Welcome to our weekly Storytelling Highlights. Here we share our weekly dose of things we’ve spotted that are great examples of storytelling. This is a list of things we’ve seen, heard or read about and would like to share with you.
A reminder that the Social Media Exchange is back providing a creative day of digital storytelling training, Super Early Bird rates are being snapped up. To be part of our flagship training day click here. I the meantime back to the highlights. It’s always difficult to make a choice as we come across so many great examples of storytelling.
You can’t have missed learning disability charity Mencap’s new campaign this week #HereIAm. Its powerful images and video have been across social media, newspapers and on TV. We love this campaign for its authenticity. People with learning disabilities are at the heart of this campaign and Mencap have done a brilliant job at reaching out to their supporters and beyond to be part of this movement- challenging stereotypes and misconceptions around learning disabilities. Read our blog on what other organisations can learn from the campaign.
We love this new collaboration from Give Blood NHS and the MOBOs. The NHS have collaborated with the MOBOs and rapper Lady Leshurr to create this brilliant film to encourage more blood donors from the black and Asian community. They’re using a new and interesting way of recruiting a largely new demographic of supporters through a youth voice. Watch the film below.
3. The Real Daniel Blake
Last week we featured Ken Loach’s new film I, Daniel Blake in our storytelling highlights as his new film which puts a spotlight on the welfare state came to cinemas. The Guardian has since shared the video below, of the ‘real Daniel Blake’. Filmed in Ashton, Greater Manchester it shows the realities represented in the film – people who are starting to fight back against a benefit system that is punishing them.
4. A Child of the State Too
From the archives we’ve chosen this brilliant Ted Talk from Lemn Sissay given at the Houses of Parliament in 2013. In this powerful talk he draws on his own experiences in care, and now as a care leaver to challenge us to reframe how we think about social care and our perceptions of those in care. We should build a care system that people would champion.
5. Island Nation
The Island Nation is the new play by human rights theatre company ice&fire. It puts a spotlight on the civil war in Sri Lanka in 2009. It shares shocking truths and the extraordinary human stories based on real events from a largely unreported war. It’s on now at the Arcola Theatre, London. Let us know if you do manage to see it!
Of course there’s always a few added extras:
Congratulations to Keo Films for winning the Liberty Award for Human Rights Arts for their powerful documentary Exodus: My Journey to Europe. Hassan Akkad who featured in the film and spoke at our storytelling event Being the Story has been sharing photos from Calais as the Jungle is destroyed…
— Hassan Akkad (@hakkad88) October 24, 2016
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