Commissioned as part of the Brent 2020, London Borough of Culture programme, Our Journeys is an audiovisual documentary-style piece involving Brent residents and produced in collaboration with blind musicians and local charity the Asian People’s Disability Alliance. It was orginally conceived as a live cinema piece but with the ongoing pandemic situation it has become an online film to be presented in November 2020.
We’re all on our own journeys, both metaphorically and – for all the interviewees in our project – quite literally. The project is based on video interviews with residents telling their stories of how they came to live in Brent, overcoming challenges and difficulties in life, from those dealing with disabilities and carers who fight the system to those who made life changing plans because of war or even becoming refugees themselves.
Our Journeys features the voices of those who aren’t often heard, all to a soundtrack by Addictive TV’s Graham Daniels, 3D sound-designer Michael Neo, award winning Sri Lankan percussionist Ghow Ratnarajah, British Paraorchestra pianist Kevin Satizabal and flautist Peter Bosher – the former chair of the British Computer Association of the Blind (the organisation representing blind technology professionals).
For info, in September 2019 the Asian People’s Disability Alliance were featured in an article in The Guardian about the sidelining of disabled asian women, which can be read here. 2019 also marked the charity’s 30th anniversary, marked by a gala event at Brent Civic Centre where we performed alongside musician friends mentioned above.
Our Journeys is one of the projects supported by the Brent 2020 Culture Fund, a programme exploring the stories, art and emotions that hold life in Brent together. For more information visit www.brent2020.co.uk