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27 May 2020

A City of Hope

Bristol City Council has launched a City of Hope, a film to poignantly mark the Covid-19 pandemic as the city begins its journey to recovery.

The film brings to life the words of City Poet Vanessa Kisuule, who Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees commissioned to capture the feelings and spirit of the city during this time.

Mayor Rees said, “The Covid-19 pandemic has not only created physical barriers between us, it has brought forward feelings of fear, uncertainty and isolation. This film acts as a reminder of the rich and varied communities and cultures that make Bristol so special, as we all stand together in the face of crisis. It is that spirit that gives us hope for the future.

“The next stage of the city’s recovery is crucial but also daunting for many people. We need to rebuild businesses, confidence, and all change how we live to keep ourselves, our families and our communities safe. It is more important than ever that we act with respect and tolerance, and don’t forget the kindness and resilience we have shown the past few months.”

The film is part of the #WeAreBristol campaign, a series of films and projects which unite Bristol, demonstrate our love and pride for our city, our strong sense of community and how our differences should not divide us.

Bristol-based independent video production company JonesMillbank made this film. Adam Millbank, Director at JonesMillbank said: “Covering our home city during a state of lockdown was a strange but inspiring experience.

“From our initial conversations with the poet, to discovering the incredible efforts being made by people across the city, it's been an uplifting and eye opening project. It's not an understatement to say that we witnessed a city pulling together to help everyone in some way.”

Watch online at www.wearebristol.co.uk/city-of-hope