The New Zealand Studies Network is delighted to announce the screening of No Man’s Land, followed by a Q&A with New Zealand composer John Psathas, ONZM, to open their 2017 conference - Islands on Sale: New Zealand and Pacific Arts in the Global Marketplace.
No Man’s Land is an eighty-minute cinematic concert. The film is a deeply moving multi-media work which spans generations, continents, cultures and beliefs, and reflects on the devastating impact and futility of war.
Commissioned by acclaimed New Zealand composer John Psathas, the No Man’s LandProject was premiered as a centrepiece of New Zealand’s First World War commemorations in 2016. This is the first time this feature length film, has been shown in the United Kingdom.
150 musicians, each of whom is descended from opposing forces of the Great War, were recorded in performances filmed on significant battlefields around the world. Amongst the talented artists who collaborated on this global project is Armenian-America artist Seri Tankian (System of a Down), the Refugees of Rap and the Orchestra Philharmonique de Strasbourg.
The No Man’s Land project is above all else an important and unashamed commitment to optimism: a statement to nations who find themselves currently living through the strife of war that, in the midst of the worst times, humanity and empathy may continue and survive.
The screening of this film is in support of a larger goal of the No Man’s Land Project to perform in Europe, in which the musicians, both live and virtual, would perform as one global orchestra to create an exhilarating visual and musical experience in which images of the film are projected alongside a live, seven-piece international ensemble.
The conference Islands on Sale: New Zealand and Pacific Arts in the Global Marketplacewill feature academic papers, panel discussions and performance and will be hosted by Regents University of London in collaboration with Northampton University and in association with the New Zealand Studies Network on 30 June and 1 July, 2017. More information on the conference is available online, on the dedicated website.