I confess that I have never taken part in this process, well, at least not the making bit, but all this talk makes me want to lick my computer screen!
Maya, St Helier
When Daniela asked me to help her with the script for Black Butter I immediately said, 'yes, of course' as an indigenous Jersey woman I keenly feel the erosion and loss of our cultural heritage. I feel it's a crime that we're not taught our language and history at school and that Jersey is no longer regarded as a bilingual country. When I made Bosdet: The Man Behind the Glass Window last year (www.bosdetfilm.com) I did so to promote our unique culture, heritage and language. Bosdet was a brilliant stain glass artist from Jersey who is now forgotten. Our film is probably the only one to have a contemporary use of Jerriais in it. I have worked with Daniela on several projects now to promote Jersey culture. In the Island we have a rich and diverse history that is being sidelined and negated. Our stories are not being told and our voices are not being heard. A feature film was made a few years ago about the Occupation and not one single person had a Jersey accent! It is not that people are not interested it's because they don't even know our history and culture exists because no support is given to ensure it survives. As an artist, writer and filmmaker I for one want to bring these stories to the fore and I applaud Daniela, a woman from Chile, for recognising and supporting our culture and history.
black butter is one of many channel islands delicacies i have tried along guernsey gauche and is very hard to acquire in england and something i miss when im not here
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