In the Summer of 2016, participants of Kairo’s Feeling Safe project created a short animation with Caste Away Arts to communicate the issues affecting the lives of young women in Coventry. Catch 22 explores how young women have to contend with a vicious cycle of expectations, stereotypes and demands, when their full potential goes unnoticed.
‘It’s not easy being a young person, its hard to explain in words but this project helped us say it with pictures’ – Feeling Safe participant
The Girls On Top project was delivered in partnership with Caste Away Arts and Harmeet Chagger-Khan (a local film animator) with the aim to build young women’s confidence and provide a platform for their voices to be heard. In a short space we were able to develop a rapport and trust with the girls and with our specialist skills we were able to draw out stories of the reality that young people face. The animation was completed in a less than 5 days and the girls felt on top of the world!
The film launched on November 1st 2016 at the Roots to Shoots event for up and coming animators and film makers, held at the Tin in the Canal Basin, Coventry.
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Catch 22: Young women create their own Animation
In City Final, nine groups led by the Belgrade’s Community & Education team invite audiences on a journey back in time to the days when the building was filled with the hustle and bustle of busy newsrooms.
Drawing on stories covered by the Coventry Evening Telegraph over the years, a series of short performances will fill multiple floors of the building in a large-scale promenade experience.
As well as reliving headlines from across the decades, the show also offers audiences the chance to explore the building itself for one last time before a major redevelopment sees it transformed into a hotel later in the year.
I can proudly say that Asian youth theatre did a fabulous job over the year to bring the untold stories of the Asian communities to life. Set in the early 80’s we gave our audience a candid experience of biased reporting, how families pass on racist sentiments and the ramifications in to local communities like shops and local people. We are very proud to be part of the journey. There has never been a show on earth like this. I am privileged to have been able to work and direct this piece.
Reena Jaisiah – Belgrade Asian Youth theatre Leader
Ella Dhillion – Belgrade support assistant