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Syncopated Green


FIlm duration: 8 mins


2. Village Hall, West Coker
Fri 26 – Sun 28 May, 10am – 5:30pm

Reflecting on the history of outdoor free parties in the English countryside, Arjuna Neuma uses rave music, past and present, to help forget the ‘official’ portrayal of England as picturesque, nostalgic, white, and rural. Somewhere between a music video, a memoir and an essay, Syncopated Green turns imperial history inside out and asks: how might our future be different if we had other histories to lean on – and dance with?

Credit: Syncopated Green (2022), dir. Arjuna Neuman


Arjuna Neuman was born on an aeroplane: that’s why he has two passports. He is an artist, filmmaker and writer.


The works on show at the Village Hall are presented as part of ‘Right of Way’ a programme of artists’ films, commissioned in 2022 by the Independent Cinema Office and LUX (the UK agency for the support and promotion of artists working with the moving image). They are part of a wider programme, including archive footage, that aims to provide a bigger picture of questions of access and inclusion in the UK countryside. The commissions were supported by the BFI Film Audience Network and Arts Council England. www.rightofwaytour.org.uk