This River Winding
by Art + Power
art + power is a Bristol based arts organisation that supports disabled and socially excluded people to become empowered through the arts.
art + power has a national reputation for the quality of its arts and working practice. The group have performed and exhibited across the country including Birmingham NEC (UK); Tate Modern, London (UK); Tate Liverpool (UK) and National Film Theatre, London (UK).
In 2000 Picture This worked with art + power to produce This River Winding. This experimental animated film was formed from original visual art work, poetry and live action combined using digital techniques. The film reflects the life journeys of a number of artists with disabilities from childhood to adulthood. The rich and varied animation explores the themes of kindness and spite, ignorance and understanding, "A journey that varies wherever we go ... different people with different attitudes, some can greet you, others turn their heads away."
This River Winding was produced as part of the Freedom Project and featured as a case study in a recent Arts Council publication ‘The Power of Art' that documents the impact of the arts in regeneration, health, education and learning over the last decade. The project was funded by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of England. The film has been broadcast on HTV West and was shown at Bath Fringe Festival (UK); 3rd DFF - Lifting the Lid -The Lux Centre, London (UK); Bristol Community Festival, (UK); Picture this... Film Festival, Calgary, (CA) (Best 10-30 animation: filmmaker with a disability); and Access Denied conference, Sadlers Wells (UK).
The film is available with British Sign Language and subtitles.
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