Travels With My Aunt (2017), 12:00min

Travels With My Aunt, Gordon Culshaw (UK)

I am interested in how our understanding of history is influenced, not only by how it is portrayed in the cinematic process, but also by the decisions as to which episodes of our national history need to be told. These decisions are based not only on the perceived values of the audience but, perhaps more importantly, on a desire to maintain a particular societal view of our role as a nation.
My great-great-aunt emigrated from Lancashire to Burma, in 1905. On one level this film montage looks at what the life of my aunt and her family might have been like; while on another level it attempts to depict the ‘Trek out of Burma’, and how the plight of these migrants may have compared to the experience of other refugees. Countless workers of the India Tea Association losing their lives helping the British refugees escape Burma in 1942 is a seldom told story.
A scene from ‘Grapes of Wrath’, aims to express the universality and inevitability of the unforeseen necessity for people to move across borders; and the fact that we will all at some point have to rely on the humanity of others.

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