Introducing 'JUS SOLI', a brand new thought provoking short film nominated for the Document Film Festival which will be screening this Saturday at the CCA.
Document was set up in 2003 and specialises in screening personal stories with a global punch that are both accessible, engaging and challenging; who seek to show work in a wide range of styles, from reportage to cinematic essays, from investigative journalism to experimental forms. JUS SOLI is our favourite from this years nominations so we take a deeper look at what it's all about.
JUS SOLI opens up a discourse on the Black British experience; interrupting the emotional transition between generations and questioning what it means to be British.
An experimental film that charts the changing emotions of Britain's Black population, from a Caribbean on the SS Windrush: full of hope and love for the “motherland” to a disaffected British youth angry, alienated and marginalised in British society. Splicing together archive footage, filmed scenes, sounds and images to build an image of Britain struggling to relinquish it's colonial powers.
The film shines light on the under represented tragedy of 13 British youths killed in The New Cross House Fire, 18th January 1981. The New Cross House Fire happened on Sunday 18th January 1981, Yvonne Ruddock was celebrating their 16th birthday in a house on New Cross Road in Deptford. A fire started on the ground floor and quickly spread, trapping many of the guests upstairs. Thirteen people - all black - were killed, 2016 marks the 35th anniversary of this tragedy.
Drawing on feelings and emotions of the time the film opens up a discussion on race and immigration, making a powerful statement about identity and belonging. 'JUS SOLI' screens as part of the HOME triple bill at Document, it explores the notion of home, place and identity. From the land, buildings and skin in which we inhabit. These modern sketches bring us closer to understanding who we are, highlighting the need for constructive discourse on these issues.
The film features a powerful performance from Nicholas Pinnock ("Fortitude ,"Topboy") and a never heard before re-recording of "New Craas Massahkah" from acclaimed dub-poet Linton Kwesi Johnson.