This deeply personal and honest account of the heartbreaking details of domestic abuse, demonstrates the courage of the human spirit to make positive change in the midst of harrowing circumstances. The story is told by a ‘survivor’ (her own words) of domestic violence who refused to be a victim or live in abuse any longer. Her journey is one of great hope and transformation which is inspirational, without diluting the severity of this issue.
The Craft Cafe in Govan (Impact Arts) is a beautiful example of the power of creativity as a way of nurturing social connections and the impact this has on building communities. This short film provides a snapshot of the many benefits of developing creativity in a social setting with such a welcoming, positive and friendly atmosphere. The creative and social activities which Charlie Craig, the lead tutor, and the creative assistants provide each day show that this is therapy, personal development, emotional support and for many the 'antidote to loneliness'.
The process for creating this music video required the development of many new skills including storyboarding, writing lyrics, creating a melody, collaboratively deciding on a music genre, singing and recording music together and acting and filming a narrative video. It was both challenging for the young people involved as well as great fun. The project was supported by the youth workers at a local community church.
Graffiti Art Project This fantastic project was a collaboration between two youth groups, a graffiti artist and Reel People Scotland. The idea behind the project was to learn about graffiti art as a form for expressing individuality and imagination. It was also a tool to work together and inspire other forms of creativity, including drawing, painting, symbolism and film-making.
'SEE ME' was the pilot project of Reel People with
DELTA youth group and was an inspiration for
many of our projects which followed. Looking at
the impact of social media on a variety of issues
including self-image, self esteem and mental health,
this short film was a revealing glimpse into the lives
of young people today. The group of young people
who made the film articulated with real honesty and
courage the emotional reality behind the images we
project through social media. The film is creatively
expressed as well as raising awareness of the power of
social media on our well-being.
Family, Feelings and the Future is a short film created
by 6 young people and focuses on a portrait of 3 young
males who live in Kinship families. The project involved
a 12 week process which included discussions and
activities to explore personal experience. It also included
the development of film-making skills which were used by
the young people to make this film. The process nurtured
trust and confidence within the group and between project
Roads to Recovery is one of a series of short films focusing
on recovery from addiction . A group of 6 young adults
honestly share their experience before, during and after addiction. They discuss the depths of addiction and the
benefits of recovery. During the project they learned about
the film making process and the skills required. They also
greatly benefited from exploring and expressing their own journey with others through film.
Fragments of Youth is a short film made by a local youth
group celebrating individuality and personal experience.
The project involved research, group discussion and learning
about the use of sound recording, camera work, lighting and
the importance of setting and style. The focus of the project
was the uniqueness of each young person and the importance
of self worth.
Claire's Story is an intimate account of the devastation
of addiction and the beauty of recovery. Claire shares
about the power of denial even from a young age as a
way to avoid feelings of social anxiety, low self-esteem
and depression. Through learning about the film-making
process Claire has been inspired to create her own travel
video vlog documenting her travels and whilst volunteering
in India and Asia.
Kieran's Story is a powerful insight into the impact of
addiction on mental health and relationships. Kieran
honestly shares how even status and financial success
could not alleviate his dis-ease with himself and that
turning to drink and drugs became the problem and not