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Solar Flares: Deaf Heritage, Sunday 25th September @ Filmhouse Edinburgh


A special screening and exploration of Scotland’s heritage often overlooked by a hearing and English language dominated society. This collection of 3 short films opens the door to Scotland’s deaf heritage through the lens of deaf filmmakers.

Solar Bear in partnership with Filmhouse brings a busy summer tour of screening events and workshops to a close in Edinburgh. After travelling across Scotland to venues and schools in Glasgow, Kilmarnock and Inverness, the Solar Flares: Deaf Heritage screening event will delight and challenge audiences in Scotland’s capital.

The screening event is part of a wider Solar Flares: Deaf Heritage programme, launched in 2020 with deaf BSL user Trudi Collier at the helm as Project Co-Ordinator, commissioning 8 projects. The programme is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and aims to find new, creative ways to celebrate deaf heritage. To mark the end of the tour the screening will coincide with the launch of Solar Flares: Deaf Heritage website – a rich multimedia legacy resource. The project will conclude next year in 2023 as the aims of the Scottish Government’s first BSL National Plan are delivered.

The screening event includes DeafFest 2022 shortlisted film Scotland, Forgive Me by Will Clark, a poetic meditation on belonging and connection with one’s country accompanied by breath-taking visuals.

Scott Campbell’s film Deaf Kilmarnock, Their Story captures the memories and experiences of members belonging to the Ayrshire Society for the Deaf as their club faces an uncertain future. Scotland has a proud history of deaf clubs stretching back 100 years. Once thriving melting pots of deaf culture, art, sport and religion met, the last 20 years has seen many close their doors for good.

Ruaridh Lever-Hogg’s documentary Deaf Creatives journeys through Scotland’s creative landscape from the perspective of deaf creatives. Narrated by Lever-Hogg who is an artist himself, the film examines historical figures through discussions with contemporary deaf artists who discuss their struggles and passions.

The audience will have the opportunity to discuss these films with the filmmakers themselves in an open Q&A session followed by a post-event reception at Filmhouse café.

Since 2002, Solar Bear has established itself as a force of change within the arts sector. It works with deaf performers, deaf theatre makers and young deaf people to create new and inclusive theatre and digital art.

Jonathan Lloyd, Creative Director/CEO at Solar Bear, said: ‘Solar Flares: Deaf Heritage is a celebration of stories from the past, present and future of Scotland’s deaf community. These stories create an important legacy, and deserve a wider audience.’

Filmhouse run monthly BSL supported screenings. Each screening is captioned, and there is always a BSL interpreter present in the foyer to answer any questions and provide support for buying tickets and drinks.

The event on Sunday 25th September, 2- 4PM at Filmhouse Edinburgh is free but ticketed. To book visit www.filmhousecinema.com. The films are appropriate for 12+ audiences and are in BSL with English subtitles. The after-show Q&A will be interpreted in BSL and English.

Ed Baker
Ed Baker
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