CLEFT: PART III // Bangladesh
CLEFT: PART II // Bangladesh
After the success of the first film for CLEFT in raising enough in donations to fund their entire three year project plan in Bangladesh, I was asked to return to Dhaka in August 2016 to produce a second installment.
Focusing primarily on a young boy called Ibrahim, this film follows him on his long journey of treatment. Born with severe facial clefts that went across his cheeks from his eyes to his mouth, Ibrahim required multiple operations during his first years of life.
My visits to Bangladesh have been punctuated by moments of trauma but also of incredible kindness, generosity, love and humanity that I feel lucky to have been a part of. My only aim with this work was to express some of those moments and share the life changing work the doctors in the Dhaka Medical College Hospital do with the support of Cleft U.K.
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CLEFT // Bangladesh
Over 300,000 people have cleft lips or palates in Bangladesh. A deformity which as well as sometimes being terribly disfiguring can cause many problems with speech, swallowing, and creates social issues for the individual.
CLEFT is a charity working with doctors and staff in Dhaka, Bangladesh, to create the countries first comprehensive cleft care centre, to provide treatment for cleft patients, from diagnosis right through to speech and language therapy. In February I joined members of the CLEFT team going to Dhaka to document the beginnings of this ambitious project.
Amy Isles Freeman // Cornwall
Felix McCormack // Cornwall
Felix McCormack works in his workshop on an ancient farm in Cornwall. Surrounded by an eclectic array of other brilliant craftsman, he is part of a unique and beautiful community of makers. Last summer he took on a huge project, which fortunately coincided with what the farmer described as "An unusually special summer". I spent days and days up there over the course of a couple of months, just hanging out in the workshops whilst various makers helped produce the 800 or so individual pieces for GAIL's bakery.
Mary Wondrausch // Surrey
Originally, when I first met Mary Wondrausch, it was to arrange to film a much longer documentary about her, her life, her art, and her home called Brickfields, in Guildford.
So her Grandson, Sol and I, travelled there to introduce me to her, the meeting organised almost entirely by hand written letters, to talk about when we would come again to film.
Nearly everything Mary says is amazing. Provocative, thoughtful, uncompromising, naughty, historically notable or profound. So I started to film our brief stay at Brickfields.
Eventually Mary decided she did not want to make a longer film.