Client
Families Forward

Overview

Having established a successful three-year partnership with Families Forward of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council, See Change Films was commissioned to provide a four-month film training programme for local families. The participants, now known as 1001 Stories, directed, filmed and edited three documentaries on issues of their own choosing.

 “What felt so good and different about this programme was that no one was trying to tell me how to be a better parent - it was just about me and the girls learning a new skill and enjoying some quality time together.”
-Salima Chebbah, film trainee

Aims

In our third film-training course delivered in partnership with Families Forward, the film participants were encouraged to take ownership of their documentaries – to choose and explore subjects that they were passionate about. This film initiative also saw participants from previous courses with Families Forward come back as mentors, supporting new trainees whilst also developing their own confidence and skills further.

One of the documentaries produced tells the stories of three strong women in very different places in their lives. The idea for the film was sparked by one of the film trainees, Salima, and her desire to show her two young daughters more diverse role models than those often portrayed in media and pop culture.

The two other documentaries produced explore the re-development of Ladbroke Grove and the local community fighting to protect its identity, and the high-energy world of skateboarding, revealing a community of people passionate about this sport

Outcomes

• 13 people trained in filmmaking
• 5 former trainees supported the filming project as mentors, gaining new skills in leadership
• Three documentaries produced on the topics chosen by the film trainees
• The documentaries were premiered at See Change Films’ Graduation event in front of a large audience, with the filmmakers introducing their own work
• Councillor Robert Freeman, the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, visited the filmmakers prior to film premiere
• See Change Films is working with the film trainees to distribute the films to film festivals, broadcasters and online