes Refugees is a friendly group for anyone in the area who would like to be involved with welcoming refugee families. We have invited a guest speaker to share a glimpse of life as a refugee, the experience of displacement from home, being unable to return to the place where you belong.
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It seemed only right that at some point, a pop-up cinema specialising in documentaries should screen “the first ever documentary film” : NANOOK OF THE NORTH.
Although made in 1922, the film feels far from stale. It still had our audience laughing and gasping at this incredible story. There was much discussion afterwards about how Flaherty would have managed to film under such difficult conditions. Researching further I was shocked to discover just how much equipment he did carry with him. In HOW I FILMED NANOOK OF THE NORTH (1922), Robert Flaherty writes:
“My equipment included 75,000 feet of film, a Haulberg electric light plant and projector and two Akeley cameras and a printing machine so that I could make prints of film as it was exposed and project the pictures on the screen so that thereby the Eskimo would be able to see and understand wherever mistakes were made.”
The first scene that Flaherty showed Nanook and the others was the dramatic Walrus hunt footage:
“Our boat, laden with walrus meat and ivory- it was a happy crew that took me back to the Post, where Nanook and his fellows were hailed with much acclaim. I lost no time in developing and printing the film. That walrus fight was the first film these Eskimo had ever seen and, in the language of the trade, it was a “knock-out.””
Its a fantastic scene – and interesting to discover that it was enjoyed by the Innuits themselves as much as by us.