We screened the New Young Peers Scotlands’ films on 27th February at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow City Centre. Our film project is now offically completed. GOMA set up a cinema for us in their beautiful Learning Studio to launch our films. And we entertained attendees with tea, coffee and homemade lemon cake.
We had a full house! Almost 80 people responded to our launch invitation – totally exceeding all our expectations. The New Young Peers brought their friends, teachers and social workers. And there were representatives from a wide range of Scottish young people and refugee support organisations: The Scottish Refugee Council, Refuweeges, The Youth Community Support Agency, Aberlour Children’s Charity, The Mungo Foundation and British Red Cross (just to name a few). Thank you all for celebrating with us.
The New Young Peers decided to screen some of their short ‘rehearsal’ films (made during the project), before their final film for newly arrived young people. They showed their music video ‘Happy’ for Pharell William’s highly danceable song. And screened two of their chocolate stand-off films, modelled on Sergio Leone’s famous stand-off scene in ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’.
We are proud 🙂
The audience swayed to the ‘Happy’ video and giggled at the well-timed comedic ‘chocolate stand-off’ scenes. The rehearsal films acted as the perfect warm-up for the main film. In the 10-minute ‘Scotland, Our New Home’ film, the New Young Peers Scotland (all New Young Scots) share their stories and give advice to newly arrived young people.
There was applause and audience comments. Some of the attendees had tears in their eyes. They said the films were ‘beautiful’ – ‘inspiring and lyrical’ – ‘brave and honest’ – ‘human’ and ‘wonderfully accomplished’. The New Young Peers were proud of their achievements. And so were we.
It was an exciting project journey. As project facilitators, we (Simon and Katja) are proud of having been able to support young people to tell the stories they wanted to tell to other young people – through the medium of film. What do New Young Scots think is important when making a new home in a new country? Just watch their film and listen to what they have to say:
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