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26 June 2019

Lessons Learned

by Syd Briscoe

Short Films: “Lessons” - 90s

Director George Watson taps into the raw power of spoken word performance with this defiant short film. Poet and performer Ana Paz cuts a striking, eloquent figure, as she talks about the modern cages women find themselves trapped in through societal expectation.

Whether it's the suggestion that they can "keep themselves safe" from men through choices about clothing and behaviour without asking those same men to change their ways, or addressing tired assumptions about "staying in the kitchen", Paz's controlled anger makes for riveting viewing.

The urban setting adds another layer of intrigue to the piece too, as trains trundle past and decaying paint gives a bleak backdrop to the poet's indictment of inequality. Impressive stuff.

Director: George A Watson
Cinematographer: Daniel D Moses
Sound Recordist: Cassandra Rutledge
Written By: Ana Paz
Location: Bow, East London

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