MUSIC AS A BOLD POLITICAL ACT
_filming documentary content at the British Museum
_interviewing the first all-female orchestra from Afghanistan
_event & performance documentation
_behind the scenes
Based in Kabul, the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) is dedicated to providing access to music education across all sectors of Afghan society, ensuring that street children and orphans have as much access and opportunity as others.
In Afghanistan, young women making music in public is a bold political act. To been seen, to be heard — particularly through musical expression — is radical for women living in Afghanistan today. Ensemble Zohra is the first all-female orchestra in Afghanistan defying all the odds to assert their right to make music.
Willams Murray Hamm (WMH) Agency partnered with the Orchestra of St John's to produce a documentary of Ensemble Zohra as the young Afghan women toured the UK with a series of performances. WMH required a creative team to film the orchestra’s rehearsal and performance in the British Museum, London. RÅN filmed and conducted tactful interviews with the young Afghan women from Zohra followed by the founders and conductors of the Orchestra of St John's.
RÅN can provide services at any stage of production. For this project WMH only required us to supply the footage of the rehearsal and performance at the British Museum as well as conduct and film the interviews. All footage was transferred securely directly to WMH. We enjoy providing services for companies at any stage of their project.
The final documentary is currently being edited in-house at WMH.
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During the rehearsals our primary objective was to capture behind the scenes footage and audio recordings in anticipation of the performance. As there was a clear time limit that was set by the performance we had to make sure that we adhered strictly to our shooting schedule. At regular intervals we also would organise, set up, film, conduct and pack down interviews sessions with key members of the Zohra Orchestra and the Orchestra of St John's. Most of the interviews were shot in a busy environment of the British Museum, during their normal opening hours with all visitors present.