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Young people of Brent tell their stories for inspirational documentary film

Young filmmakers from the London Borough of Brent will be launching a dynamic new documentary film telling the stories of inspirational young people from the borough, at a special launch event in September at the Granville Centre in South Kilburn.

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. 

Kaiaa Shepnekh-Boston, a 13 year-old aspiring actress from Harlesden said: “There has been a lot of negative stories about young people in the press which is very demotivating. We wanted to challenge this one-sided view and tell our own diverse stories.”

Priya Bharadia, aged 15 from Kingsbury would like to be a journalist and has gained valuable media experience through this project. She said: “We want this film to be inspirational to other young people, and to show them that there are many positive activities happening in the borough."

Hussein Mohamed, a 16 year-old talented artist from Kilburn said: “Young people are doing amazing things in Brent; we wanted to shine the light on them. The stories in the film include sports people, apprentices, entrepreneurs and anyone making a difference in their own way.”

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."

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