BBC Fresh Profile: Creating Hackney as Home

Luke Dickens from Creating Hackney as Home, which submitted five films to BBC Fresh by first-time filmmakers, explains the project.

The Creating Hackney as Home project uses participatory video production to explore how young people experience a sense of home and belonging in the London Borough of Hackney. Our project's five peer researchers spent the summer of 2013 creating short films that reflected on different aspects of how we belong to the place where we have grown up, and explored how we each understand Hackney as our home.

As a team, we are interested in ideas about home and belonging because they are important to everybody in one way or another. We think of home as being about the physical places where we live and know well, but also in terms of the relationships we form in such places and the feelings we attach to them.

We think that when all around is changing, particularly in cities like London where we all live, the everyday challenges we face in trying to maintain our sense of familiarity, stability and belonging is something that we can all relate to. Our motivation to produce the collection of films was a desire to place young people’s perspectives at the heart of these debates about urban change, cultural diversity and social inequality.

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