two people with their back to the viewer one wearing a jumper, skirt and white socks


Pastoral Malaise


Film duration: 14 mins


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

A short film about the absences within rural pastoral environments, often framed by romanticism and picturesque conventions, constructed as tourist sites and refuges in rural landscapes across Britain.

Credit: Pastoral Malaise (2022), dir Ufuoma Essi


Ufuoma Essi is a filmmaker and artist whose work spans film, moving image, photography and sound. Using the archive as an essential medium, her work revolves around Black feminist epistemology and the configuration of displaced histories, with the aim of interrogating and disrupting the silences and gaps of political and historical narratives.



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.