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Wales International Documentary Festival

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‘My Wales’ at the Wales International Documentary Festival 2018’ Blackwood Miners’ Institute on 18th, 19th and 20th April.

Diverse Cymru were pleased to be part of the Wales International Documentary Festival.

In April 2018, Diverse Cymru took part in pre-viewing the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) commissioned film ‘My Wales’ with a Q&A to discuss the film’s production and content and an African drumming workshop.

As part of our contribution to the festival, we also provided individuals from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to meet organisations from within the creative industries, and provide advice on where the industry advertises and promotes its employment and training opportunities. This included information on Diverse Cymru’s new Creative Skillset HETV Levy Bursary Scheme.

Diverse Cymru was commissioned by the Equality and Human Rights Commission in Wales to create a series of films that highlight the issues and promote the positive stories of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Wales.

Created by filmmaker Tara Wyllie, ‘My Wales: Stories of Sanctuary’ is a journey through towns and cities across Wales, meeting the men and women, young and old, who arrived in this green and pleasant land, through seeking asylum in the UK. People from Syria, Pakistan, Nigeria, Cameroon, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uganda, Eritrea, Iran and Albania tell their own bitter sweet stories of resilience, trust and hope. From football to poetry, mountains to music, we learn what life is like living in Wales and what Welsh life means to these story tellers. We experience with them, their everyday lives as they learn a new language, the ups and downs of family life in a new country, making new friends and making opportunities for themselves and their loved ones. Above all, the film is about keeping hope and aspiration alive after a life of persecution and uncertainty, whilst still facing challenging times and an uncertain future.


Wales International Documentary Festival

Wales International Documentary Festival invites you to watch the best documentary films of the year. The programme included masterclasses and networking events with industry experts and took place in Blackwood.  This included a preview screening of Welsh feature, “My Grandfather The Spy” and landmark historical documentary “The Dragon Has Two Tongues” with Q&A with director Colin Thomas.

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