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Jun 16, 2011

Global Parish’s summer youth story telling program

Nyasha Laing

The Global Parish group has been developing the talent of teenagers and adults with its Youth Voices project. Another component of the Global Parish initiative is about to be launched to coincide with the summer break. The group is launching a documentary story telling program.  According to the project director, amongst the lecturers will be experienced filmmakers, who will be assisting the participants to make their own documentary style movie.

Nyasha Laing, Founder, Global Parish
“We’re expanding youth because you know we have the youth voices program which is primarily for young people—ages fourteen to twenty-four. We are doing two different modules for that same age group and for also older youth up to twenty-nine. What it entails; we are combining what we are already doing with youth voices in terms of creative expression workshops, writing with documentary storytelling as far as cinematography and filmmaking. So we are bringing in some people from overseas as well as working with local instructors to put that all together starting July eleventh.”

Jose Sanchez

“What names do we have on the lineup?”

Nyasha Laing

“Just confirmed, we have Nigel Encalada from NICH who is really versed in Belizean Folklore and history so we are starting with a workshop on identity building for youth and so we are going to include a lot of different things.  There are going to be some surprises there; some surprise guest lecturers as well. And then we’ll move into the documentary storytelling later that week. We have Kahlil and Eli Fantauzzi—the Fantauzzi Brothers—there are pretty well known from their participation in the summer arts institute at NICH last summer. They are coming in again and they will be here for two weeks. It’s a really interactive, inter-disciplinary summer that we are looking forward to with the youth. There is something there for all youth; all young people—whether you are interested in spoken word, writing, just expressing yourself or your interested in actually telling your story which is really what we are hoping will come out of this summer. We’re working with two experienced professional filmmakers. We are hoping that by the end of the summer we got some really rich stories to present to the community. So we are looking forward to starting registration in the last week of June and we hope that any interested youth will get in touch with us.”

The story telling program starts on July eleventh.

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