By Avleen Anand
Picture Courtesy: Digital Film Archive/ UCC Archive & Appropriation
"I remember the first time I attended the UCC welcome program for Non-EU students, where they asked a question and made us think: What do you want from UCC? What are your expectations?" In my heart, I knew what I wanted, and UCC (University College Cork) nurtured that vision by providing us the opportunity to explore our potential. As a part of our Archive & Appropriation module, I along with my other five classmates from Film and Screen Media program embarked on an exciting journey that allowed us to harness our creativity and storytelling skills. In just three minutes, we were set out to conceive, create and deliver captivating pieces of films using archive footage from Northern Ireland Screen and ScreenOcean Reuters. Let's dive into the world of archive and appropriation where the past meets the present through the lens of Aoibh, Avleen, Daniel, Dervla, Elena and Lawrence.
Aoibh: Unveiling the Spirit of Brave Irish Women
Her creation is a heartfelt homage to the courageous Irish women who have tirelessly fought for justice, especially regarding reproductive rights. Using archival footage, her film takes us on a powerful journey towards liberation in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The film beautifully captures the spirit of these individuals and their unwavering determination.
Avleen: Exploring Maya and Life's Illusions
My project delves into the concept of Maya, which encompasses various forms of illusion that can divert us from the reality of life. Through my creative lens, I question the essence of life and reality, challenging viewers to see their lives with a focused perspective. This music video, filled with educational and playful elements, invites us to ponder the question, "What did you see?"
Daniel: Uncovering the Titanic's Legacy
In a unique approach, Daniel takes us on a captivating journey through an all-new Titanic documentary. His film explores the legacy of the ill-fated liner and the town that served as its last port of call. Through archival footage and storytelling, he breathes life into a historical narrative that continues to fascinate audiences worldwide.
Dervla: Meditating on Housing Precarity and Resistance
Dervla's short film offers a thought-provoking meditation on the relationship between housing precarity and resistance. Utilizing material from Northern Ireland Screen's Digital Film Archive and Reuters ScreenOcean/Archive for Education 2023, she sheds light on the challenges faced by marginalized communities. Her work serves as a testament to the power of visual storytelling to bring important issues to the forefront.
Elena: Decaying Asylums and Forgotten Stories
Elena's film transports us to abandoned asylums and mental hospitals, once bustling with life but now slowly decaying. Through haunting visuals and a poignant narrative, she brings to light the forgotten stories that these places still hold. Her work is a testament to the enduring impact of spaces that were once meant for healing.
Lawrence: Recreating History on the Streets of Cork
Lawrence takes us on a journey through time, recreating a series of street interviews from 1964. Inspired by Ulster Television reporters who investigated opinions on large families, his short film captures the essence of these conversations on the streets of Cork City in 2023. It's a fascinating look at how perspectives have evolved over the decades.
Reflecting on what we wanted from UCC, I believe we found ourselves with an invaluable opportunity to not only learn but to also shape narratives that shed light on important aspects of history, society and culture. The supervision of our mentor Ciara Chambers and the guidance from Northern Ireland Screen and ScreenOcean Reuters have helped us to masterfully create and deliver compelling narratives that engage, educate and entertain.
As these films are now streaming on the Digital Film Archive Player,
audiences have the chance to immerse themselves in these captivating stories and discover the rich history of Ireland through the eyes of these emerging filmmakers. Moreover, viewers can explore other historical contemporary films about Ireland within the archive's collections, further enriching their cinematic experience.
By Emily Terri Shannon
On April 14th, 2023, I had the privilege to host a momentous event, the Film and Screen Media Oscar Awards, more commonly referred to as the FOSCARS. Here we saw all the final year films, which we were delighted to watch collectively. These films were a display of the impeccable skills that we had honed over the years, and it was an extraordinary moment to witness all our hard work pay off!
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Editorials and reviews by students at University College Cork in Cork, Ireland. Compiled and edited by Emily Power.