Friday, 26 August 2011

Water Knows No Frontiers - Tryweryn, the story of a valley

here is a link to the film Water Knows No Frontiers, this is an expressionistic and non linear re-edit of the 38 min film Tryweryn, the story of a valley, made by the staff and pupils at Friars School in Bangor during 1963 - 65, which documented the events surrounding the flooding of the village Capel Celyn and its surrounding farm area. The re-edit includes inserts of the photographs of Geoff Charles who documented the same events for the newspaper Y Cymro. Geoff Charles' son John. was a pupil at the school and also worked on the film. The title for the re-edit is a direct quote from the original film. Water Knows No Frontiers was screened at the Geoff Charles - Heb Eiriau / Without Words exhibition at this years Eisteddfod in Wrexham. It is hoped that it will get further screenings in the near future such as the Drwm Theatre at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth.

Dafydd Roberts, Caefadog
chairman of the Capel Celyn defence committee
farmer, postman, councillor and deacon

buried in Llanycil Cemetery on Oct 15 1965

On the stones of this cemetery are names
Renowned for their bravery,
of those names, your name will be
Alluring in its glory

                                                                          Geraint Bowen

here is a further link to a set of chapters of original film produced by Friars School, this is on the Casglu'r Tlysau / Gathering of the Jewels - the website for Welsh cultural history

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