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31 October 2019

Always ascending.

by Andrew MacGregor

International Fund for Agricultural Development: “Still I Rise” - 2 mins

There is a visual freshness to director Camille Summers–Valli's piece for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) that is complemented by some old-school poetic flair. The latter is provided by Maya Angelou's 'Still I Rise', which remains a vital and melodious statement of defiance over forty years after publication.

As the late Angelou asks "Did you want to see me broken/Bowed head and lowered eyes?" and promises to rise like dust and life, director Summers-Valli nimbly captures women at work on land and at sea across the globe. The ensuing blend of smiles, laughs, and hard graft proves tough to resist, though recent comments by the IFAD head suggest others must join the effort ASAP.

Film Production: Somesuch Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Camille Summers-Valli ♀
Producer: Gloria Bowman
Executive Producer: Sarah Pearson
Cinematographer: Maximilian Pittner
Colourist: Simon Bourne @ Framestore Ⓟ Ⓦ
Sound Designer: Neil Johnson Ⓦ @ 750MPH Ⓟ Ⓦ

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