Film Poems

The 2007 Film Poems project was developed in partnership with BBC Voices and The Garage, with Michael Laskey leading the creative writing workshops. The project brought together young refugees, asylum seekers and local youngsters between the ages of 11-14  to work on the creation of film poems. Over the duration of the project 15 young people were given the opportunity to develop a range of skills including: creative writing, filming, recording and editing. It also gave them a chance to expand their social networks.

The main focus of the project was exploring Norwich together, capturing images of the city and expressing what these places mean to them. As a result, five three-minute long films were created, which were launched during Refugee Week 18-24 June 2007. 

With the support of the museums films were screened during Refugee Week on the 20th and 21st of June at the Castle Museum.

Here are some of the comments from the young people who participated: 

The thing I liked the most about the project was the freedom to film whatever we wanted. There were very few restrictions and we were able to choose the subject of the film and the footage we recorded – Jonathan Webb.

I liked getting to see all the places I’ve never seen before – Rhea Smith.

I enjoyed learning about new effects – Maisie Ross.

I liked filming and making new friends, having fun and wasting time doing work like filming, editing, poems and lots more –  Abdullah Hassan.

I like how we were able to try new things and meet new people. It has been such a growing opportunity and I have learnt so much. The filming was really fun and the creative writing was really cool – I love writing poems – Adrienne Elliot Wilkinson.

I enjoyed going out and filming the city and going on tour with the guides – Grace Walsh.

I liked editing and meeting new people – Gervelie Kouloungou.

It was great to learn how to get good camera angles and using the computer for this. Also making new friends! – Kirsten Hamilton.

Films are available to view permanently on the BBC website