‘We are Here!’ is a film project engaging with 12-24 yr olds in Nottingham, featuring their voices and stories about creativity and life in lockdown.
The last year has been a challenging time for young people, but many have found new outlets for their creativity, such as cooking, writing, making videos, dancing, gaming, photography, drawing, gardening and reading. Others have been getting their voices heard through protest, being local heroes in their community by volunteering at foodbanks, or just being kind to neighbours.
As lockdown begins to ease, we've been talking to young people about their experiences and how the last year has affected them, and creating a short film featuring the voices and stories of young people.
The conversations will create a short 10-12min film, reflecting on the diversity of young peoples' experiences and what creativity means to them.
Local filmmaker Ben Harriott and Creative Engagement Manager Bo Olawoye connected with youth and community leaders around the city to arrange meetings to capture the voices of young people across Nottingham.
We aim to edit your stories so they are available on our website as a record of life and creativity in lockdown. The short film will be shared on social media, with youth and community groups and arts organisations across the city.
A short clip from our filming. Here Iman tells us how she keeps positive about her creative abilities.
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