Community Film-making in Portsmouth

I Am Only Human After All:                                                                                                                                       Portsmouth Film Society (PFS) is using film to help break down social barriers and unite diverse cultures.  In partnership with Urbond, an organisation standing for a cohesive city, PFS is creating a documentary featuring several vulnerable individuals who will tell their story and reflect on their experiences in Portsmouth, both good and bad.

A variety of short films and documentaries will be produced with people who have been neglected in our community.  The project called I Am Only Human After All will premiere at a red carpet event in 2018 and be available on YouTube.  The individuals are being referred by the Salvation Army, Recovery Café and Empowering2change, organisations who support our vulnerable citizens struggling with issues such as homelessness, substance misuse, young care issues, people in recovery, youth with diabetes, and multiculturalism.

The project is being coordinated by Aysegul Epengin, founder of the Portsmouth Film Society and PhD student at the University of Portsmouth.  The short films will be created by Portsmouth Film Society and film study students in cooperation with the University of Portsmouth, Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, the primary supporter of the Portsmouth Film Society’s weekly screenings.

PFS has run similar courses in the past and we are delighted to receive the Awards For All, Big Lottery, which is making this project possible.  PFS’s chair Cecelia Young said: “At the end of the project, we hope the people involved will gain a sense of achievement in making the film, be more confident, be more reflective in public, gain a feeling of being accepted and being clearly human. “

Portsmouth Film Society (PFS) is a member of the British Film Institute (BFI) and Cinema For All (British Film Societies Federation).

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