Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund & Alcohol Change UK, we’ve been working with Salmagundi Films to help young people in the London Borough of Newham express themselves and their experiences creatively through the use of short films.
How was Young Lives Production created?
During our youth club sessions we had debates and discussions on stigma and social issues. Young people shared their views on what they felt strongly about. This included gender inequality such as less sympathy for men suffering from DV, unisex toilets in schools, women being labelled negatively for the same thing men get praised for, mental health and racism etc.
We then invited Spoken Word Artist Jamal Khan to guide them into transforming those views into poetry, before Salmagundi helped the young people to bring their poetry to life using Stop-Frame Animation, which led to ‘Young Lives Production’. This creative project took around 6 months to complete, and required young people to be patient, committed, insightful and of course artistic.
The films were launched at a film screening last month in Forest Gate and you can now watch them all below:
Shakeisha - Through my eyes
'Through my eyes' is about racism
Sarah - Lifeline
'Lifeline' is about growing up and pressure young people face
Olivia - Predator
'Predator' is a tribute to an uncle (and second father) who passed away
Kayssa - Familia
'Familia' is about families breaking apart over money
Fiza - Demons in my Head
‘Demons in my Head‘ is about overcoming mental health and the importance of having someone to support you.
Nuria - Teen Girl
'Teen Girl' is about the hardship and labels around teenage pregnancy from a girl’s perspective
The full video of all the films compiled together is below: