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Ruth & Safiya

Ruth & Safiya is a story about friendships in unlikely places, challenging stereotypes, and the power of community. Ruth, an isolated pensioner, meets Safiya, a teenage Syrian refugee who is haunted by the life she fled from. Filmed on location in Skipton, the story is set in an allotment, showing the power of the earth and nature in creating a bond that transcends age, race and nationality.

Click here for stills & full credit list.

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Ruth & Safiya was funded by Bradford Council's Make:Film fund as part of the Bradford 2025 campaign. It also received a Radical Social award from The Leap. Additional funding was also kindly provided by Executive Producers Simon Beaufoy and Stephanie Zari. For all cast & crew credits please see our IMDB page. 

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The Power of Film Against the Landscape:
From Yamagata to Bradford

This documentary was commissioned by Yamagata film office, which like Bradford, is a UNESCO City of Film. 

Filmed on location in both Yamagata and Bradford, this film showcases the beautiful and dramatic landscapes both cities have to offer. 

Featuring interviews from Professor David Wilson, formerly of the Bradford Film Office and Mr Wataru Yamakawa, Senior Film Commissioner of Yamagata City of Film. 

Due to be released mid 2023

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Torn (Working Title)

A documentary developed with Muslim Northern Women founder, Activist Roukagia Afan, as she shares her personal experiences of being from both Syrian & Ukranian heritage in the context of the recent wars, whilst discussing the disparity in refugee treatment, islamophobia and second hand trauma through the way conflict is reported.

Due to be released mid 2023

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Dramatic Short
Co-Produced with Delilah Films

When single-mum Becky suspects she's been spiked, she seeks frenemy police officer, Andrea's, help in getting tested.
A dark comedy set in the North-East. 

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Mental Health Awareness Campaigns

Self Harm Awareness Campaign #TalkItOut

Here at Northern Fortress Films, were extremely passionate about mental health and we have worked with mental health charities across Bradford to help signpost people to their services. Here is an example campaign we have produced in partnership with Sharing Voices Bradford. We have produced films both in English & Urdu for demographically targeted audiences.

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The Stories Behind the Squares

The Stories Behind the Squares is a documentary commissioned by the Ilkley Manor House Trust. This documentary explores the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on local members of the community and how they came together to create unique quilt banners to document their experiences. 

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