Day 17: Lilit Pholmann led by Deaf Explorer - 23rd January
Artists and directors from across Deaf Explorer worked in partnership on their project and pledge for Horizons Festival 2021 - inspired by the testimony of Lilit Pholmann.
For Day 17, Deaf Explorer created a short film that explored creatively the words of Lilit Pholmann. As part of their pledge, Deaf Explorer are expanding the work of Echo Eternal, drawing on the testimony of Deaf Holocaust survivor Anne Senchal and collecting second generation testimonies from the children of Holocaust survivors who came across on the Deaf Kindertransport.
Short Film made by: Maral Mamaghanizadeh, Rinkoo Barpaga, Billy Read, Rachael Veazey, Alan McLean.
Deaf Explorer reveals the as-yet unheard world of artists. They transform the autonomy and destiny of D/deaf artists and forge radical approaches and creative opportunities to produce contemporary D/deaf culture.
Deaf Explorer CIC are creative producers empowering Deaf artists. In 2019 their work resulted in Deaf artists working for 598 days of arts activity, & hearing artists employed for another 283 days. The projects involved 3,232 Deaf participants in sessions in schools & Deaf spaces, 2,900 of these were young Deaf people.
"In Lilit Pholmann’s name we pledge to share her testimony by using our platform to create accessible information about racism and how to challenge racism and prejudice in a constructive and positive way.
"We will do this by creating and sharing art works and messages around these themes."
Lilit survived the Holocaust in hiding. At first a German woman - a civil servant - hid Lilit in her home. The woman was taking an incredible risk as her boyfriend was an SS officer. Subsequently, Lilit was taken into hiding by a Ukrainian Archbishop. Lilit and her mother survived, but her father and younger brother were killed.
“I don’t like to condemn a whole nation outright. I have never liked to do that; I never have done it. I’ve known some wonderful people, and I usually speak about them.
"I do not speak about myself. I like to speak about those who did some good during this war.”