On Friday 17th March please join Engage at the specially arranged screening of the Ivan Riches’ film Meeting in No Man’s Land (Venue: Ruskin School of Art Bullingdon Road studios). Booking is essential; Event Description. Earlier that afternoon will be the opportunity to tour the Ruskin School of Art (ticket-holders only!)
Meeting in No Man’s Land was directed by Ivan Riches and produced by David Savill with music by Eliot Lloyd Short. This feature-length documentary compares and contrasts how German and British families have held and interpreted their First World War family histories across the generations. The film captures a deeply moving ‘meeting’ in April 2016 between British and German descendants of parents and grandparents who fought in the War, and its legacy within their families.
Gallery of photos from Age Exchange’s work in Bavaria with British and German families:
The film premiered at the BFI on the centenary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme, and showed across Bavaria during the centenary of the end of that battle. Most recently it showed at the Clapham Picturehouse cinema. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Age Exchange charity who produced Meeting in No Man’s Land claims this is the only publicly-funded centenary project to cross the national boundaries between the former combatants.
“Age Exchange is the UK’s leading reminiscence charity. We specialise in the use of reminiscence to improve the health and wellbeing of older people. We provide support for carers, a reminiscence arts intervention for people with dementia, activities for older people and inter-generational projects to bring people together…” [Age Exchange, shortlisted for the Guardian Charity Awards 2016]
The focus of Ivan Riches’ film is on the 24 family histories brought to life during the face-to-face encounter. He looks at how fathers, mothers, grandparents etc. passed their personal experience of the War to their descendants, exploring both the detail of those stories, as well as silence, trauma, and the War’s legacy within those families.
Students from a high school in Munich were involved in the film, and the shared family histories and the digitised artefacts from World War One have been used by students from four schools in London to create their own stories and responses. This has led to the launch of a Layar (VR) app that can be used on mobile phones on the Institute of Education Battlefield Tours Programme. Meet the Age Exchange developer at the #OxEngage VR workshop. Age Exchange’s work in this field was prompted by a partnership with Academic IT Services’s outreach and public engagement team.
The film will be followed by a brief panel discussion to include members of the film crew (like the producer, the director, cameraman, the composer of the music score), an elder who participated in the family history, and a representative of the University’s Academic IT Services.
Book early, places are limited. Doors open at 17:30, refreshments served, screening starts at 18:00.
Friday 17th March
18.00 – Doors open 17.30, refreshments served, film introduced by David Savill, Age Exchange, film followed by brief discussion. Closing 20.00 | Screening: Meeting in No Man’s Land | Intended audience: University members and the wider public who are interested in reminiscence arts or dementia care, schools outreach or public engagement with history and with the arts, and in the production of media | Event Description | Venue: Ruskin School of Art Bullingdon Road studios, 128 Bullingdon Road, Oxford, OX4 1QP (map) | Booking;
Many of these #OxEngage sessions showcase work done by the University’s IT Innovation Challenges and surface stories relating to the University’s Digital Education Strategy.
The full #OxEngage programme: http://blogs.it.ox.ac.uk/engage/oxengage/2017-2/. Watch this space along with the Engage Facebook page and follow #OxEngage to hear all the latest updates.