In 2010, filmmaker Sarah Lewis began a series of video diaries with students at The Pavilion School. The School is an alternative educational setting for young people who are disengaged from education and training. The classes are run in a safe environment that is conducive to psychosocial rehabilitation and the staff are experienced at working with at-risk youth.
Over a period of one week each student captured footage for a personal and intimate video diary. Technical aspects of the filmmaking process were discussed and the students also learnt about the basic legal and ethical responsibilities in making reality videos. They took responsibility for the camera and were invited to record anything they felt revealed an aspect of their lives or their diverse backgrounds. No topic was rejected as long as it portrayed something of their identity.
The aim of the project was to develop the creative abilities of individual students as well as to provide a platform for them to depict how they interpret their world. Authentic self-expression was encouraged and the confessional nature of the work gave a voice to the students' concerns and hopes. In the final stage, Lewis worked with the students on a narrative to reflect each student's life at that moment in time.
Ahmed Al Mansoori
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