Documentary Films

Lake Chamo Rift Valley

Many of our Film Department’s projects are documentary films, working with people to make films about their lives, other people’s lives, or exploring real issues to share with a wider audience. These projects use film to document life from the viewpoint of a wide range of people and communities, and aim to share these stories with people to promote awareness of issues, connect communities and create opportunities for positive change.

Here are some of our documentary films:

2011

Meskel in Endegagne – In Ethiopia the Meskel Ceremony (The Founding of the True Cross) is one of the most colourfully celebrated occasions for Ethiopian Orthodox Christians, but nowhere more so than in the Guraghe region of Ethiopia. This documentary explores the tradition.

‘Hut 9’ – A Film About the P.O.W Camp in Bridgend – On the night of 10th-11th March 1945, Seventy German prisoners tunnelled to freedom from Camp 198 in Bridgend. It was the biggest escape attempt made by German P.O.W.s in Great Britain during the Second World War. This film tells the story of the German P.O.W Camp at Island Farm in Bridgend and was screened at the Holocaust Memorial events in Bridgend in January 2011. In this short film Brett Exton talks about the potential of developing the remaining derelict hut into an Education Centre.

2010

Why? – As part of Valley and Vale’s Cardiff Anti-Bullying project the young people used some of the writing they have done in the past years to produce short video poetry films. This is Neomi’s story.

Who am I? – As part of Valley and Vale’s Cardiff Anti-Bullying project the young people used some of the writing they have done in the past years to produce short video poetry films. This is Natascha’s story.

Dear Bully – In partnership with the Cardiff Anti-Bullying project Valley and Vale worked with young people who experienced bullying in schools; because of their experiences some of the young people stopped going to school. This is Neomi’s story.

Why Me? – In partnership with the Cardiff Anti-Bullying project Valley and Vale worked with young people who experienced bullying in schools; because of their experiences some of the young people stopped going to school. This is Sinead’s story.

My Cardiff – Valley and Vale Community Arts facilitated a one day workshop day with young people in Cardiff funded by the British Council as part of the ‘Open Cities’ project.

2007

Beyond the Number, Beyond the Crime – This video was made with 10 inmates from HMP Parc Prison, Bridgend, working with facilitator Katja Stiller.

2006

I Was There – This film explores themes of Paula’s life journey, her history and the sense of community she remembers from her childhood during the miners’ strikes in Wales in the 1980’s.

2003

Our World – Our Journeys – This film was made with young asylum seekers in Cardiff and the launch event was a great success, with speakers, dance and rapping performances and creative workshops with local young people using Community Arts to explore some of the issues in the resource pack such as identity, diversity and multicultural awareness.