OurLand Productions Ltd is the recently established company of long time collaborators Robert Rae and Helen Trew. Leading practitioners in socially engaged arts, as a creative team they have produced two multi-award winning and BBC broadcast feature films THE HAPPY LANDS (with the Fife Mining Community), TROUBLE SLEEPING (with Refugees and Asylum Seekers) and the BAFTA nominated short FREEZE (with Young Carers).
“ Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community..” Article 27 of Human Rights Act
OurLand Productions is the vehicle through which Robert and Helen develop creative projects driven by a human rights approach to cultural participation. We know how strong the barriers to meaningful participation can be, but also understand the powerful and positive impact on individuals, audiences, policy makers and communities that creative involvement can have. Over our combined careers we have developed projects and programmes to overcome those barriers with multiple organisations including arts and heritage organisations, NGOs, education, health, social justice, criminal and public sector and youth work. Central to our approach is to devise the Project around the people who choose to participate. This process values everyone’s contributions and helps to develop a genuine sense of ownership, enables participants to become champions and advocates and connect the Project with the local community, businesses and social organisations.
OurLand Productions current project:
THE CHILDREN’S MARCH – inspired by archetypal folk tales such as The Pied Piper of Hamlyn and by Berthold Brecht’s classic poem Kinderkreuzzug which itself was an adaptation of an earlier Finish poem by Arvo Turtiainen’s called Sotakoira. Brecht’s adaptation, first a screen play and then a poem, was set in 1941 and told the story of unaccompanied refugee children fleeing war in Poland, in 2017 we are adapting it to tell the story of children fleeing Syria today.
In the context of community empowerment, the Project represents a significant intervention through an artistic route around the most conflicted and contentious aspects of immigration. By being part of something extraordinary the Project aims to inspire, engage and retain a diverse, vibrant, committed group of young people, community activists and professionals, with the aim of reconnecting audiences with their innate empathy and humanity for the plight of unaccompanied children in war.