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PRESS RELEASE - Young film-makers launch inspirational documentary ‘Youth Stories of Brent’

Over a hundred people packed into the Granville Centre in South Kilburn on Saturday 8 September to celebrate the launch of Youth Stories of Brent, a dynamic new documentary film telling the stories of inspirational young people from the borough. The film breaks down stereotypes and negative perceptions of young people and sets the mould for Brent as the London Borough of Culture 2020.

Youth Stories of Brent captures the journeys, hopes and ambitions of young people from Brent. It also showcases some of the organisations and community groups working locally with young people, inspiring them and supporting them to achieve their potential.

A group of young people, aged 13-19, were recruited last year to be trained in film production skills by media training company, 'You're Only Young Once' (YOYO). The young film-makers have played a central role in the making of Youth Stories of Brent. They have gained transferable skills and will receive an Arts Award qualification on completion of the project.

The young film-makers come from all across the borough, including from Brent Council-owned homes. They each have their own talents, inspirational stories and ambitions which have contributed to the essence of the whole project. 

Savannah Mullings Johnson aged 20 from Kingsbury attended the launch and was also interviewed for the film. She said: “Youth Stories of Brent is a powerful and empowering documentary highlighting the incredible young people living in Brent. It defies stereotypes and makes me extremely proud to be a young person living in Brent.”

Amar Mazigh-Aichoun, aged 20 from St. Raphael’s Estate was interviewed for the film as he represented Team England at the Commonwealth Games in April. Amar has faced many obstacles as he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at 13 years old, and he continues to inspire other young people to overcome challenges and reach their goals. Amar said: “The film launch was a great experience especially knowing that I was in it, meeting the Brent public and meeting the other youth of Brent. It will definitely leave a mark in Brent history to motivate youths in Brent.”

Cllr Mili Patel, who is the Cabinet Member lead for young people said: “It is fantastic to see young people highlighting themselves in this truly positive way by making an inspiring documentary about some of Brent’s talented young people.”

Councillor Eleanor Southwood, Cabinet Member for Housing and Welfare Reform said: "We are very proud to have led on the Youth Stories of Brent film project. The project is part of Brent’s commitment to strengthening communities, and getting younger residents involved in positive activities in the lead up to the London Borough of Culture 2020. It is important to acknowledge the support from our partner Wates Living Space, with whom we have been able to bring this project to life.

“We hope that young people continue to share their inspirational stories with each other, break down barriers and feel inspired to succeed."

To watch the film, please click on the link below:

www.brent.gov.uk/youthstoriesofbrent