The new documentary, which focuses on the lives and achievements of black people living in Northern Ireland, is in its final stages before it airs.
The documentary, We Are Here, presents the stories of more than a dozen people living in Northern Ireland, exploring their lives, achievements and experiences.
The documentary is produced by Lindsey Duke and is a sequel to the previous documentary Blacks and Northern Irish. Lindsay was also working on a similar project when she created an ad last year highlighting Northern Ireland’s Black History Month.
Speaking on Belfast Live, Lindsay told us that her new project will highlight the diverse experiences of people living in Northern Ireland.
He said: “I was the original producer for Black and Northern Ireland and started working on it because I realized it needed a lot of different stories, especially for black and mixed race people in Northern Ireland, and that it was worth emphasizing on the audience.
“From the beginning, my goal was to find other people of color in the film industry who would not have taken the opportunity specifically to work on this project.
“The reason is that I wanted to show the talent of Northern Ireland and the diversity of talent here and to explore the different stories of the people here in Northern Ireland.”
For the documentary, Lindsay assisted a diverse group of local talent from all backgrounds. They included director Tolo O’Gonnoyer, cinematographer Peter Johnston, sound recorder Andy McDermott, assistant camera Hannah McCollum, photographer Maisie Stewart, cinematographer Andre Tavares, editor Lloyd Edgar and graphic artist Sean Tate.
He then spoke to 14 people of black or mixed ancestry, all from different backgrounds. As he points out, there was some talk of racism, but there was more about the role of these people in Northern Irish life in general.
Lindsey explained: “This documentary is not just about race, but about contributions people made to Northern Irish society that you may have overlooked.
We spoke to a human rights lawyer here – I wanted to introduce him to the people. I think people might think, “Oh, they’re black and they’re from Northern Ireland.” They are the part that makes this place, they are connected to you.
“It was important to me to get these guys out and shed some light on what they’re doing. When it’s shown to the public, people won’t be able to say: ‘Colored are not Northern Ireland.’ I am there. In every industry – photography, modeling, legal roles – all the examples we show here.
So I would say that what we’re doing is not necessarily emphasizing ethnic issues in Northern Ireland, but emphasizing decisions, emphasizing results. It is a local producer with the locals but also offers local solutions on how to understand the breed. . “
Lindsay’s past in Northern Ireland helped her get to a position where she could tell these stories.
“I’ve lived in NI for nearly 22 years,” he told us. “My story is music. I’ve always been involved in events, bringing music to Northern Ireland. But in the past few years, I’ve been involved in issues… the only way to explain it is to help people understand each other.
“I’ve spent nights in clubs and here at dance parties where, even if it’s musical, it’s mostly a social issue. That was his point. Nowadays everything is more visible, you can see it more than ever. I went to the cinema. And I decided I wanted these stories. Take me to this place.”
The documentary itself will be released this year. Lindsey said she was in the final stages of finding a home for him via network television.
“We are currently in talks with the networks,” he said. “They saw the trailer and were impressed with the concept. We’re in the early stages of the talks and I’m sure the networks will pick it up. For me it’s something to see. The locals.”