Oral History

Here are links to some of the recent oral history projects Bea has been involved with:

Crafting Resistance: The Art of Chilean Political Prisoners:

Crafting Resistance: The Art of Chilean Political Prisoners examines how craftwork made by political prisoners during their internment in the 1970s by the military regime led by General Pinochet has contributed to the mental health and well-being of those involved, particularly following their exile to the UK. The film engages with important issues around forced migration, well-being and resistance, showing how even in the most extreme circumstances it is sometimes possible to exert a degree of agency and demonstrate resistance. Given the longevity of the Chilean experience, the film illustrates how people live with the aftermath of torture and incarceration. The film is directed by Carmen Luz Parot, ex political prisoner, Gloria Miqueles and produced by Jasmine Gideon, Senior Lecturer in Development Studies at Birkbeck (j.gideon@bbk.ac.uk). The film was edited and assisted by Bea Moyes at the Derek Jarman Lab.

Working River: An Oral History of London’s Boatyards

The River Thames has a significant history of boatbuilding on it’s shores, and was once one of the most significant areas of boatbuilding in the Western World. However, the industry has been in decline since the Second World War, and today only around fifteen working boatyards are still active from the Thames Barrier up to Teddington Lock. The Working River project, run by the Thames Festival Trust, sought to record the voices of the men and women who still work in this industry, and to preserve this vital heritage. The project recorded 29 oral history interviews in 2017, and produced the film ‘No Cash, No Splash’ working with arts and education charity, Digital:Works. These interviews formed the basis of a series of public exhibitions in 2017, which attracted nearly 10,000 visitors. They also were included in a book, written by Bea Moyes, which collected together the photographic records and oral history testimonies uncovered as part of the project.

Piedras (2016)

In 2015, Bea and her partner, the filmmaker Tim Dufort, were invited as filmmakers-in-residence to the ARCAmazon centre in the Peruvian Amazon. As part of their collaboration and documentation of the situation in this area of the Amazon, Tim and Bea recorded the memories and experiences of Melo, a boatman working for the charity and lifelong resident and activist for the protection of the rainforest. The short film Piedras was completed in 2016.

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