Hope believes in the power of various arts and media to drive change and to offer opportunities to marginalised people and communities, including film.

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This can include commercial or dramatic cinema which covers themes close to Hope. We draw attention to any such new releases and older works which are worth viewing.

But we also care about the power of documentary film to drive, showcase and energise change.

There are some fantastic examples on such sites as: https://www2.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/features/four-documentaries-activism-britain-1970s-80s

or https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b021n3x1

We ourselves worked with Northampton Filmhouse to show one brilliant example, Paul Sng’s Dispossession

But as this article argues, it is really important that people with lived experience take a role in creating film that documents their lives: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/jun/25/lets-hear-about-poverty-from-poor-people-northern-soul

We think there is a need to put cameras in the hands of people and communities with their own stories to tell: of living on the margins and the community projects that support them. And to showcase and share the work of others who have done so in other areas.

Hope is exploring how we could create and stimulate a culture of short documentary filmmaking in Northampton, capturing the lives and experiences of those whose stories are rarely or badly told by mainstream media. We are interested in hearing from anyone, including filmmakers with an interest in supporting such a project with their expertise. People with ideas for projects. Community visionaries, lend us your cameras!

Contact Hope via office@northamptonhopecentre.org.uk