Film & Digital

 We Hear You Now, a spoken word audio walk commission embedded on benches, signposts and gates across 6 km of the Seven Sisters and Sussex Heritage Coast landscape – and online presents contemporary speculative fiction, poetry and new myths by Sussex-based writers of colour.

Film made with Bip Mistry highlights our work (above). We Hear You Now grew out of my 2020-23 Writing Residency at Seven Sisters Country Park and across the Heritage Coast, commissioned by the South Downs National Park Authority which supported a two year programme of research, walking and creative writing,  called We See You Now. Both have been majority funded by Arts Council England. Explore our work online here.

Below is a second legacy film a series of testimonials interviews with writers and commissioners on the project on our experience of developing the work for this iconic site.

Burning the Books: No Debt without Story (2015)

A film documenting our Burning the Books touring public performance project exploring the shame, power, impact and drama of debt together with over 1000 people across nine UK cities.

Edited by Kezia  Martin. Funded by Arts Council England.  Article on the Fabrica blog here.


1+1=3 (2003)

Eight women, three cultures, one conversation. A conversation within the third space that living within two cultures creates. Based on extracts from interviews with British-Iranian women on personal culture and memory, this film is a poetic celebration and evocation of cross-over culture and identity.

Runner-up, ICA Best Short Film of the Festival at the Halloween Short Film Festival, ICA London January 2004. Screened internationally.


”A film of outstanding beauty, great longing and a clearly personal statement’ , Jane Giles, ICA Head of Cinema.


Mother to Mother (2006)

Alinah Azadeh

Online artwork evolved through dialogue and workshops

 Mother to Mother investigated the emotional relationships and legacies of motherhood. In residency at the Robert Owen Early Years Centre in East Greenwich, Alinah held conversations with local mothers that focused on their relationships to their own mothers and to their children. These were followed by weaving workshops where participants were invited to express their ‘mother to mother’ relationships creatively and non-verbally. The process raised a whole series of questions, the most important of which formed the basis of an online garden at www.mother-mother.com, where visitors are invited to reflect on and plant their own maternal relationships.

Commissioned by Independent Photography, part of the Imagine East Greenwich programme.


Hand to Hand (2004)

Short film, Alinah Azadeh.

A collaborative video and live art project evoking dialogue around migration, cultural rituals, family relationships and spiritual issues.

Made during an Artist Residency, within the Turkish/Kurdish women’s community on Holly Street Estate, East London. Funded by the QueensbridgeTrust/ Immediate Theatre.


Memo: The Hill (2002)

Online artwork, Alinah Azadeh/Fredrik Lloyd

Audio stories, image, flash programming. Collaboration with writer Fredrik Lloyd.

Memo was an online work,  a network of audio pathways that poetically combine hearsay with imagined narratives. ‘The Hill’ was generated collaboratively with the community of Symondsbury and Bridport (Dorset), around Colmer’s Hill, a subject of local myth and rumour.

We began the project during a Labculture Residency at PVA in 2001 and its development was supported through PVA and Lighthouse, Brighton. It was premiered at the Hospital Festival in Brighton and shown at the Bridport Museum.


Tabula Rasa (2002)

Screening of work on Croydon skyline

58 artists films projected onto the sides of buildings in Croydon across 4 sites. A film screening programme using evolutionary curation by Jon Bird, Andy Webster and Joe Faith (University of Sussex). Also shown at LUX Open, RCA. Supported by Croydon Skyline and the Parfitt Gallery.


Routed (2002)

Routed
Alinah Azadeh/Fredrik Lloyd

Four public media artworks.
Collaboration with writer Fredik Lloyd and communities across Kent.

Four participative audio, video and print-based media works which used cultural, historical and environmental space to express community identity in West Kent, We worked with Swanley School, Tonbridge Age Concern, Maidstone River communities and Tunbridge Wells Camden Road communities.

Commissioned by West Kent Media Arts Consortium and funded by ACE through RALP. Managed by Wired Women.


The Hidden Hand (1995)

Dir: Alinah Azadeh, edited by Lisa Pfeiffer.

A multi-layered lyrical journey from West to East. This debut film used the artists own drawings, paintings and found objects to explore the Iranian side of her cultural identity. She experimented with a wide range of animation techniques and discovered for the first time the magic of working with the moving image.

The film won Special Mention for Innovative use of animation at the Viva 8! Festival, London 1995 and was screened at The British Short Film Festival 1995, The Cardiff Animation Festival and various other film festivals in the UK. Screened as part of Tabula Rasa, 2002.


Unspoken Symphony (1995)

Unspoken Symphony
Short animated film

Animated short film, BETA,1 min. Collaboration with composer Jay Arden.

A film made using two hundred charcoal drawings based on the movements of the whirling dervish. These drawings were made from direct experience and observation during workshops with a Sufi teacher in Paris over a two year period.

Screened at the British Short Film Festival and Cardiff Animation Festival 1995-6 and New Visions Festival, Glasgow 1995. Screened as part of Tabula Rasa, 2002.