Michele Aaron, Film & Television Studies
SAVI - or Social Action Video Initiative for long - began life in 2013 with a double 'S' and was focused on working with schools in Birmingham. After a hiatus and thanks to Connecting Cultures funding I was able to bring it back to life this special, City of Culture, year. With the ups and downs of the pandemic, this was not a time for easy extra-curricula collaboration with schools, so instead I partnered with Coventry's wonderful secondary mental health service, the Pod. My work as an academic, in terms of research but also the public engagement and impact activities integral to it, centres on the potential of film to affect personal, social or political change. This project - and I have run similar ones for university students in Palestine in 2016 & 2017 - is all about young people harnessing the power of digital, and short-form, film to tell their own social justice-oriented tales.
Four really interesting films were produced on a variety of subjects of local, national and global concern. These were showcased as part of Screening Rights Film Festival 2021 at a special event taking place at Fargo Village on November 26th. They will also be shared at other venues in the next year. If you'd like to watch them, they'll soon be available on the festival's YouTube channel.