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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.

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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. 

Mental Health Awareness Campaigns

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. Below are some of the campaigns we have produced in partnership with Sharing Voices Bradford. We have produced films both in English & Urdu for demographically targeted audiences.

Self Harm Awareness Campaign #TalkItOut

Relationships Heal Campaign #TalkItOut

Suicide Awareness Campaign

Mental Health Awareness Campaign

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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