Beyond The Walls (2014)
A documentary by Gayle Embrey
All over the world, people from different cultures instinctively go to the walls, painting their stories as a way to give voice to their life experiences. In Beyond The Walls, we enter the murals for a personal view of lives affected by violence, poverty or conflict. Beyond The Walls brings to life the impact of traumatic events on those who survive.
Merging of the Dreaming
Kemblawarra Primary School Australia
By Aunty Lorraine Brown and Narelle Thomas
The mural titled Merging of the Dreaming tells the story of how the waterways were created in the Illawarra area. The story includes a big fish being chased by the rainbow serpent. The whale is included in the mural because it is a major totem animal for this coastal area. And, the mermaids represent the five sisters who were thrown out to sea, creating the small islands one can see in the near distance in this area outside Sydney.
House of CEBES
Perquin, El Salvador
by Walls of Hope
This mural is on the exterior wall of CEBES, Comunidades Eclesiales de Base de El Salvador, in Perquin, El Salvador. Padre Rogelio Ponseele, a Belgian priest who fought the war in Morazan wanted the portraits of Monseñor Romero, Sister Silvia and Octavio Ortiz Luna to be depicted in the mural. All three were assassinated by the military in El Salvador during twelve years of Civil War.
Archbishop Romero became “The Voice of the Voiceless” by confronting the military. He begged for international intervention and refused to attend any government function until the people were no longer being repressed. He labored constantly to bring justice to El Salvador, publicly indicting the military and the government. On March 24, 1980, while giving mass at the small church of the “Hospitalito”, he was shot as he raised the Sacred Host in the moment of the transformation of bread into the Body of Christ.
Jewish Matriarchs Buried in Hebron
Hebron, Palestinian Authority
By Sarah Haya Dribben
Artist Sarah Haya Dribben’s work derives from her spiritual journey after emigrating to Israel from Argentina. She painted three murals in Hebron to show the history of the existence of the Jewish people in this area of the Palestinian Territory. This mural she painted as a community project with local children. The mural shows Abraham sacrificing Isaac, Sarah sitting in the tent with the baby, and Rebecca walking with the water bucket. The girls working with Dribben wanted the mural to also show the beginning of the people and the shepherds connected to Hebron. Three women are placed in center of the mural to honor the three matriarchs buried in Hebron: Sarah, Rebecca and Leah.
Dribben said, “Sarah is connected to the tent. She his connected to the soil. In essence, you live to know who you are. My name was changed in the middle of my life. When I opened the Bible for the first time and read in Hebrew, I cried a lot. I was very moved and when I got to the story of Sarah I knew that would be my name.”
By Colors of Connection
Colors of Connection founders Christina Mallie and Laurie Reyman did some research on how people can often be re-traumatized living in a place that has been ravaged by war or violence. They set out, with some local high school students, to transform some of the burned out, damaged and destroyed buildings in Harper, Liberia by painting murals on the exterior walls. They chose themes that would inspire people toward a better, healthier life. Four murals were completed in Harper – 3 by high school students and later a 4th one on the exterior wall of a building at Tubman University by university students.
Olympic Medal Winners
Belfast, Northern Ireland
By Danny Devenny, Mark Ervine, Marty Lyons and Liam MacGabhann
Since the Peace Accords, muralists from both the Republican and Loyalist sides of the conflict have begun working together on mural projects. Since peace has taken hold, the suicide rate for young people has increased dramatically as has the rate of drug use. In Belfast, Danny Devenny and Mark Ervine, along with other muralists create murals intended to assist youth during this difficult time. This mural was created in conjunction with the upcoming Olympics in London 2012. The Olympics mural highlights all the Olympians who come from the Emerald Isle.
Murals as Voice in Argentina
During the Dirty War in Argentina, approximately 30,000 people were tortured and murdered. Until recently, there has been a fear of speaking out. Now artists and community members are going to the walls of Buenos Aires, particularly to walls of the former detention centers to create murals so that no one will ever forget what happened. And, in remembering, these acts of violence and oppression will not be repeated.
Casa Jose Marti
Palestinian Woman Bitten by Israeli Army Attack Dog
Aida Refugee Camp Separation Wall, Bethlehem, Palestine