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Aug 2, 2011

Poets and videographers express their Youth Voices

Over the last two weeks over fifteen Belize City youths attended a workshop on documentary storytelling. International filmmakers, The Fantauzzi Brothers, who are here on their annual pilgrimage, trained the youths in various aspects of filmmaking, from narrative development and cinematography to editing. Today, the aspiring filmmakers screened their individual projects. News Five caught up with them at the Mexican Institute.

Amal Jones, Participant

“Supposed to write poetry, get some photos that should go along with it. Today we were just hurry up, we was moving really fast trying to put the photos because we had really crunch time.”

Andrea Polanco

“What is your poem about?”

Amal Jones

Amal Jones

“It’s about to be real, that’s the name of it.”

Andrea Polanco

“You’re the youngest in this workshop right; did you find it any challenging at all?”

Amal Jones

“Umm, sometimes when we were talking about the different angles and ways that we suppose to do to get good photos but after a while when you study and stuff it comes easy.”

Andrea Polanco

“So you considering maybe a career in photography, in videography, or anything like that?”

Amal Jones

“Yeah. Well this is basically just the beginning, we’re just stating. There is always place for improving and I don’t think there is no stopping right now.”

Rajeev Pollard

Rajeev Pollard, Camp Assistant

“I’ve been personally helping them, assisting like an assistant instructor with the kids. Basically teaching them the basics about photography, film, performing and stage presence and not just different aspects of the arts but also developing character and personal identity as well.”

Andrea Polanco

“So I know they’ve been doing individual projects. Do you think you’ve seen pieces of work that can be put out there?”

Rajeev Pollard

“Definitely, definitely, definitely. A lot of the kids umm they have that confidence, some of them they weren’t poets at first or before previous to the workshop but now they feel comfortable doing it. And now the work that they’ve done they didn’t realize that they could do this before the workshop, and so when they realize what they can do now that they want to continue doing it. So, I definitely see potential.”

Andrea Polanco

“Tell me a little about the work that you’ve been working on?”

Rajeev Pollard

“Personally I worked with one of the females that were in the workshop. And she made this poem that for me it umm I personally thought it was a very good poem and I wanted to make a video for it. So basically I shot the video, directed it and edited it.”

The summer camp is the second initiative of its kind carried out by the Global Parish Project, which sponsors Youth Voices.

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