My name is Caileigh Feldman and I am a junior Anthropology major at Haverford College. At present, I am working on a film project for Professor Vicky Funari’s Advanced Documentary Film Production course. This ten-minute film will detail my journey to learn more about my family’s past. This past is anything but simple. My mother was born in the 1960s in Chipinga—a small farm town in Rhodesia, which later became Zimbabwe. She grew up on a sustainable dairy farm during wartime. My grandparents were South Africans who decided to leave South Africa because of apartheid and move to Rhodesia. However, the society in Rhodesia was anything but equal. Throughout the film, I will discuss my own relationship to my family’s memories.
Thanks to Haverford’s John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities, I was able to travel to London, England a few weeks ago to extensively interview my grandmother and rediscover the incredible archive of objects, images and recordings she has from this past life. Luckily, my parents were in London at the same time to go to my cousin’s wedding so I was able to film both my mother and grandmother together. Further, I had a friend who is currently abroad help me shoot some of the scenes so that I could be in the film as well. I am glad I had an extra hand behind the camera because since returning from this trip, I have decided to put myself in the film a bit more and now I have lots of footage to work with. Currently, I am deep the editing process but I hope to have this piece finished in the next two weeks!
Here are some pictures from the trip:
This is a shot of my grandmother telling me about the pictures she had from Rhodesia.
Here, my grandmother is reading old letters from my grandfather aloud.
This is a shot from an interview I conducted with both my mother and grandmother.
Here is a shot that still needs to be color corrected but it is of my grandmother and me clicking through photos of her life in Rhodesia on the computer.
This is a painting in my grandmother’s house of Merroleigh farm, the farm where she lived in Rhodesia.
Here is a picture of my grandfather–Grant Abraham–that my grandmother had in her flat.
This is a closeup shot of one of the many pieces of furniture that my grandfather made for their house in Rhodesia.