Commissioned as part of the Brent 2020 London Borough of Culture programme, Our Journeys is a 30 minute film that collects interviews with Brent residents describing the struggles and challenges in their lives which brought them to the UK and Brent.  You can now watch the film below…

With heart-wrenching human stories of resilience that touch upon war, disability, religion and happy memories, the film is directed by Addictive TV’s Graham Daniels with a soundtrack by himself and Michael Neo, with award-winning Sri Lankan percussionist Ghow Ratnarajah, British Paraorchestra pianist Kevin Satizabal and flautist Peter Bosher – all three of whom are members of the Inner Vision Orchestra, the UK’s only blind ensemble.

The film is produced with the cooperation of Brent charity the Asian People’s Disability Alliance and was orginally conceived as a live cinema piece but with the ongoing Covid-19 situation it is now presented as a 30 minute film.  “We had to halt production during lockdown and when it soon became clear, with our venue partner the Kiln Theatre closed, performances in general were unlikely to happen before next year, so we had to adapt the project.” Daniels explains.  As an aside, 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 Addictive TV performed with the trio of 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


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