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Being Human Festival 2022

National Youth Theatre, English Heritage’s Shout Out Loud and the University of Warwick present an exclusive first look of an original new film captured on location at Portchester Castle:

The Ancestors

Written by Lakesha Arie-Angelo

Directed by Jade Lewis

Starring young talent from the National Youth Theatre.

The screening will be preceded by a Q&A with some of the academics and creatives involved in the project.

A clique of Caribbean maroon warrior women, a general of Haiti and his right hand man, an ex enslaved couple reclaiming their land, a group of Black French Caribbean soldiers held captive in Portchester and their wives travelling across the Atlantic to be reunited with them. These are The Ancestors- manifesting in our world, in the hopes we can stop history repeating itself, but do we really hold the key? What dark forces are still currently at play?

Here we stand.Feet on the soil of this strange land.But here we are.Here we stand.

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The Ancestors is part of Freedom and RevolutionLink opens in a new window, a collaborative project in partnership with English Heritage Shout Out Loud and University of Warwick. It is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the David Toguri Bursary Fund. We are grateful to their principal supporters Arts Council England, the Culture Recovery Fund and to Playful Productions for their support