If our words are mistranslated - our truth is not told.

Rejeen Musa was working as a subtitler on 'Surviving Translation' when the words she was translating began to unlock painful memories from her own past. As a female Kurdish migrant and a translator, Rejeen became the lens through which the film explores the trauma and life-altering consequences of mistranslation.
In addition to Rejeen, the film captures testimonies from women who fled their homelands in the hope of building a new life in the UK. They speak candidly of the dangers and gender-based violence they suffered in their past and the arduous journeys they undertook to escape. They explain that – even after arriving in the UK – they need to communicate via an interpreter to secure medical care and apply for asylum; a process which causes them to relive past traumas and recurring unequal power dynamics. With their futures held in the balance – they must speak via a complete stranger who may or may not have their best interest at heart.
To further illuminate this largely unexamined subject, the film also presents testimonies from interpreters, subtitlers and translators who describe the – sometimes harrowing – challenges that they themselves face.
Raw testimony, poetic imagery, and academic research coalesce in this unique meditation on translation, isolation, and the meaning of 'home'.

Contributors: Sara, Elizabeth, Odile, Rejeen, Kasia, Raquel, Anthony, Giorgia

Directed and filmed by: Ling Lee, Based on Original Research by: Charlotte Bosseaux, Producers: Ling Lee & Charlotte Bosseaux, Editor: Ling Lee, Composer & Sound Designer: Tom Drew, Vocalists: Tania She & Cliona Cassidy, Production Coordinator Saheliya: Aisha, Keiko, Alison, Ahlam, Supporting Staff Saheliya: Anonymous Case Worker, Chibeyu, Fathumo Hannaa, Khadija Ali, Laila, Rida,
Trauma Training: Judy Ferguson, Additional Camera: Eilidh Munro & Inma de Reyes, Camera Assistant: Sarah Fairbrother, Stills Photographer: Eilidh Munro & Ling Lee, Stand Ins: Kasia Wytrazek, Lea Ozuna, Nur Ezzah Binti Mahmud, Charlotte Bosseaux, Additional Voices: Charlotte Bosseaux, Keiko, Odile, Sara, Anonymous Case Worker, Polina Moshenska, Tianhui Wu, Sara Ni Eithir, Production Assistant, Sarah Fairbrother, Edit Assistant & Online Editor: Fraser Ballantyne, Colourist & Titling: Drew Gibson, Subtitle & Voiceover Project Management: Screen Language, Subtitles Kurdish Sorani: Rejeen Musa, Subtitles El Salvador Spanish: Denice Zura, Subtitiles Cameroon French: Tatiana Ngah Ebode, English Subtitler & Proofreader: Alexia Delesalle
Our heartfelt thanks goes to the women of Saheliya – without whom this film would not have been possible
This work was supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council [AH/W000199/1], copyright University of Edinburgh

Next screening: 18th June 2024 at Refugee Festival: info and tickets click here




What causes a person to consider stepping away from society, to lead a life of isolation, far from the modern world?

This is a tender and intimate film about an elderly hermit in the Highlands of Scotland who opens his life to director Lizzie MacKenzie whilst he comes to terms with his increasingly frail body and questions whether he will be able to live out his last years in the wilderness he calls home.

Photographs and Writing: Ken Smith, Directed and filmed by: Lizzie MacKenzie, Producer: Naomi Spiro, Editors: Ling Lee & Kieran Gosney,  Sound Recordists: Bartek Baranowski, Sound Designer: Pete Smith, Composer: Mischa Stevens & Cameron  McLellan , Vocalist: Cliona Cassidy, Production Manager: Naomi Spiro, Story Consultant(s): Amy Hardie & Karen Kelly, Co-Producer: Lizzie MacKenzie, Director's Assistant: Adelaide Pardo , Exec Producer for Creative Scotland: Mark Thomas & Benjamin Taylor, Exec Producer for BFI Doc Society Fund: Lisa Marie Russo, Exec Producer for BBC SCOTLAND: Louise Thornton, Exec Producer for The Whickers: Jane Ray


FESTIVALS: Glasgow Film Festival 2022 - World Premiere on 5th March.
For full festival list contact producer at Aruna Productions.
AWARDS: Audience Award at Glasgow Film Festival 2022, Audience Award Vancouver International FF 2022, Grand Prize Kendal Mountain Film Festival 2022, Best Single Documentary BAFTA Scotland 2022



Bradley (they / them) has recently joined The Order of Perpetual Indulgence – an LGBTQ+ protest group who use religious imagery, drag, and performance to call attention to sexual intolerance. The group has provided Bradley with a supportive community and a social purpose. As someone who has struggled with their own gender identity for years, Bradley now identifies as non-binary, neither male or female – but is aware that this identity is not fully recognised by wider society or the state. Bradley now has two events approaching: their wedding to long-term partner, Emma, and their ordination as ‘Black Veil’ – the highest level within The Order of Perpetual Indulgence. Will these two events give Bradley the confidence to step out into the world as the authentic version of themself?

Dir: Ling Lee, Producer: Noé Mendelle, Editor: Ling Lee, Camera: Ling Lee, Additional Camera: Troy Edige, Patrick Steel, Sound Recordists: Bartek Baranowski, Sound Designer & Dubbin Mixer & Composer: Tom Drew , Vocalist: Cliona Cassidy, Production Manager: Naomi Spiro, Production Co-ordinator: Rachel Stollery, Production Intern: Ivy Pottinger-Glass, Stills Photography: Ling Lee, Exec Producer for Screen Scotland: Leslie Finlay, Exec Producer for BBC SCOTLAND: Tony Nellany & Louise Thornton

Production Company: Scottish Documentary Institute

This documentary is part of the Right Here talent initiative that is run in association with Screen Scotland and the BBC. It offers Scotland-based filmmakers a unique opportunity to create a 30-minute creative documentary for broadcast on TV.

Transmission date: 3rd August 2021 on BBC Scotland.

Watch full film on BBC iPlayer - you can find the film under the Right Here series.

FESTIVALS: SQIFF 2021 - screening on 9th October at 3.30pm at CCA.
Image + Nation LGBTQueer Film Festival Montréal - April 2022
San Francisco Documentary Festival - June 2022
Melbourne Documentary Film Festival - July 2022


long live livi

Livingston Skateboard Park — known as “Livi” — is legendary among skaters throughout the world. In the 1980s and ‘90s, Livi was thriving; but forty years on, the surfaces have deteriorated and become dangerous to skate on. A local group of three ambitious skate girls — known as “The Snagglerats” who formed the group to inspire more girls to skate — are on a mission to save Livi. With the help of their mums and old school skaters, the Snagglerats discover Livi’s unique history and an unexpected chat with Tony Hawk strengthens their determination to push for positive change. Can the girls inspire enough support in their community to make Livi great again?

Dir: Parisa Urquhart & Ling Lee, Producer: Noé Mendelle, Editor: Ling Lee, DOP: David Lee, Sound Recordists: Johanna Sutherland & Bartek Baranowski, Production Manager: Naomi Spiro, Production Co-ordinator: Rachel Stollery, Sound Desiger & Dubbing Mixer & Music: Tom Drew, Stills Photography: Hannah Bailey, Exec Producer for BBC SCOTLAND: Steve Allen

Production Company: Scottish Documentary Institute


TX date 11th June, 8.30pm on BBC Scotland, then on iPlayer

Premiered at Glasgow Film Festival 2020, then on BBC Scotland in March

Awards: Best Sport Action Film Prize at Kendal Mountain Film Festival 2022

Press: Sunday Post, The Scotsman, Daily Record, interview of Ling Lee and Parisa Urquhart on SDI 50/50+ Women Direct

Follow @long_live_livi on Instagram


Khrzhanovsky used the story of Soviet physicist Lev Landau – whose nickname also provided the project's title, DAU – as the basis for his fictional world. "It is really to show how people are, it is not particular to that culture or that time," says d'Anglejan-Chatillon. "It is about looking at what human nature is capable of, under a microscope, and the capacity for beauty and intellect and optimism and change or a capacity for the opposite.

"In a way what Ilya created was an encyclopaedia of human relationships and human nature and how things develop over time in people."

It has been a sprawling project shrouded in secrecy. Very few journalists have ever been given access. One who was, Michael Idov, wrote a piece for GQ in 2011 headlined The Movie Set That Ate Itself, describing Khrzhanovsky as "unhinged".

Mark Brown - arts correspondent for The Guardian

Dir: Ilya Permiakov & Ilya Khrzhanovskiy,
For full credit list see: IMDB

Premiere at Berlinale Special 2020



PRESS: New York Times, Variety, The Guardian, GQ
, London Review of Books ,Screendaily


Miles Apart is an observational documentary, intimately looking at the clash
of different generations and cultures in a rapidly changing China.

Twelve years ago, Laomao and his wife Meizi left their two children in the countryside
to build a business 600 miles away. When they are joined by their daughter Ying Ying,
it becomes immediately obvious that she doesn't share her parents' work ethic.
Meizi's frustration is raw as she pushes her daughter towards employment and
at the same time, her son Lei Lei won't apply himself to his studies.

The separation of Chinese families by migration is a story shared by a quarter of rural parents,
most of whom can relate to the frustrations of working hard for seemingly ungrateful children.

associate producer: Liu Fan, editor: Adam Thomas,
composer: Lennert Busch, sound design: Jay Price, sound recordist: Kyle Pickford,
production manager: Elisabeth Schusser

language: Chinese mandarin, Anhui dialect with English subtitles.

Festivals: DokumentArt, Germany 2011. Freezone Human Rights Festival Belgrade 2011.
Aldeburgh Documentary Festival 2011.

Awards: One World Media Awards 2011, Student Category
"Miles Apart is made with maturity and confidence and stood out above the other entries because it feels like a film, rather than a documentary. The lack of commentary and style of shooting permits us to peer into the family life of three generations affected by the difficulties of rural migration."
One World Media Jury
clip of awards show

Peter Wintonick, filmmaker, DOCMEDIA etc
"...a beautiful and unusual kind social study... essentially a verite film with subtle overlayers of the disruptive forces of internal transmigration, angry youth, and urbanism all taking place in the villages and cities of the world's hottest growing economies but not ABOUT any of those things in any obvious way..."



Women from all walks of life make up the newly formed football team: captain Fadwa is a petro-physicist, Nama is a student whose family are internally displaced and goalkeeper Halima is training to become a doctor.

Against the backdrop of a country in strife – with vociferous conservative opposition threatening the women's safety, as well as the national federation unwilling to take a clear position to support them – the team's spirit is nothing short of inspirational.

Filmed in the years since Libya's 2011 revolution, British Libyan Arebi's beautiful, self-shot debut is a captivating tribute to a young generation trying to build the future they want, all the way down to hand-cutting the grass of their future training pitch to ensure that no matter what, they will play.

Elhum Shakerifar - London Film Festival Programme Advisor for Iran and the MENA region 2018

Dir: Naziha Arebi, Producers: Flore Cosquer, Naziha Arebi, Exec Producers: Sonja Henrici, Noe Mendelle,
Leslie Finlay, DOP: Naziha Arebi, Additional camera: Sufian Said, Ziad Chahoud, Sound design:
Giovanni Buccomino, Music: Katya Mihailova, Editors: Ling Lee, Alice Powell, Maya Hawke

Production company: HuNa Productions, SDI Productions

Nominated for Best Feature Film BAFTA SCOTLAND 2019, Winner at Joburg FF 2019 for Best Film



Bee and her lifelong friends, Gael and Gracie make up the Honey Farm, the only existing all-female Scottish hip- hop group. Two years after being raped, Bee is at a crossroads. The incident empowered her to find her voice as a rapper, yet she is confronted by a dilemma: anti-depressants help her deal with her trauma but make her numb and prevent her from creating. After finding the strength to stop her medication, Bee realises that her spoken words can help other women open up about their own experiences.

Dir: Lea Luiz de Oliveira, Producer: Naomi Spiro, Editor: Ling Lee, DOP: Troy Edige, Sound Desiger & Dubbing Mixer: Tom Drew, Performed by: Bee Asha Singh, Exec Producer for BBC SCOTLAND: Louise Thornton

Production Company: Aruna Productions


balancing a dream

To be a journalist in China you sometimes need to use a few subtle tricks
to get your stories to print. Sun Hua, an award-winning investigative journalist
for the Jinan Times, knows just what he can and cannot get away with and
how best to persuade his bosses to allow him to continue his work.
He is charming, philosophical but also very determined.

This film follows Sun Hua at work as he investigates a story about possible corruption
by a property developer, seeking out residents' views, negotiating the demonstrations
and dealing with the police. All the time, he quietly considers his position as a
journalist in a complex country that itself is dealing with change.

He dreams of 'fairness, objectivity, truth' but he also knows there are real limits
to what he can do. Yet he continues to push, to persuade and to publish.

This film explores 21st century China as it is challenged by a changing world,
pushed by free-thinkers such as Sua Hua and an ongoing struggle for increasing freedom of expression.

dir: Ling Lee & Ying Cui, producer: Rodrigo Vazquez - Bethnal Films,
editor: Adam Thomas, composer: Lennert Busch, sound recordist: Bai Yuxun,
translators: Aiqin Lin & Bai Xiangwei, postproduction: VET

language: Chinese mandarin with English subtitles

commissioned for Al Jazeera English Witness

Broadcast on Al Jazeera on the 7th May 2012
Screening at the Frontline Club on the 19th July 2013

This film had to be taken off all websites for our protagonists' safety as a result of some unexpected news.

Please click here for more information



This poetry documentary is inspired by Osip Mandelstam's poem
'What Shall I Do With This Body They Gave Me'.
It is about Ling's past memory of her lost dream to become a professional dancer.
She's trying to re-live her past in the present but circumstances bring me back to reality.

DoP: Stil Williams, editor: Adam Thomas, composer: Lennert Busch,
sound design: Tudor Petre, sound recordist: Victoria Franzan



Wang Peng is an artist born in the early 1960s. Like most artists born in the same period of time,
he has witnessed and fully experienced the transition of Chinese contemporary art from non-existence to existence,
from being underground to being aboveground, from being outside of the wall to being inside of the wall,
from loneliness to liveliness, from being avant-garde to being fashionable, from impoverishment to richness.
Wang Peng's personal track is also universal to a certain extent, shared among a certain number of Chinese artists.

Wang Peng enacted the very first-known performance work in China, in 1984.
His work is underpinned by a steadfast resolve to challenge the conventions and boundaries of art.

language: Chinese mandarin with English subtitles

commissioned by TATE Media


This is the story of a rational, sceptical woman, a mother and wife, who does not remember her dreams.
Except once, when she dreamt her horse was dying. She woke so scared she went outside in the night.
She found him dead. The next dream told her she would die herself, when she was 48.

The Edge of Dreaming charts every step of that year. The film explores life and death in the context of a warm and loving family, whose happiness is increasingly threatened as the dream seems to be proving true. From the kids reaction to their horses' death (they taught the dog a new trick – called 'dead dog'), the film mixes humour, science and married life as Amy attempts to understand what is happening to her. Everyone wrestles with the concept of their own mortality, but few so directly explore and confront the subject.
When Amy fell seriously ill, as her dream predicted, she went on a search to change that dream, leading her to eminent neuroscientist Mark Solms, and to new understanding of the complexity of our brains.
The final confrontation, going back into her dream with the help of a shaman, reveals a surprising twist to the tale.

In the guise of an intimate and entertaining autobiography The Edge of Dreaming explores the timeless themes of consciousness and destiny, dreams and reason. Animation, home movies and the spectacular Scottish landscape make the journey a pleasure for the senses and a celebration of the desire for life.

dir/prod/camera: Amy Hardie, additional editors: Colin Monie & Michael Culyba,
additional camera: Ian Dodds & Hardie family, animator: Cameron Duguid, composer: Jim Sutherland,
sound design: Gunnar Oskarsson, Digital Colourist: Rob May, Dubbing Mixer: Sound Post Facility: Bang Post Production, Final Postproduction: Envy & Metro Ecosse

A co-production by Amy Hardie Productions, Passion Pictures and Hard Working Movies
Funded by VPRO, More 4, ZDF/Arte, POV, SAC and Scottish Screen
in collaboration with the Scottish Documentary Institute


official website:

" Poetic, hallucinatory effects and a candid, intimate perspective"
The Wall Street Journal

REVIEWS & links: Eye For Film, POV, Scotsman, The Guardian, Sight & Sound Dec 2010 (not online),
more reviews by Tue Steen Mueller, Stuart Delves and others,

IDFA 2009, 27th Jerusaml International Film Festival,
The Irish Film Institute's Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Festival, 11th Jewish Film Festival,
2101 DOXA Documentary Film Festival in Vancouver, True/False Film Fest 2010, Docaviv 2010,
12th Thessaloniki Int. Doc. Festival, DocsBarcelona 2010, Daniel Northway-Frank
Hot Docs Canadian Int. Doc. Festival, DOCNZ 2010 in Auckland and Wellington,
Beldocs 2010 in Serbia, ZagrebDox 2010, Against Gravity in Warsaw, Martha's Vineyard Film Fest,
Bergen Int film Fest, EBS tv Korea, Kos nt Film Fest, Prix Europa, Biografilm Festival in Italy,
Tribeca, Edinburgh Internation Filmfestival 2010 Awards Grand Jury Critic Prize - KIEV International Film Festival 2010

VPRO - January 2010, P.O.V. - August 2010, More4 - October 2010, ARTE/ZDF - December 2010


Julie Brook is a British artist who works with the land, where her response to the forms and
materials to hand is expressed through her work. Over the past twenty years she has lived
and worked in a succession of wild and remote landscapes, creating sculptures, paintings, drawings and films.

During 2008/09 Julie Brook travelled and worked in the black volcanic desert in central Libya
and in the Jebel Acacus mountains in South West Libya. The stark landscape influenced
a corresponding shift in the way she made large scale drawings and sculptural work in situ.
This led to further exploration in 2011/12 in the semi-desert of North West Namibia where
the absolute nature of the light and shadow is expressed in the new sculptural work.

The work is transient and changes significantly according to the light and time of day it is seen.
Brook explores these changes through film and photography which become in turn the expression of the work.

'made, umade' is Julie Brook's first solo exhibition since her return and will be an
immersive experience bringing visitors closer to the environment and emotion of her work.

exhibitions 2013: Edinburgh - Dovecot Studios, London - Wapping Project
sculptures and films by Julie Brook, creative advisor: Kath MacLeod, Christopher Young

commissioned by Dovecot Studios, Young Films, Creative Scotland

reviews: artdaily, Devour, The Independent


Poetry in the Middle East lives and breathes like few other places.

Poets of Protest uses narrative observational documentary to reveal the hazardous lives of six contemporary poets, while beautifully filmed interludes provide visual interpretations of their works -
a glimpse of the soul of the Middle East.

From the Egyptian folk hero whose poetry was performed in Tahrir Square, to a Saharawi war poetess in the Al Auin camp – this unique series of beautiful films will challenge pre-conceptions in both its content and visual form.

Yehia Jaber: Laughter Is My Exit
The former fighter journeys across Lebanon to explain why
he now battles for change with nothing but words.

Mazen Maarouf: Hand Made
Thanks to his outspoken work the Palestinian poet finds himself
wandering the world with his notebook his only security.

Manal Al Sheikh: Fire Won't Eat Me Up
It is lethal for the poet to write in Iraq,
so she struggles to inspire from snowy Norway.


dir/produced: Roxana Vilk, camera: Ian Dodds
Scottish Documentary Institute and GOL Productions

commissioned for Al Jazeera English Artscape


"Ballet dancers get dodgy feet from dancing and I get dodgy hands from making their shoes!"
Ballet shoes may be worn by delicate girls, but they're crafted by burly men whose hands tell another story...
We delve into the world of professional ballet dancing seen through the eyes of a shoemaker
who desperately strives to save the dancer as much pain as possible by making the shoes as well as he can.
Meanwhile, a seasoned dancer talks of the pain she went through dancing at the highest level.
An undiscovered world behind the pomp and perfection.

dir: Tali Yankelevich, prod: Finlay Pretsell, DoP: Minttu Mantynen, sound recordist: Sabine Hellmann,
composer: Lennert Busch, sound design: Phil Lee,
exec prod: Sonja Henrici & Noé Mendelle, production coordinator: Flore Cosquer
Scottish Documentary Institute

Longlisted for the Oscars



In an immersive film installation shot north of the Arctic Circle and inspired by Henrik Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea, Ellida is played by Lianna Fowler, Doctor Wangel by Angus Wright and The Stranger by Patrick O’Brien. The work is photographed by Thomas Zanon-Larcher and directed by Jules Wright. The music is by Billy Cowie.

Shot in Svalbard in Barentsburg, Pyramiden, Isfjord Radio, Ny-Ålesund and Longyearbyen in the heart of an incomprehensible wilderness of inexpressible beauty, this modern re-telling of The Lady from the Sea captures a Bergman-like intensity. The environment shaped the performances, which were played out in the emptiness of the vast world these essentially lonely people choose to inhabit.

The work was first shown in London in 2013.

Directed by Jules Wright, Photographs by Thomas Zanon-Larcher, Music: Billy Cowie

Wapping Project