Scenes for Survival | Black Scots, an Extract from First Snow / Première Neige

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14 Jul 2020

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A young man recalls escaping the horrors of civil war in Congo as a child, to seek asylum in Glasgow with his mother. He finds surprising parallels between the barbarity and exploitation at the heart of that conflict and the shocking revelations of murder and profiteering painted away beneath the surface of his new homeland’s history. Thierry Mabonga stars in this extract from First Snow / Première neige by Philippe Ducros, Linda McLean and Davey Anderson, directed by Niloo-Far Khan, and original composition by Patricia Panther. Also featuring the onscreen talents of Fiona Sutherland.

A collaboration between Thierry Mabonga, Davey Anderson, Philippe Ducros, and Linda McLean.

Featuring the song Makambo by Geoffrey Oryema (courtesy of Real World Publishing and Sony/ATV).

Produced by National Theatre of Scotland, in association with BBC Scotland, Screen Scotland, BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine project, with support from Hopscotch Films.


Black Scots- in Conversation

Thierry Mabonga is joined by Black Scots Director Niloo-Far Khan to discuss the creative vision behind the piece.


“Black Scots is a beautifully written and thought-provoking reflection of one man’s experience and identity, as a Black man, as a Scot and as a Congolese immigrant. As a proud Scottish woman and a daughter of immigrants, I feel a deep connection with this story, and am honoured to have helped bring it to film”

Niloo-Far Khan, Director