On 4 July, at Arnolfini Bristol, there is a day of film screenings for children and a Zoetrope Workshop. Zoetrope is a magical animation workshop for children to make their very own cartoon to watch on the big screen. Plus there will be screenings of the beautiful Hedgehog in the Fog, Kirikou and the Sorceress & The Red Balloon; all favorites in Haiti with the mobile cinema. All profits will be donated to HKKP. Extra special HKKP T-shirts will be on sale on the day, designed by Lady Lucy.
The children’s film screenings and Zoetrope Workshop will take place on the closing weekend of the Say Parsley exhibition, a sparse sound and language installation by writer and artist Caroline Bergvall and composer Ciarán Maher. The background to ‘Say Parsley’ is the biblical ‘shibboleth’, a violent event where language itself is gatekeeper, and a pretext to massacre. The pronunciation of a given word exposes the identity of the speaker. To speak becomes a give-away. Are you one of us, not one of us? How you speak will be used against you. The massacre of tens of thousands of Creole Haitians on the border of the Dominican Republic (1937) for failing to pronounce “perejil” correctly is the most recent example of a large scale shibboleth.