Joy, It's Nina Joy Elias-Rilwan  Jane Thorburn
JOY IT'S NINA - Public Screenings...
January 2013 - Georgetown, Guyana
May 2013 - IBW (Images of Black Women) Film Festival. London, UK
June/July 2013 - ZIFF (Zanzibar International Film Festival) Zanzibar, Tanzania
June 2013 - San Francisco Black Film Festival - Runner up 'Best African Film', USA
August 2013 - IIFF (International Images Festival for Women) Harare, Zimbabwe
October 2013 - BHM (Black History Month) Narratives of Diaspora. Winchester, UK
September 2013 - TIWANI CONTEMPORARY (Art Connect Film)
September 2013 - PORTOBELLO Film Festival. London, UK
October 2013 - BHM (Black History Month) Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights, Scotland
October 2013 - AiM Africa in Motion Film Festival. Glasgow, Scotland.
November 2013 - AFRIFF Africa International Film Festival. Calabar. Nigeria.
November 2013 - LFFF London Feminist Film Festival. London, UK
December 2013 - ADIFF African Diaspora International Film Festival. New York. USA
February 2014 - Dis-Play Performance Research Forum. Goldsmiths University. London.
February 2014 - Hayti Heritage Film Festival. North Carolina. USA
February 2014 - Black History Month University of California. USA
March 2014 - Women's History Month. Docwatchers Documentary Series. Harlem. USA
March 2014 - Colours of the Nile International Film Festival. Addis Ababa. Ethiopia.
May 2014 - BE.BOP. Spiritual Revolutions & the scramble for Africa. Berlin + Copenhagen
September 2014 - LIGHTS, CAMERA, AFRICA!!! Film Festival. Legacy. Lagos, Nigeria.
October 2015 - BLACK HISTORY MONTH. London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. London.
October 2015 - OPEN DOORS NEWARK. Exhibition. New Jersey, USA.
October 2015 - VOW Film Festival. (Voice of Women) Hospital Club. London.
February 2016 - CinemAfrica Film Festival. Stockholm, Sweden.
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I am the child of immigrants. And I have lived amongst migrants, and sought to be the voice of the voiceless, all my life. Consequently this spell-binding film really spoke to me. It spoke a truth about the migrant experience that no book or speech could convey. It is an important counter narrative to the anti-immigrant hate speech all around us. And it is also an extra-ordinarily beautiful and evocative film.
Diane Abbott MP
A very inspiring and beautiful film. The film had a profound effect on me. You have explored the poetic dislocation and spiritual side of the psyche of the exile levitating between two realms. These issues have preoccupied me in all the years I have lived away from home.
Yinka Shonibare MBE

International Public Screenings

Performed and written by JOY ELIAS-RILWAN
Directed, filmed and edited by JANE THORBURN
Music for this page: 'Aztec Spirit' by Stuart Elliott