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Bydd Ifor ap Glyn yn Rhydaman yn dangos ffilm archif sy'n adrodd hanes y bardd David Rees Griffiths. Ifor ap Glyn is in Rhydaman with an archive film about local poet David Rees...


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-There, at my feet, is the town where

-I was born, and I've come home.

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-The film David was made

-for the 1951 Festival of Britain...

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-..to celebrate Britain's

-continuation after WW2.

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-The featured films celebrated

-an aspect of British culture.

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-This was the film about Wales.

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-The film is a drama-documentary.

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-Remarkably, David

-is not portrayed by an actor...

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-..but by David Griffiths himself.

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-He recreates his life for us, as

-a school caretaker, former miner...

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-..and a bard,

-known locally as Amanwy.

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-Caradog agrees with me.

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-Do you sell many?

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-They were very popular.

-I still sell the occasional copy.

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-It records

-a period in Ammanford's history.

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-That's why I'm here.

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-I hope our film bridges the years

-between David and Ammanford today.

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-David chronicles Amanwy's life.

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-His brother, Jim Griffiths, was the

-first Secretary of State for Wales.

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-Amanwy and Jim Griffiths

-were two brothers, and two miners.

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-But while Jim left home

-to find success...

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-..Amanwy stayed

-in the Ammanford area.

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-He went down the mine aged twelve.

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-When the dust became

-too much for him...

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-..he found work as

-the local grammar school caretaker.

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-He inspired generations of children.

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-You're the master!

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-You're the master!

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-Oh, no no! I'm not the headmaster.

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-I'm the caretaker, my boy. See?

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-But I'll be keeping an eye on you!

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-The school Amanwy once cleaned

-is a central location in the film.

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-It's barely changed in places.

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-There was a great deal of emphasis

-on education in those days.

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-The film reflects this.

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-Well done, Ivor.

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-Education was an escape

-from the pit's clutches.

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-Now the pits have gone, is education

-still the ticket out of the valley?

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-I showed the film to the sixth form.

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-I hoped they'd be

-inspired to help us...

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-..to make a new film

-based on the original themes.

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-Dafydd Rhys is a caretaker.

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-His brother is

-a Member of Parliament in London.

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-We were all miners together...

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-..and I hope

-we haven't changed too much.

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-This is an interesting idea

-in the film.

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-What is the definition

-of success and failure?

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-Yeah.

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-He came second in the Eisteddfod.

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-Speaking from experience,

-that isn't easy!

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-He says, "I failed.

-We can't all be successful."

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-I failed. You'll pass!

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-Elsewhere, he says he wanted his

-son to succeed where he had failed.

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-There were new opportunities

-for the young men in Wales.

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-I wanted him

-to succeed where I had failed.

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-How does that strike you?

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-It's not fair

-that he thinks he's failed.

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-His success was

-different from his brother's.

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-His brother moved out of the area.

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-The success of his life

-was helping people.

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-How is Gwilym? Does he like Cardiff?

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-Oh, he's doing well! We always

-hoped he'd go to the university.

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-I was very glad

-he won that scholarship.

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-Without it, I'm afraid

-we couldn't have sent him.

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-What are your plans

-after leaving school?

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-University.

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-Where?

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-Where?

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-London, hopefully.

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-Cardiff or London. It depends.

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-Cardiff or London. It depends.

-

-London.

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-Bath.

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-Cardiff. I want to stay in Wales.

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-I think I can speak for all of us...

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-..and say

-we've had a great time here.

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-We want to find jobs.

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-The kind of jobs we want

-aren't found in Ammanford.

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-Perhaps things will have changed

-in ten years' time.

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-If your career

-led you back to this area...

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-..would you feel

-that somehow you hadn't succeeded?

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-It could be a dream job,

-but it would be back here.

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-I'd see it as a failure,

-to be perfectly honest.

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-I'd be disappointed if I stayed

-here. I want to see the world.

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-No disrespect to those

-who've returned, it's their choice.

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-We need to see what's out there

-before deciding where we want to be.

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-Formal education

-isn't the only way to get ahead.

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-I wanted our film to reflect this

-and to include different viewpoints.

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-After visiting the school, I

-went to the Streets Youth Project...

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-..in Ammanford.

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-They come to the Streets Project

-because they want to.

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-They want more out of life.

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-They'd like to improve themselves

-as much as possible.

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-Some feel they're

-not doing that well in school.

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-We try to help them...

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-..to realize they're doing better

-than they think.

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-Would the film interest them?

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-We showed it in the school.

-Could we screen it here?

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-I think they'd be interested.

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-Come along, boy! Don't be scared.

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-What do you think?

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-..I think he doesn't realize...

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-..that his life is dedicated

-to the success of other people.

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-He's helping other people

-to get where they are...

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-..but he doesn't realize that.

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-It's interesting

-that some of the young people...

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-..noticed he's the silent hero.

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-I like the fact it puts into film

-that no matter where you're from...

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-..you can always succeed as well.

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-People from a small town going off.

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-Shane Williams did it.

-The best winger in the world.

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-John Cale.

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-It's very promising

-for our generation.

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-I want to stay in Ammanford. My

-family stayed, and I want to, too.

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-My brother wants to move away,

-and I don't know why.

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-I want to be recognized.

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-Do you want to be famous?

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-Do you want to be famous?

-

-No, not famous... well, yeah.

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-I'd like to act, things like that.

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-It depends how you define success.

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-That's what we try to teach

-the young people.

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-It's success on a personal level.

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-It can be achieved

-through living in Ammanford.

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-You can go and come back, or stay.

-You have the option.

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-In 1951, David was screened

-22 times in this town hall.

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-Where better to screen a new film

-inspired by the original?

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-It's lovely.

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-Yeah, it's alright.

-It's a nice place to work.

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-I'd like to discuss the possibility

-of screening our new film...

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-..alongside the old film.

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-Can I have a look around?

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-Can I have a look around?

-

-No problem.

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-I'll come by on my way out. Thanks.

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-Thanks very much.

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-I had now met

-two lots of young people.

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-The new film began to take shape.

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-The first step

-was going back to school.

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-We looked at David

-when I was last here.

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-I wasn't sure

-what direction to take.

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-I'd like to compare the situation

-of someone who decided to stay...

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-..with your experiences

-as you prepare for the future.

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-You've set your sights

-on further education.

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-I gave Mererid,

-Tom and Sara the camera.

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-It was time to choose

-someone from the Streets project.

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-Juliana created quite an impression.

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-The young leader decided against

-university to live and work at home.

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-It's quite simple.

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-It's easier than mine!

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-Juxtaposing her experiences

-alongside the school leavers...

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-..would provide

-the ideal basis for our film.

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-A week after distributing

-the cameras in Ammanford...

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-..I returned for an update -

-and, first, it was Tom's work.

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-OK, then.

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-This is where I live in Ammanford.

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-I live on a site called Gwynfryn.

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-I was going to Carmarthenshire

-College in Llanelli...

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-..to practise with one of my bands.

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-One of your bands?

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-One of your bands?

-

-I'm in two bands.

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-Rock 'n' roll!

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-What's happening here?

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-There wasn't enough room in the van.

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-We had to borrow a trailer.

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-He couldn't find the key to go in!

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-We broke into the garage

-to get the trailer.

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-That shows us gaining entry!

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-That shows us gaining entry!

-

-LAUGHTER

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-We've had permission to do this!

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-This is in night vision

-after the gig.

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-I'm describing the gig.

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-We've just finished in the venue.

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-It was absolutely brilliant.

-A crazy crowd.

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-That's success to me,

-playing gigs in different places.

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-Have you done any filming?

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-We'll film sixth-formers

-tomorrow during our free lessons...

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-..to ask their opinion.

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-We're going out tomorrow night, too.

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-We'll talk to them and my parents.

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-Tom and his friends dream of flying

-the nest to spread their wings.

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-Juliana's story

-is more like Amanwy's own.

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-She's moved on

-while staying locally.

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-I met up with her at work in

-the local Communities First offices.

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-How did you get on with the camera?

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-Well, I'm rather camera-shy.

-I haven't filmed myself much.

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-I'm not used to talking

-about my everyday life.

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-Juliana did mention the uncertainty

-surrounding her work.

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-During March...

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-..it seemed that Communities First

-wouldn't be here much longer.

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-Unfortunately, the money was being

-withdrawn from the area.

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-I felt sad, not just for our jobs...

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-..but because

-the area would lose out.

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-But on the eleventh hour...

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-..the Assembly said

-we could apply for funding.

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-We had money for a year.

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-I hope to carry on our good work.

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-Fingers crossed!

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-I filmed local youngsters.

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-Will you move away to work

-and maybe live outside Wales?

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-Yes, so that my name

-goes all over the place.

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-I want everyone to hear about me!

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-What do you think of the area?

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-I'd like to stay,

-but something tells me I'll leave.

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-Juliana's film was coming along.

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-I resumed my quest for Amanwy.

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-Hello!

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-I phoned earlier.

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-We've found the volume.

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-I'll show you.

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-This is the volume, O Lwch Y Lofa.

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-It's a volume

-by six Carmarthenshire miners.

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-Gomer Roberts has won a scholarship,

-and he wants money for his lodgings.

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-Here, Amanwy uses his poetic talent

-to help a colleague.

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-While recovering from injuries

-sustained in a pit accident...

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-..Amanwy edited

-a poetry anthology entitled...

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-..O Lwch Y Lofa.

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-I worked on the book...

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-..and when it was printed they

-sent the first copy up on a tram...

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-..as a kind of symbol.

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-I came out of hospital, and

-helped to sell it from door to door.

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-That way, we made ninety pounds.

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-With it, Gomer Roberts

-was able to go to college.

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-Is this his personal copy?

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-Is this his personal copy?

-

-Possibly.

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-He's left his mark in the library!

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-Having found a poetry volume by

-Amanwy I met up with Tom once again.

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-I had a suggestion to make.

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-I want Amanwy to be Bernie Taupin

-to your Elton John.

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-OK!

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-The idea was for Tom

-to compose music for the film...

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-..inspired by Amanwy's words.

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-There are a lot of nice lines.

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-Perhaps you could pick these out.

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-In the meantime...

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-..in another part of school,

-the girls filmed their contribution.

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-Go away, go away!

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-Where are you going?

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-I'm in the sixth-form room

-with friends.

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-Do you view going to Cardiff

-as a success or a failure?

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-I think I've succeeded.

-It's a capital city!

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-I'd like to go to England.

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-But I'm a home bird.

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-Adam's studying Engineering,

-I'm doing Law.

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-Job prospects centre around England.

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-We have to leave to earn good money

-and get the best jobs.

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-Are you going to university, Liam?

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-Are you going to university, Liam?

-

-No.

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-What are your plans?

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-A carpentry apprenticeship...

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-..then, I'll join the Police Force

-when I'm 21.

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-Will you stay local or move away?

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-I'll stay in this area.

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-I'll probably return,

-but not until I finish my course.

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-Many of Tom's friends

-had mapped out their futures.

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-Tom revealed

-his doubts about college.

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-I don't want to leave

-with thirty grand of debt.

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-That worries me.

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-I don't want to spend the first

-ten years paying it off.

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-This gave the project

-a different perspective.

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-Was Tom getting more like Juliana?

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-I left school

-after the lower sixth.

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-I wanted to work.

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-I didn't want to leave

-to go to university.

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-I always wanted to come back.

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-I had the choice to work here,

-and get the education I wanted.

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-I knew that's what I wanted to do.

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-People are thinking about

-moving away to get the education.

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-They hear there's nothing here.

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-I don't think that's true.

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-It's knowing

-what to do with the options.

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-To be honest, it was a bit random.

-I needed a band.

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-They needed a singer and writer,

-and it came together.

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-The situation

-became more complicated for Tom.

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-His band, Nevarro,

-won the Battle of the Bands.

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-Yeah, we won it last week, on

-the 29th of April on Radio Cymru.

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-Tom was enjoying the celeb life.

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-Why choose university

-when you're a success?

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-I wouldn't say that.

-Don't quote me on that!

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-If things were changing for Tom...

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-..Juliana was at a crossroads, too.

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-I'm considering going back to study

-part-time in Trinity College.

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-It would take four years, part-time,

-to get my degree.

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-It opens up more options for me.

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-Whether university

-or a singing career beckoned...

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-..one thing was certain.

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-I have to move away

-to start a new life.

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-It's hard because I'll be

-leaving my family behind.

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-There's always the phone.

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-As they say...

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-..we tend to lose touch

-with our school friends.

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-We'll have different friends

-as adults.

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-It's a chance I've got to take.

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-A few weeks later, Tom had composed

-the music, the film had been edited.

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-The screening took place.

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-We're still living with this idea

-that without education...

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-..even better if you've

-moved away to get education...

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-..you haven't succeeded.

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-Making the film

-has challenged the idea.

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-James...

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-..lights please.

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-When Elin has grown up, I hope she

-can choose whether to move or stay.

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-I'd like to think she'll

-stay close to me and the family.

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-If she wants to move, I want her to

-make the choice knowing her options.

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-She has the choice

-to stay and be successful.

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-She doesn't have to move away

-to find something else.

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-I'm leaving school

-the day after tomorrow...

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-..so I'm feeling emotional.

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-We're preparing a Cowboys and

-Indians theme for the last day.

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-Bye for now.

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-Looking forward to the party?

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-Looking forward to the party?

-

-Lots!

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-It's the last time we'll be together

-before going to university.

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-I won't turn my back

-on my childhood home

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-Despite hearing voices

-inviting on the wind

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-My soul and wonderment belong to her

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-She carved my youthful imagination

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-I might travel to faraway lands

-and meet the gentlest of people

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-I'll wish only

-for the company of old friends

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-Those who shared

-a myriad secrets with me

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-Very good.

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-Tom's film was interesting.

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-It brought back memories

-of my sixth-form days!

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-Looking back was odd,

-seeing us together.

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-I haven't seen them in two months.

0:22:560:22:59

-Seeing us in school uniforms

-gave me goosebumps!

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-I don't think education

-is everything.

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-But if you want a degree

-and to do well, you have to go.

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-They might go, but I wouldn't

-be surprised if they came back.

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-I hope they do,

-to maintain the culture.

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-After succeeding

-in their A levels...

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-..Mererid, Sara and Tom

-are going to university.

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-S4C Subtitles by GWEAD

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Bydd Ifor ap Glyn yn Rhydaman yn dangos ffilm archif sy'n adrodd hanes y bardd David Rees Griffiths. Ifor ap Glyn is in Rhydaman with an archive film about local poet David Rees Griffiths.