The Annual Richard Burton Lecture 2023

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This event is part of the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities Public Lectures and Events series


Prof. Daniel Williams
Branwen Okpako

From: 16 Nov 2023, 7 p.m.
To: 16 Nov 2023, 8 p.m.
Location: Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea University, Singleton Park, SA2 8PZ, Swansea

‘Wales, Nigeria and Cinema: The Berlin Years’ - Branwen Okpako
Filmmaker and Professor of Cinema and Digital Media, University of California, Davis.

Branwen Okpako will evaluate how the experience of making the film about her Welsh heritage, 'Searching for Taid' (1998), defined her aesthetics and filmmaking style. The lecture will also weave in Branwen’s personal relationship with the work of Richard Burton with reference to the film 'Cleopatra.' ‘In cinema’, notes Okpako, ‘the audience is both the pilot and the passenger’ and her lecture will explore the role of cinema in the struggle to define oneself legibly to a society for whom one is invisible.

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