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The Forgotten People: Lady Unchained and Tracy Kiryango in conversation

Lady Unchained

Still from The Forgotten People by Lady Unchained and Tracy Kiryango

Join poet Lady Unchained and filmmaker Tracy Kiryango for a screening of short film The Forgotten People, followed by an online conversation between the creatives and Q&A about the making of the film.

Watch The Forgotten People

Lady Unchained’s mission is to prove that there is life after prison. Through poetry she tells her own personal story and the stories of those with experience of the criminal justice system that are often left untold, because of shame, stigma and negative labels. With the support of her friends, she was inspired to set up Unchained Poetry, a platform for artists with experience of the criminal justice system

Lady Unchained has now worked with a number of charities, including Body and Soul Charity, Working Chance and Safe Ground. She hosts Unchained Nights in partnership with Artsadmin at Toynbee Studios, a night of inspirational storytelling, through poetry and music, performed by artists with lived experience of the justice system. She also co-hosts for National Prison Radio’s show We Are Straightline, a show about getting out of prison and staying out of prison.

Tracy Kiryango is a filmmaker with over eight years of filming and editing experience. Tracy has a strong background in storytelling through film having written, directed and produced her own short films and worked previously on documentaries for The Telegraph, Express Newspapers, and TwoFour Broadcast. Tracy runs her own company, ASE Productions, where she collaborates with other creatives to make music videos, visual poems, behind the scenes videos- anything that gives her an opportunity to elevate her craft.

The Forgotten People speaks to all those Black women and men who are trapped in the criminal justice system, who’s voices can’t be heard, those who can’t march or speak out about the abuse they face.

– Lady Unchained

About the film
In January 2021, we’re sharing a premiere of The Forgotten People, a newly commissioned poem and film written and performed by artist and poet Lady Unchained. The Forgotten People highlights racial inequality in the UK prison system, it was written at the Rotterdam Summer Lab in 2019 and perfected during the Black Lives Matter protests in summer 2020. 

The Forgotten People was filmed in various locations in Lady Unchained’s local area in South London where there are currently hundreds of Black people imprisoned across three prison sites.

The Forgotten People is commissioned by Artsadmin, with support from BE PART through the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. 

Written and performed by Lady Unchained

Cinematographer and editor: Tracy Kiryango


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Date and time

28 January 2021
Captioned with and BSL interpreted

Please note
This is now a past event.