We launched Difference Screen on Friday 5th July in sweltering temperatures, an absurd moment putting on winter clothes to enter Clearwell Caves’ constant underground temperature of 11C. Film makers Atousa Bandeh and Sophie Nys joined us. Atousa flew from Amsterdam to be with us for the UK premiere of her film The Day I Disappeared. She was joined by her sister Alaveh, the first time the sisters have seen the film together. The film gives the chance to imagine what being smuggled over borders and separated from your family and younger sister might be like. Atousa confirmed that Alaveh is the younger sister in the film. A real privilege to …

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Difference Screen reflects on the world very much above ground – artists responses to social upheaval in landscapes, places and people – so starting underground may seem an oddity. But the possibility of screening artists’ film in the extraordinary red-yellow caverns of Clearwell Caves on 5 and 6 July was not one to be missed. The caves are actually disused, ancient iron ore mines, dating back 4,500 years – now open to the public. The walk deep into the earth in these meandering rocky spaces will create a powerful, experiential context for the films. Inge Lise Hansen’s Travelling Fields (pictured) seems appropriate, as Difference Screen emerges from underground to continue …

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