‘Invisible Slaves’ by MTV Exit

Two clips from ‘Invisible Slaves’, MTV Exit’s new film featuring the stories of four young people as part of a campaign to combat human trafficking in Mexico. Presented by Puerto Rican band Calle 13 the film brings together the Pan American Development Foundation with the Mexican government, private sector companies, and civil society groups to increase awareness and prevent human trafficking among youth.

The film will premiere on August 31st on MTV Latin America! More info at MTV Exit.

Invisible Slaves- Capsule Maria from MTV EXIT on Vimeo.

Invisible Slaves- Capsule Jose from MTV EXIT on Vimeo.

‘Maisha’ by Hannah Klein and Abi Welsh

Project in progress – an animation and documentary project with a participatory focus made with a group of school children in Mlali, a village in Tanzania, East Africa. We look forward to seeing the outcome, here’s a little about their project:

Central to the project will be an ethic of collaboration, where a group of community members will be encouraged, through the use of small camcorders, to document life as they see it. We will carry out animation, character design and story telling classes in the school, and characters designed by the children will feature in the final cut. The completed film will be made up of the community’s footage, material detailing the filming process and the animation. Because of this format, we will go to Tanzania, not with a set story line or definite point of interest, but with a framework through which community members can develop their own narratives and express their own interests and stories.

The final film, edited and produced partly in Mlali with community members, will consist of an intersection of these narratives, both in film and animated format. On returning to the UK, by entering the film into festivals and shows, we hope to reflect to a global audience a genuine portrayal of every-day life in East Africa, as well as the creativity and vibrancy that exists there.

http://www.indiegogo.com/maisha

‘About Running’ by Suky Best

The UK’s Great North Run has just opened its Moving Image Comission for 2012: a £30 000 budget to make new work in response to the world’s largest half-marathon. More info here:

http://www.greatnorthrunculture.org/moving-image/apply

I just discovered in the archives a film from 2007 by director Suky Best which focuses on the stories and experiences of individual runners.

https://vimeo.com/10801994

‘The Road to Recovery’ by Alys Scott Hawkins

This is the first of two films I’ve made for national mental health charity Rethink.

I was given audio recordings of interviews with 14-25 year olds which I edited down to illustrate and articulate the experiences and aspirations of the young people.

The film was used in a bid that secured £1.2 million of Big Lottery funding to run highly successful recovery-orientated groups, known as the Uthink programme.

http://movingdrawing.com