Participatory projects, also known as art therapy, use the mediums of photography and film to
affect change within disadvantaged groups. Key aims are to build confidence and provide new
skills, and to create a space wherein participants feel able to express themselves without judgment.
Praxis Community Projects commissioned a participatory filmmaking project with the young refugees and asylum seekers of Brighter Futures. Working with the young people, we created the narratives, visuals and scores for two films for a campaign, The Cost of Waiting. The films were premiered at the Refuge in Films Festival at The BFI Southbank in November 2013.
The theme of a participatory filmmaking workshop delivered in 2014 was 'What Does it Mean to Be A
Girl?'. The students were disadvantaged young girls living in or around Brixton, and the project was
organised by The Baytree Centre, a charity that promotes social inclusion for inner city families.
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