Welcome to our Storytelling Highlights, this is where we share what we’ve seen, heard or read about and would like to share with you from the worlds of charity communications and digital storytelling. We’re always on the lookout for great examples of storytelling so get in touch if you have one to share. Also, do catch up with our February e-news now, and subscribe here to get it straight to your inbox. Now back to our highlights, grab a cup of tea, a pair of headphones and enjoy.
1.The Trouble with Dad
The Trouble with Dad is an extremely personal look into the effects of Pick’s disease as narrated by comedian David Baddiel who tells the story of his father in this moving documentary. Pick’s disease is a form of dementia that as Baddiel describes it has lead his dad to “uncontrolled swearing, inappropriate behaviour, irritation, mood swings, apathy, and extreme impatience”. The film is as much about learning more about the disease as it is looking at the effect it can have on the families dealing with it. It’s both a frank, emotional and funny film.
To mark this year’s Red Nose Day on 24th March, Comic Relief has collaborated with rapper Rapman producing the song, Promise. The song and music video are putting a spotlight on domestic abuse through telling the harrowing story of Sarah who finds herself in an abusive relationship. It’s a different, and powerful method of sharing a difficult story. The video has already reached almost 100,000 views ahead of Red Nose Day in a months time.
3. Young and Homeless
Another powerful immersive video from CentrePoint UK Young and Homeless tells the story of Sam, a young girl trying to escape a violent home. The video style puts you at the heart of the story as she has to leave the house, and struggles to find a place to stay. The comments below the video see people share their experiences, who have been in the same position. Watch it virtically on your phone now.
4. Be My Eyes
Yesterday BBC News released a great feature on Be My Eyes the app helping blind people to ‘see’. We think this app is incredible, relying on volunteers from around the world the app pairs up blind people with sighted people when they need someone to be their eyes for a minute. Take a look at it in action below:
5. Human Rights Film Festival
The Human Rights Watch Film Festival is back with two weeks of thought-provoking documentary and film screenings on a range of human rights issues. From the 6-17th March there will be films on women’s rights, journalism, migration and more showing at the Barbican, British Museum and Picturehouse Central in London. Let us know if you’re going along to any, tickets are now on sale here.
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