hands holding hand written letters


black strangers


Film duration: 11 mins 20 secs


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

This film follows the artist through the woods in search of ‘Daniel’, who was buried in a Gloucestershire village in 1719 and described, in a transcript found in Gloucester Archives, as ‘a black stranger’. Whilst walking, Dan talks directly to Daniel, speculating about the parallels between him and his namesake, and about how he’s been made to feel like a ‘black stranger’ in his home town of Stroud.

Credit: black strangers (2022), dir. Dan Guthrie


Dan Guthrie is an artist, researcher and writer whose practice often explores representations of Black Britishness, with an interest in examining how they manifest themselves in rural areas.


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