SKN Heritage museum based in Nottingham is the first Caribbean heritage and social history museum in the UK.
Although the museum was only founded a year ago its first film has already scooped Official Selection status at the Nottingham International Microfilm Festival (NIMF 2015), the festival will take place from the 15th of October to the 20th.
The event is to be hosted by ‘Creative England’s’ Richard Holmes, a pre-screening Q&A session with Nottingham-born documentary film director Jeanie Finlay and Mike Blair from ITV company Shiver will also be held. The film ‘Nine Nights’, which explores Caribbean funeral traditions in the UK, has been awarded Official Selection status in NIMFestival’s documentary category.
The 26-minute film will be shown as part of the festival’s Documentary Category Talks and Microfilm Screening on the 20th of October from 5pm-7pm at Broadway Cinema in Nottingham, along with other award winning documentaries.
The director of NIMFestival Faith Blakemore has displayed her enthusiasm for the short film, she said “We are really excited to be able to show ‘Nine Nights’ as part of our inaugural festival and demonstrate the value of microfilms as we explore how these films can offer promotion, education and inspiration”.
‘Nine Nights’ sees differing generations of Caribbean’s living in the UK explain funeral traditions ‘back home’ as contributors from Jamaica and St Kitts and Nevis share their personal experiences. The film explores the fascinating and captivating tradition of Nine Nights, the time from a person’s passing to their funeral. The film entails an elevating, merry and jubilant celebration including singing, feasting and dancing. ‘Nine Nights’ presents a happy reunion as opposed to a sad occasion as the film connotes the message that a loved one’s passing is one of the most sociable and celebrated events in a Caribbean’s life.
Founder and Director of the SKN Heritage Museum Catherine Ross has been commenting on the production, she stated, “Everyone talks happily and excitedly about the person, it’s not about mourning”.