In his new book, ‘Landscapes of Silence: From Childhood to the Arctic’, renowned anthropologist and filmmaker Hugh Brody weaves a dazzling tapestry of personal memory and distant landscapes: childhood in England in the shadow of the Second World War, the Derbyshire hills, a kibbutz in Israel and the deep Canadian Arctic.
He takes us on his first journeys to the Arctic, a world so far removed from anything he had known as to be a chance to learn, all over again, what it can mean to be alive. As he reveals, the realities of the far north were a joy, but even there he found abuses of the people and the land – and voices that were deeply silenced by the forces of colonialism. In these landscapes, human well-being appears to be both possible and impossible. Yet in memory, in the land, in the defiance of silence, Hugh Brody sees a profound humanity – as well as hope.
This ‘in conversation’ will be preceded by a screening of one of Hugh Brody’s documentaries (duration 30 minutes).
Hugh Brody is a writer, anthropologist and filmmaker. After publishing ‘In-ishkillane', his classic study of the west of Ireland, he spent many years immersed in communities of indigenous peoples of the Arctic and Subarctic Canada. His books include ‘The People's Land, Maps and Dreams, The Other Side of Eden’ and a collection of short stories, ‘Means of Escape.’ His films include ‘Nineteen-Nineteen’, starring Paul Scofield and Maria Schell, and a series of documentaries made in the Canadian north. He also directed ‘Tracks Across Sand’, a set of films made with the Khomani San of the southern Kalahari.
“Landscapes of Silence is a remarkable, often uncomfortable, exploration of difficult terrains in which the author's pain and the damage done to indigenous peoples is livid and raw."