We’ve seen so many examples of great storytelling this week we don’t know where to start. But we’ve tried and here are this week’s storytelling highlights – things we’ve seen, heard or read about and would like to share with you. Last Friday we shared all our powerful talks from our storytelling event Being the Story. If you haven’t already, watch them here, subscribe to the channel and do share them with your networks. Back to the highlights- you know the drill, make yourself a cup of tea, grab a pair of headphones and enjoy.
If you haven’t already seen it be sure to watch Girl Guiding’s new film ‘We Are #FortheGirl’ featuring the voices of well-known media personalities who reinforce gender stereotypes. The shocking thing, all the clips have been gathered from the last three years. It’s a great way to challenge outdated labels that continue to be put upon women and girls. The lip-syncing technique was also used in one of our favourite documentaries – The Arbor. Do try and see if if you can.
2. Damilola, Our Loved Boy
This week BBC One broadcast a new drama telling the tragic story of Damilola Taylor. The moving programme explores the personal story behind the headlines from the point of view of his family, in particular his father as they seek to get justice for his death. Through our work we have met many individuals who have been directly affected by knife and gun-crime and the programme is a reminder of the fact that there is still work to be done in tackling knife-crime in the UK.
3. No Body’s Perfect
We loved this new BBC Documentary No Body’s Perfect which sees international fashion photographer Rankin and artist Alison Lapper explore how identity has changed in the age of digital photography, social media and selfie culture. Rankin and Alison challenge four individuals who all hate the camera to be photographed up-close to investigate different perceptions of self-worth, image and beauty.
4. Breaking Through
This is a creative and powerful example of audio storytelling by Basic Young People, a voluntary organisation working to support those with experience of child sexual exploitation (CSE). The stop-motion animation is well-crafted with an honest and authentic sequence of audio stories played over it. Audio storytelling in this way is a great and powerful device when working with individuals who may want to remain anonymous.
5. Hidden Homeless
File on 4 reports on the ongoing homelessness crisis. We hear from families who are losing their homes and doctors who claim emergency accommodation in one city is affecting people’s mental health and contributing to an increase in deaths and the local authority keeping families in B&B accommodation longer than they are legally allowed to. Broadcast on Sunday evening BBC Radio 4, available to listen to here.
#BeingtheStory speaker Hassan featured in Keo Films’ Exodus: My Journey to Europe where he turned the camera on himself to document his journey from Syria to the UK. Last week he returned to the Calais Jungle as it was torn down to meet and film refugees who weren’t so lucky to settle.
It’s already that time of year – the return of the John Lewis Christmas advert includes a partnership with The Wildlife Trusts
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