Animation director Anna Ginsburg is set to premier a new film, Ugly as part of Refugee Week (17-23 June) at an event centring around the theme of the integration of refugees within the creative industry.
Anna’s latest film, made in collaboration with the artist Melissa Kitty Jarram, is an animated narration of a Ugly, a poem written by Warsan Shire. Warsan, who was born in Kenya to Somali parents before moving to Britain at the age of one, often writes poetry surrounding this experience. Her voice on the subject is prominent with in her poem, Conversations about Home (at a deportation centre) as well as Ugly. Warsan is also well known for her work on Beyoncé’s Lemonade, as well being the recipient of the prestigious Brunel University African Poetry Prize.
Anna and Melissa’s film premier organised by Strange Beast – taking place at The Trampery in Old Street, London – will also sit alongside further films inspired by refugee stories. These include Loup Blaster’s Al Hurriya, Dear Habib by Majid Adin and Then I Came By Boat by Marleena Forward.
Following the screening will be a panel discussion featuring artist and animation director Majid Adin, photographer Arteh Odjidja and Tom Green, a founding staff member of Counterpoints Arts a charity with a mission “to support and produce the arts by and about migrants and refugees”.
Tickets for the event, taking place on 19 June, are available here and all proceeds will be donated to Counterpoints Arts to further its work as a leading national organisation in the field of arts, migration and cultural change.
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