Saturday 31 October | 17:00 | BSL Zone + Facebook | Free
In partnership with Deaffest
LIVE ONLINE WATCH PARTY + CAST & CREW PANEL (BSL INTERPRETED)REGISTER
Dir. Bim Ajadi
UK. 2020. 29 mins.
English, British Sign Language with English subtitles.
This year Film Africa partners with the UK’s leading Deaf Film & Arts festival, Deaffest, to present HERE / NOT HERE, an event around Director Bim Ajadi’s latest work, which brings the visual vernacular art form into the mainstream.
HERE / NOT HERE is a hip hop music drama combining elements of hip hop dance, football, sign language and Visual Vernacular (VV) – a choreographic and poetic form of sign. Three rival groups – Deaf VVers, footballers and Krumpers – clash over who should use an abandoned warehouse space. Despite their differences, they find and inspire a common language through movement to communicate, collaborate and come together. The film is urban, funny and thought-provoking.
LIVE ONLINE CAST & CREW PANEL
The Online Watch Party will be followed by a live online BSL-interpreted panel event with director Bim Ajadi, writer Jonzi D and members of the cast discussing the process of working together as a team of Deaf and hearing creatives.
Bim Ajadi – Director, Here / Not Here
Jonzi D – Writer, Here / Not Here
Brian Duffy – Visual Vernacular consultant
Asnath Losala, Cast Member, Here / Not Here
Moderator: David Ellington
HERE / NOT HERE was commissioned by the British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust. Live events and panels are supported by Unlimited. Link to the film on BSL Zone: bslzone.co.uk/watch/herenot-here
Bim Ajadi is an award-winning film-maker from London. He co- directed LOOK UP for the opening of the 2012 London Paralympics Ceremony (Channel 4), has directed and edited award-winning music videos, DOT a docu-drama for FILM4, as well as PUNK CHEF. Bim is profoundly deaf, which gives him a unique visual perspective. Bim has a number of drama and documentary projects in development.