Doc­u­men­tary on Stanstead Youth Call to Ac­tion

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion Da­mon Cox Stanstead

As we draw near a close on win­ter, much prepa­ra­tion is un­der­way for a busy sum­mer. Since last sum­mer at the Cen­tre des Arts de Stanstead, a group of young peo­ple have been work­ing to­gether on pro­duc­ing a film about grow­ing up in Stanstead.

It has been an ar­du­ous task, as they learn to work with each other, over­come in­hi­bi­tions and grow into storytellers. Now with the Na­tional Film Board as a pro­duc­ing part­ner, their mo­ti­va­tion has grown and they have been work­ing three times more on mak­ing sure they meet their dead­line for the pre­miere at Cin­ema Sous Les Etoiles in July 2013, with an in­spi­ra­tional and in­sight­ful film.

“With­out this, we really wouldn’t have some­thing to do,” is the com­mon re­sponse from most of them dur­ing their in­ter­views. They have learned to look at their lives more con­struc­tively and re­al­ize that it is pos­si­ble to make a dif­fer­ence through ac­tion.

The group has grown from five to eight par­tic­i­pants, and they are still con­duct­ing in­ter­views want­ing to find a broad range of in­sight from their peers in both French and English. Film­ing will be con­tin­u­ing un­til the third week of May. The group is dili­gently work­ing on de­vel­op­ing their story, which has con­tin­ued to shape with each new in­ter­view. This film has be­come a call to ac­tion for the young peo­ple in the com­mu­nity who feel that their voice is not heard, to have a chance to share their story and be a part of a project that has gar­nered much sup­port from the re­gion and more. Most of the in­ter­views are be­ing con­ducted in evenings and on week­ends, and gener- ally run any­where be­tween 15 min­utes to an hour. As ex­pected there have been some very con­struc­tive in­put from the young peo­ple in the com­mu­nity about topics rang­ing from the stan­dard of ed­u­ca­tion and so­cial sta­tus to com­mu­nity mo­rale.

Any per­son want­ing to share their per­spec­tive about their life in Stanstead is wel­come to get in touch with Da­mon Cox (Pro­ducer) at in­stead­cin­ema@gmail.com or 819 704 0777.

Photo Eve-marie Fortier

Natasha Sisco-Warner and Sean War­ren in the photo help­ing prep the cam­era for a shot.

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