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Let’s Learn Together 2

September 2013

Cinemagic worked with 60 teenagers from various parts of Belfast and Lisburn, over a period of six months in 2012, to make a series of short films with the aim of promoting trust and tolerance on a cross community basis. The Let’s Learn Together 2 project was funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Reconciliation Fund, and the films were scripted, produced and edited entirely by the teenagers

Tommy O’Reilly, Community Development Officer At Horn Drive Community Centre

Cinemagic offers opportunities to young people who often would not see the arts and particularly film as something they can get involved in.   This project took our young people from Lenadoon and mixed them with other young people from differing religions and backgrounds.  The great thing about Cinemagic is its belief in young people and its faith and trust in them.  The project helped to bond them into different teams which crossed the sectarian divide and indeed almost a class divide as well.  Within this project there were several different opportunities for people to explore their talents and interests.  Scripting, directing, acting editing and set design were some of the skills developed through the project.

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The teenagers from the different communities had never met before the project but had a shared interest in filmmaking. Under the guidance a director, writer and director of photography, they began to devise the film’s concept and filming schedule in a series of intensive pre-production workshops. The project provided an opportunity for young people to work together in a creative way that helped develop a new skill set in filmmaking and an understanding of each other’s traditions and culture. Through their film-making they also were able to demonstrate their learning and promote the values of tolerance and inclusion to a wider audience. The final films were screened in Odyssey Cinemas Belfast, to an audience of friends, family and members of the participants’ local communities.

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