Pioneers/Arriving

This video poem describes the migrant experience of two poets who arrived in Northern Ireland 15 years apart.

  • Csilla Toldy
    Director
    Axis Mundi, Point
  • Csilla Toldy
    Writer
    Axis Mundi
  • Viviana Fiorentino
    Writer
  • Csilla Toldy
    Producer
  • Project Type:
    Experimental
  • Genres:
    film poem, literature, migration, poetry
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 4 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 11, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    500 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Ireland
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:09
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • New Voices of Ireland Series 8
    Dublin
    Ireland
    February 18, 2021
    Irish premiere
Director Biography - Csilla Toldy

Csilla Toldy’s poetry, short fiction and essays appeared in numerous literary magazines and antholo-gies. Her poetry collection Red Roots - Orange Sky was published by Lapwing Publications Belfast in 2013, followed by an anthology of short fiction, poetry and memoir with the title “The Emigrant Woman’s Tale” in 2015 and “Vertical Montage” in 2018, which was launched at Dublin Literary Fes-tival. Csilla’s short story collection “Angel Fur and other stories” was published by Stupor Mundi Press, Fife and reviewed in Irish Times.

Csilla has an MA in creative writing for film and TV from Sheffield University. Her scripts won international prizes such as the Hartley-Merril and Katapult Prize.

Csilla’s video poems were screened at the Videoholica Video Art Festival in Varna, the Mix2 Confer-ence of Digital Writing at Bath University, and at the Lighthouse Art Centre in Poole, UK, during cul-ture nights in Dublin and at Belfast Film Festival. “Bussokusekika”was selected for the ZEBRA In-ternational Poetry Film Festival in Munster. The video poem “Belfast Exposed”, she created for New Voices Ireland 7 won Best Street Art Film in Berlin. In 2020 Csilla was commissioned to create a vid-eo poem as a public artwork by the Executive Office of Northern Ireland for Holocaust Memorial Day.

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Director Statement

Artist statement:

In my video poems, just as in poetry, I am interested in layers of meaning. Like you can read a poem many times and you discover new meanings, the same thing happens with video poems. The connection of text, sound and moving image create a new entity that comes about from the interconnected footage, sound and rhythm.

It was exciting to work with Viviana Fiorentino, for her Italian brought a new musical element into the video po-em. Her poems inspired me to respond and to look at elements of my life related to migration, home and languages.

In Pioneers/Arriving I tried to create an overlay of languages, Hungarian and Italian, like an inkblot test in which the ambiguous, meaningless image creates a new meaning in the viewer’s mind. In this case, it is the sound of the two languages. The poems describe our experiences of arriving in Northern Ireland fifteen years apart. I was pleased that Viviana’s poem ended with so much hope and warmth, representing the change in society, too.