Violent gang members or disaffected non-voters: young people are represented as a problem and drain to society. With over 50 lives already lost to violence in the capital – the youngest being 16 – the evening will reflect on the real structural issues facing young people today. From the closure of our youth clubs to our schools becoming more and more like prisons: “What We Have To Say” will screen 4 original works, responding to the real problems that young people face in this city, plus poetry and music from young talent.
“Can You Hear Me Now?” by Angel Isaac is a radio-play about the real-life experiences of the criminal justice system told by young people in West London. Angel Isaac is an 18 year old theatre-maker and director at Prime Presents. She is also an alumna at the Lyric Theatre.
“Surviving School” by Sky Caesar, Georgia Moona-Sam and Dhelia Snoussi. From shame around free school meals, to school exclusion, to racism from teachers, the film explores the issues plaguing the education system from the perspectives of young, BME and working class students. Sky is an 18 year old illustrator, writer and filmmaker from Brixton; Georgia is an 18 year old musician and k-pop enthusiast from Hackney.
“Let Us Learn” by Precious Arabambi follows the stories of young people from Let Us Learn, a campaign group of young migrants who are blocked from accessing student finance because of their immigration status. Precious Arabambi is an 18 year old aspiring filmmaker and campaigner at Let Us Learn.
“Systematic Potential” by Nadir Hedioued is a film about the closure of youth clubs in the North Kensington community.
Peaky is a musician and designer from West London. He has previously been somewhat of a spokesperson for the younger generation during the earliest stages of the Grenfell response.
Lucia Aide is a 16 year old poet and public speaker on a mission to inspire and empower young people. Lucia is founder of SimplestTalks.
AJ King is a 17 year old spoken word artist, model and presenter from Essex.
Sophomooreik is a 20 year old rapper and songwriter from North West London. He will be releasing his debut EP “EASYAS…” later this year.
Asharntay aka BlackSoulss_ is a 17 year old spoken word poet passionate about self-expression.
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In Our Hands is a media initiative that aims to encourage and develop storytelling, media and journalism from working class and underrepresented perspectives.
SimplestTalks is a youth initiative to empower young people, by giving them a platform to showcase their powerful knowledge.