Tuesday, May 30, 2017

'The Cracked Jug' (Videopoem)

Inspired by an ancient Mesopotamian jug in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, England, the videopoem The Cracked Jug, directed by Suzanne Cohen, is based on a poem by Shakira Morar. The narrator of the film, Morar, from Headington School, Oxford, was the 17-year-old overall winner of the 2016 Poetry for Peace project. 

Created by Oxford poet Jenny Lewis and Iraqi poet Adnan al-Sayegh, the Poetry for Peace project seeks to promote improved relationships between English-speaking and Arabic-speaking communities. More than 60 students ages 11 - 17 were involved in the 2016 project, in addition to The Poetry Society, the Ashmolean Museum, the Foreign Office, and the Commonwealth Office. Morar's poem and four others have been translated into Arabic and will be published by the Foreign Office in the Poetry for Peace 2016 Anthology.

The poetry film was produced by The Poetry Society, a 4,000-member arts organization representing British poets and poetry nationally and internationally.

"The Place for Film in Poetry", Jenny Lewis Website, January 18, 2017

The Poetry Society on YouTube and Vimeo

The Poets House Oxford on FaceBook

Adnan al-Sayegh on FaceBook

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