MEMORIES OF MY MENTOR: DUNSTAN PERERA
Memories of My Mentor is a seminal documentary on the life and work of Dunstan Perera (b. 1936), an extraordinary visual artist and filmmaker who has dedicated his career to expressing truth through the poetic image. Seen through the lens of Dunstan Perera, the film chronicles eight decades of image making as Perera traverses the worlds of Asia, UK and America in his timely pursuit for ultimate artistic freedom.
A philosophical man, who combines the wisdom of the East with the knowledge of the West, this iconic eccentric figure takes us through his unique perspective and world views on art, craft and creativity. Memories of My Mentor blends myth and memory in the search for illusive truths that lay at the core of every true artist. Portrayed through epochs of history and culture, the film gives a personal commentary on Perera’s tumultuous journey from Colombo (Sir Lanka) to London (UK) retracing his inherent legacy.
Memories of My Mentor is written, produced and directed by Bangladeshi filmmaker, Sunara Begum and uses poetry, text and storytelling to reveal the complexities of an artist at work and his inner and outer world. The film traces the arc of Perera’s artistic, creative and personal life, his aspirations to artistry and the trajectory of his career with his invention of unique printing processes. The film directed by his student and men-tee, Sunara Begum, depicts their growing connection that shaped her life including her own creative path. Memories of My Mentor is driven by exclusive archival footage and audio along with personal insights from Perera himself – to reveal the evolution, growth and stamp only a creative icon of the 21st century artist can leave.
TRUTH & ART
Truth & Art is an intimate portrait on the life and work of three global artists from distinct musical, cultural and creative backgrounds. It features global renaissance man, Tunde Jegede, guitarist and folklorist Derek Johnson and flautist and singer, Diana Baroni. The series explores the distinct musical, creative and cultural worlds of Africa, the Caribbean, South America and the Diaspora and looks at the complexities of being steeped within plural identities and yet finding one’s essential voice and unique path.
Filled with rare interviews and performances, it offers insight into their philosophy, inspiration and original voice. Truth & Art weaves together fine art, film, documentary and performance to seamlessly tell a human truth through the process of observing and visualising the journey of each artist, the vulnerabilities as well as the power of the true human experience. A collection of evocative profiles on three artists and their mission, by the celebrated visual artist and filmmaker, Sunara Begum that takes us on a journey, delving behind the scenes and tapping into the pulse of creativity; revealing hidden aspects of their work and process.