A new film coproduced and written by young people has been launched in Colburn, Catterick Garrison. The powerful narrative was shaped and devised through creative workshops with inspired youth and themes were developed through working with artists such as Hip Hop artist Kritikal Powers, make-up artist Alexandra Nicole and photographer Scott Akoz. The moving narrative of the film highlights issues important to young people in the area and its message is a culmination of their thoughts ideas and experiences.
The creative process introduced the young people to artists from different fields who had all come through some sort of social or emotional challenges growing up. The resonating message this conveyed was that despite the challenges the artists had all gone on to create thriving businesses and made careers out of doing what they love.
Once the film had been completed it was set to get its world premiere followed by a Q&A. The event was introduced by the Lord Mayor to an audience of professionals working with young people, local councillors and members of the armed forces who joined parents and young people at Empire Cinema to see the world premiere of their film.
The film ‘Lost in Translation’ was part of a series of community projects which engaged with young people through arts and media to produce poetry, exhibitions, films and screenings. The LIT series are produced in partnership with NCOP.
The film was given a fantastic reception screening and was followed by a lively Q&A and discussion with the audience about the issues the film raised.
The film achieved its purpose as it sparked a range of discussions after the screening; from youth provision, mental health support for young people and what young people need in their lives to follow their aspirations, the debate was wide ranging and important. The film was then launched online and will serve to provide insight into the lives of young people and spark ongoing discussion around the issues it raises.
What the film highlights more than anything is that young people are not defined by sweeping stereotypes which only perpetuate prejudice and mis-informed judgements. Instead the film eloquently highlights the barriers and challenges young people face, especially those in poverty and those from deprived areas. The film shines a light on the simple fact every child is individual and contrary to popular belief they all have dreams and aspirations.
The screening showcase and Q&A was a great success and has led to opportunities for the young people to meet with local councillors and discuss the challenges in the area and the support they feel they need to reach for their dreams. The film hit almost 3,000 views in its first few days and is set to get a screening at the local council in 2020. See the film for yourself below.