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Jan 20, 2012

Youth Voices Video Documentary and Park Poetry

Nyasha Laing

The youths are the future even though 2011 took many of them in bouts of violence. But why wait until they become adults to listen to their ideas? The Global Parish Project’s Youth Voices campaign has provided opportunity for the creativity of youths who are interested in poetry and videography. On Saturday at the Battlefield Park in Belize City, Youth Voices there will be music, entertainment and the spoken word. When darkness falls, the youths will show a video documentary that they recently completed.

Nyasha Laing, Executive Director, Global Parish Project

“Saturday we’re having an open mic and film screening in Battlefield Park. Actually it is not really an open mic, it is a spoken word presentation opened to the Youth Voices. So we have a number of presentations by the young people—some of whom were actually on Open Your Eyes the other day presenting their poetry. But really the highlight is the film screening which is a short film called I am Alive and we wanted to showcase their work. We wanted to show people what they are capable of because this film we presented the opportunity to make a film to the youth and they took it on. The film kinda highlights issues facing youth on the South Side of Belize City and these are the core youth who have been a part of the Youth Voices Program from the beginning in 2010 and that is about ten youth and they are all from Belize City and most of them are from the south side.”

Jose Sanchez

“So this is an uplifting documentary on youths?”

Nyasha Laing

“It is an uplifting documentary. It is also a serious take on the problems facing young people in Belize City south side including crime, problems in education, the challenges that they face in employment. It is not really a close look—it is a short documentary—but it shows their views and perspectives on these issues. The film shows what’s possible if agencies partner with youth to tell the story of our youth and to advocate for change through film. And so we really are invited all the agencies who are interested in youth issues, interested in crime to see how we can use film to change people’s views and to have dialogue about what is going on in our city.”

The Battlefield Park event starts at five p.m.

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