Ipswich Launch of "Malka" supports Suffolk Refugees, Fri 28 April
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The official launch event on Friday 28th April will reveal many of the inspiring stories behind this collaboration as well as raising vital funds for Suffolk Refugee Support. The evening will feature a rich and varied programme, including an introductory talk by Suffolk Refugee Support, two screenings of Malka with and without subtitles, an exhibition and live speed-painting by artist Lois Cordelia, and live traditional Eastern European music and dance.
The event is being generously co-hosted by the award-winning Ipswich theatre group Red Rose Chain, whose ethos closely matches that of the Malka project: "Many of our practitioners and volunteers are those whose lives have been turned around by Red Rose Chain. We believe in change and have created a finely balanced, welcoming and creative environment which nurtures our participants, builds their self-esteem and radically improves their life."
Malka is a non-profit film that aims to reach out to the public and promote empathy and understanding of refugees, seen through the eyes of a child.
One of the challenges that Lois faced was how to convey both the traumas and the aspirations of the young girl, Malka, in ways that touched people's emotions without being unbearably painful to watch. The film hints at the trials and hardships that Malka and her mother endure, but also plants seeds of hope for a brighter future.
Lois wanted her pictures to have a universal appeal, hence her depictions of Malka embrace various ages and different nationalities. She also emphasises the value of using creative activities as therapy for refugee children, suggesting how the young girl could express her memories of trauma through her own paintings. Remembering how to paint as a child was an important part of Lois's journey following in the footsteps of Malka.
Below: Left to right: Andy Mapplebeck, Stefan Freedman, Adrian Lush, Lois Cordelia, January 2017. Photo credit: Tony Mounter.
Above: Left to right: Andy Mapplebeck, Stefan Freedman, Adrian Lush, Lois Cordelia, January 2017. Photo credit: Tony Mounter.
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