Drawing inspiration from William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience, this film season focuses on contemporary filmmakers around the world who tell stories from the child’s perspective.
William Blake describes Songs of Innocence and Experience as “the two contrary states of the human soul.” The poems in Songs of Innocence are about a youthful, gullible character, who has a naive perspective on the world, while the poems in Songs of Experience are more self-aware, developed, and resilient.
The films presented in this season explore the subject of children’s lives and how they offer different perspectives on culture, religion, and society.
Summer 1993 is a simple and gentle film about six-year-old Frida, who after the unexplained death of her mother must live with her Aunt and Uncle and their daughter. Carla Simon’s debut feature is a moving semi-autobiographical tale that beautifully reimagines her own childhood, in which she explores the five stages of grief through Frida’s point of view. The depiction of grief never feels laboured and somehow manages to be alluring, bringing simplicity to a subject that is somewhat complex. The film is a serene tale about the loss of childhood innocence and the beginning of a new life.
Date: 25th …read more