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Boots (2014) responds to the legacy of domestic enslavement by examining the portrayal of domestic servants in film. The film presents repetitious scrubbing of boots as a visual metaphor of social and economic restrictions experienced by generations of domestic workers. In addition, the film explores cinematic laughter's influence on the way in which audiences experience and interpret servitude. In doing so, the film reveals the sinister role of ridicule on screen.

  • P.D. Casely-Hayford
    Confidential Despatch, Pith, Shirt & Teapot
  • P.D. Casely-Hayford
    Confidential Despatch, Pith, Shirt and Tea Pot.
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    1 minute 40 seconds
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    July 4, 2014
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    100 USD
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Director Biography - P.D. Casely-Hayford

P.D. Casely-Hayford's artistic practice includes the cultural animation, film, soundscapes, film-theatre hybrid documentaries, and creative writing. After years of extensive travel and cultural and creative interchanges, Ghana, the home of her maternal family and its culture remain her key inspiration. Casely-Hayford completed of a doctorate in Visual Arts:the Moving Image and Visual Culture at Queensland University of Technology in 2015 and is currently based in Australia. Her work has been officially selected and screened internationally at film festivals.

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Director Statement

I explore the ways in which people from the global south have been historically represented in text, images, and sound and the legacies associated with these interpretations. I am interested in experimenting with the moving image, animation and soundscapes. My stories inspired by the journeys of our Ancestors, the cultural landscapes we inhabit, and the worlds we imagine.