Premiere: Culture Night, 8pm, September 17, 2021 (Online)

‘It takes a village’ is an African proverb that stresses the importance of us coming together to support one another. Homecoming is a dance film inspired by this proverb and what community means to us.

Directed by Eilise Sullivan, produced by Catherine Young Dance and scored by Martin Schärer, this film is an adaptation of the music and concepts from the original stage work It Takes A Village, choreographed by Catherine Young.

It aims to capture the essence and beauty of a community in Kerry, sharing their talents and thoughts and stressing the importance of coming together to be hopeful and resilient in darker times.

It takes a village was made as part of The Welcoming Project, Kerry.

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Music and concept
inspired by It takes a Village 
by Catherine Young

Eilise Sullivan

Original Music Score
Martin Schärer

Director of Photography
Mark O’Rourke

Spoken word
Written by Shepherd Sipho Matonsi and Eilise Sulllivan (Performed by Shepherd Sipho Matonsi)

Shepherd Sipho Matonsi
Catherine Merrigan, Gladys Mteshani, Rejoice Nkala
Matilda Poff, Jackson Poff, Natasha Poff, Margaret Mamokheseng Schreurs, Nthabiseng Priscilla Schreurs, Rethabile Elizabeth Schreurs, Bontha Nthabeleng Schreurs, Omphile Lethabo Schreurs, Orion Thateho Schreurs, Róisin Uí Shíthigh, Caoimhe Ní Shítigh
Rúibí Ní Shítigh, Eilise Sullivan, Fintan Switzer

Assistant Camera
Aitana Silvana

Jack Ferguson

Jennifer Switzer

Music Produced
Alan Kelly and Martin Schärer

Cormac Breatnach (Susato Low-F whistle), Brian Fleming (percussion), Alan Kelly (guitar, vocals), Vyvienne Long (cello), Jade O Connor (vocals),
Fionn O’Neill (bass), Jon Sanders (guitar, mandola),
Martin Schärer (percussion, vocals)

Sound Recording and mix
Alan Kelly

Music recorded at Wild Way Recording, Moughna, Co. Clare

Produced by
Catherine Young Dance

Process and performance commissioned for Culture Night 2021
by Kerry County Council and The Arts Council and supported by the Creative Ireland Kerry Programme.

Special thanks to Film Equipment Hire.