A STORY OF BONES
by Joseph Curran & Dominic Aubrey de Vere
As Chief Environmental Officer for Saint Helena’s troubled £285m airport project, Annina Van Neel learned of the island’s most terrible atrocity - an unmarked mass burial ground of thousands of formerly enslaved Africans. Haunted by this historical injustice, Annina fights alongside African American preservationist Peggy King Jorde for memorialisation of these forgotten victims, amongst a global reckoning with the legacy of colonialism.
Directed by Joseph Curran & Dominic Aubrey de Vere
Produced by Yvonne Isimeme Ibazebo
Co-Producer: Jo-jo Ellison
Edited by James Scott
Original Music by Bankey Ojo
Executive Producers: Lisa Marie Russo, Mike Brett, Steve Jamison
Production Company: Archer's Mark in association with PT Films & Turnover Films
Consulting Producer: Peggy King Jorde
Impact Producer: Annina Van Heel
Supported by: BFI Doc Society Fund (awarding National Lottery funding)
DIRECTORS - JOSEPH CURRAN & DOMINIC AUBREY DE VERE
Joseph Curran & Dominic Aubrey de Vere met whilst working at an independent cinema, where they quickly bonded over their shared passion for storytelling. After getting their hands on a camera, they soon found themselves on a long-haul cargo ship sailing towards Saint Helena, one of the world’s most remote islands, to document the opening of the island’s first airport; instead, they stumbled on another, far more important story. More than eight years in the making, A STORY OF BONES marks the directing duo's first feature-length documentary. In 2019, the project was selected for Good Pitch NYC, and it is supported by the BFI Doc Society Fund, awarding National Lottery funding, and Archer's Mark. The film had its world premiere at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival in competition.
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"A powerful film that should be shared and should motivate us all to take action"
- Jeanine Abraham, The Medium
"An eye opening, soul rattling masterpiece"
- Steve Kopian, Unseen Films