This is Not a Poem
Film and discussion with Eric Ngalle
This Is Not A Poem is a film-poem exploring issues of diversity and race, and celebrating tolerance and understanding. It is based on the works of Cameroon-born poet Eric Ngalle Charles, who came to Wales as a refugee almost twenty years ago and has since become one of Wales’ foremost poets.
Eric has performed at the Hay Festival and held a series of writing workshops at the Dylan Thomas Centre. The writer Owen Sheers, who is a keen supporter of Eric, has described his work as using “a unique theatrical language”.
In the film producer-director Greg Lewis, who has Bafta Cymru and New York Film & TV Festival awards, edits and reshapes many of Eric’s poems into a single narrative which describes why he left his homeland and how he came to settle in Wales.
The central theme of the work is identity and how we can all see ourselves as having several different identities at the same time: south Cameroonian, African, Welsh, for instance. Or English/Welsh-speaking Welsh, British, European.
The themes of the film are especially relevant because of the continuing national debate over immigration and Brexit.
The film will form part of a special event at which Eric will discuss poetry and his own thoughts on race and identity, with discussion with the audience.
One hour approx. inc film and discussion.