Films @ South Atlantic World Productions
South Atlantic World Productions (SAW-P) is an independent production company originating in, and with a thematic focus on, the South Atlantic World. These films are about travel, migrations, dispersals and the making of cosmopolitanisms, transnational communities and subjects.
This filmic portrait of South African jazz vocalist, Sathima Bea Benjamin, is shot in New York, Cape Town, St Helena and the Atlantic Ocean. In her Chelsea Hotel apartment, home for over thirty years, she patches together her journeys, from apartheid's 'pattern of brokenness', to a chance meeting and recording with Duke Ellington in Paris, to making a life in New York.
one hundred men
This colour DVD, 59-minute film documents the story of one hundred men who, in 1949, were recruited from the Island of St Helena in the South Atlantic to work as agricultural labourers in England. It weaves archival sources together with conversations with some of the surviving men, their respective wives, a daughter and an Oxfordshire farmer.