A STORY OF BONES
Directed by Joseph Curran & Dominic Aubrey de Vere
In 2006, on the remote South Atlantic (and British owned) island of St. Helena, construction on a brand new airport unearthed a mass burial ground of an estimated 8,000 formerly enslaved Africans. Desperate not to slip behind schedule, the government placed hundreds of the bones in a wing of the island’s prison complex, a ‘temporary solution’ – where today, in 2019, they still remain.
As the Chief Environmental Officer for this doomed airport project, Annina van Neel-Hayes witnessed the desecration of this sacred site, and was personally responsible for the protocol of unearthing human remains. Haunted by this historical injustice, she now fights for proper memorialisation, taking on institutional and governmental ambivalence to expose disturbing truths about Britain’s colonial past.
The project was part of the first wave of grantees of the BFI / Doc Society Fund.