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Riddled with bullets

Madina Ali Abdala

We connected from the very beginning. It happened in a cafe in Gràcia (Barcelona), around Christmas 2010 (nearly two years ago!). It was that feeling that doesn’t show up too often and that day was the departure of a successful project.

Toni Romero and Clara Tarrida are two poets who just published their CD-book BSO & Poesia – L’ànima dels somnis (in Catalan language). This work is a clear example of the XXI century literature, in which different languages match each other to produce a perfect message. With the participation of the musician and producer Ramon Pujol, a good friend of mine and owner of Casafont Records, in Vall d’Ora (Solsonès, Catalonia), both poets have written 23 different pieces where poetry goes really further: to the music world.

And there has been room also for me. With luck, I took part of this project and they asked me to give face and eyes to one of their poemes, titled Cosida a trets (Riddled with bullets), an emotive story dedicated to those children who suffer in conflict regions. These face and eyes are from Madina Ali, a girl who I selected to become the main character of this videoclip that we co-produced. Madina is a young resident in Abu Shouk camp for internally displaced families, in Darfur, Sudan, who besides portraits of other Catalan and Sudanese girls, are part of this sensitive poem that denounces the injustice of wars.

The final result is a good representation of our beginning: a perfect success. It has been a collective journey that put all our knowledge and experience together. Music, poetry and images have united to make a complete work.

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