31 October 2017
Two films made in collaboration with the Department of Music at SOAS University of London have been shortlisted for this year’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Research in Film Awards.
The first of the shortlisted films, ‘The Damara King’s Festival’, was made by Andrew Botelle of Mamokobo Films, Namibia, in collaboration with Dr Angela Impey, Associate Head of Department in the Music Department at SOAS, and partners from Bath Spa and Edinburgh Universities as part of the ‘Future Pasts' research project. This is the first filmed record of The Damara King's Festival, an event that takes place annually in the settlement of Okombahe in the Erongo Region of west Namibia.
‘Tabuluja (Wake up)’, the second of the shortlisted films, is a collaboration between SOAS and University of Sussex. The film is made by Jasper Chalcraft from the University of Sussex (and European University Institute), with Rose Satiko Hikiji , Visiting Scholar to the SOAS Music Department from the University of São Paulo, and Shambuyi Wetu, an artist from Democratic Republic of Congo living in São Paulo). The research and filming explores the experiences of African musicians, dancers and artists currently residing in São Paulo and I s part of a larger project entitled “Being/Becoming African in Brazil: Migrating musics and heritages”, funded by the Brazilian research agency FAPESP.
Launched in 2015, the Research in Film Awards celebrate short films, up to 30 minutes long, that have been made about the arts and humanities and their influence on our lives. The winners will be announced on 9 November.