TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
A Walk in Other Peoples Shoes – A UN Human Trilogy
Friday Jan 30 7 – 9 pm, Bahrs Landing 2 Bay Avenue Highlands
Gill Fickling kicks off the 2015 TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE FilmNITE Film Festival at Bahrs Landing this Friday
January 30th. FilmNITE, co-sponsored by HBAC (Highlands Borough Arts Council) and Bahrs Landing, is an interactive experience where local filmmakers and photographers introduce their work, present their work, and discuss their work with audience participants within the intimate confines of the newly created grotto-like space downstairs at Bahrs Landing.
Featuring three films Ms. Fickling filmed on location and produced for the United Nations, A Walk in Other Peoples Shoes takes us to the Solomon Islands, West Africa and Greece to experience the challenges and triumphs of the local people.
“Akhtar’s Story” Migrating to another country in pursuit of safety and a better life has long been a way of coping with crisis; but for some, the quest can be tortuous and seemingly without end.
“The Wood for the Trees” In a remote corner of the Solomon Islands, a land of dense trees once populated by head-hunters, a struggle is underway – how to keep up with the 21st Century, while also protecting a way of life.
“People of the Forest” For most of us, owning a passport or identity card is something we take for granted. Observe how the pygmies of West Africa have never been recognized as citizens of their own country.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
For the past 12 years, Highlands-based film-maker, Gill Fickling, has been traveling the world making films for the United Nations covering issues of UN priority – human rights, climate change, women’s health and safety, indigenous people’s struggles, and the fight for democracy. The films tell the stories of people’s lives and how they are impacted by these themes, their brave struggles for survival and their courage overcoming challenges of the world’s forgotten stories. Gill’s films have been shown at Film Festivals around the world as well as at numerous high-level events where global policy-makers are brought together under the UN umbrella.