Filmmaking with the Kurdish Community
Collage Arts has an active relationship with Haringey’s local Kurdish community members. Most recently we invited local people write and star in 10 short films to serve as learning resources for ESOL students.
The story, written by Sulin Hasso, features 3 generations of a family navigating the declining health of their beloved grandmother. The actors, a mix of amateur and professional, worked together to produce a series of brilliant films. Despite a difficulty to communicate - due to varying English language skills and a variety of Kurdish dialect speakers involved, the project was a rewarding entry into the world of acting and film-making.
Windrush Compensation Scheme Infomercials
This is a series of short films providing information on the government-led Windrush Compensation Scheme. The initiative delivers financial compensation to those who suffered losses for not being able to prove their right to live in the UK. We are working with members of the Afro-Caribbean and Commonwealth Country communities, as writers, actors and advisors.
Our films, written by Danielle Elise Moseley, address the miscarriage of justice and explore the psychological experiences of individuals and families who have suffered as a result of the Windrush Scandal. The aim is to encourage those affected, and family members, to claim the recompense they deserve.
Creative Futures was a project launched during the pandemic to offer a constructive and supportive creative environment for women of colour.
Amongst the many artistic projects on offer, Lockdown Monologues was a standout for all. Local amateur writers, dramaturges and actors were paired with a professional of a similar cultural background to create a monologue inspired by personal experiences. Watch this monologue written by Maxine Griffiths and performed by Donna Berlin.