Join us online for Deaf Conversations About Cinema when we will be discussing Rocks, a vibrant and engaging portrait of girlhood, resilience and growing up in London.
This month Deaf Conversations About Cinema will be a hybrid event for the first time - which simply means that you can come and watch the film at Watershed (Rocks opens on Thu 24 Sept and there are DS screenings at 15:50 on Thu 24 and Fri 25 Sept) and then join us online on Mon 28 Sept at 19:30 to have a conversation about the film where we can share our thoughts and questions.
Uniquely crafted by a majority female creative team in collaboration with mostly first-time actors, Rocks follows teenager Rocks (Bukky Bakray) who fears that she and her little brother Emmanuel (D'angelou Osei Kissiedu) will be forced apart if anyone finds out they are living alone. With the help of her friends, she evades the authorities and navigates the most defining days of her life.
Rocks was written by Theresa Ikoko (winner of the Alfred Fagon award in 2015 for her play Girls) and Claire Wilson (Little Drummer Girl), and directed by Sarah Gavron (Suffragette, Brick Lane) and associate director Anu Henriques. The lead cast features Bukky Bakray, Kosar Ali, Shaneigha-Monik Greyson, Ruby Stokes, Tawheda Begum, Anastasia Dymitrow, Afi Okaidja and D'angelou Osei Kissiedu.
This core group of British girls, who all come from differing cultural backgrounds including Nigerian, Somali, Polish, Bangladeshi, English and Congolese-Ghanaian, emerged out of extensive workshops in which they generously shared experiences of friendship, their cultures, social media and school life as part of the filmmaking process.
The online discussion will be hosted by Deaf artist, performer and filmmaker David Ellington with a special guest still to be confirmed and will feature BSL interpretation throughout. All are welcome.
Meeting ID: 655 356 0949