For An evening of Sensory Film

Bloomsbury Studio
10th Oct 2022
Free Event


Join us for an evening of sensory film.

Unlocking Touch is rooted in a collaboration between Lisa May Thomas, dance artist, filmmaker and researcher and the InTouch project at UCL. The project collaborators mapped and documented experiences of touch over the period of Covid19 restrictions around physical distancing and avoidance of physical contact – through audio-visual diaries. This material culminated in a binaural sound performance in the first instance and now developed into a sensory film edited by Julia Marie Schönheit.

Stories too big for a case file: Unaccompanied young people confront the hostile environment showcases the testimonies of young, unaccompanied refugees, asylum-seekers, and migrants as they navigate ‘the system’ in the UK. This is a tangled web of institutions, policies and individuals who are meant to care for children on the move, but often do not. In the film, individual stories emerge from a cacophony of voices to highlight common problems in the UK’s hostile border regime. They also show unaccompanied young people’s refusal to be reduced to a singular story, endemic in bureaucratic case files. Voices evoke the violence unaccompanied young people feel when repeatedly asked, or made, to tell their story, as well as the violence of not being asked nor being heard, and most of all their strength in the face of injustices. 

In the Name of Wild tells the story of a five-year journey across ten countries in search of the meanings of wild. The documentary film and interactive documentary explore wildness in UNESCO World Heritage sites in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Thailand, Italy, Iceland, Canada, Belize, Ecuador, and Argentina. Throughout ten distinct journeys the authors—a family of three—meet local residents and learn what wildness means to them. Inhabitants' perspectives teach us what it means to co-exist with wild nature in its myriad forms and push us to reimagine the meanings of wild and the values underlying environmental conservation and heritage preservation.

Running time: Approx 2 hours, inc interval

For accessible seating, please call 020 3108 1000 or e-mail ticketing@ucl.ac.uk

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