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January 21st, 2011

The This is Real event

On Friday night we showed This is Real (click the link at the top of this page to view) to an expectant and excited room full of interested parties, including the stars of the film. It was a really good event at MPC (Moving Picture Company) in Soho. We also played a short film showing the reactions of the performers to the piece and the reactions of other young people in our Thursday night youth club – also in the link above.

These films were then followed by an amazing conversation between Abdi (one of the performers) and Shane (the Artist involved in This is Real) about his involvement in the project and what spoken word means to him and lastly a very moving and inspiring performance from Abdi. We really enjoyed the night and the process at the Canaan Project. It has been great to watch the young people shine and to be involved in the professional process of film making and then to share their talents and achievement with our supporters.

We were straight back in to sessions this week. It was great to see one of the older young people come back to the centre having been through, and continuing to go through a tough time, coming to the Canaan Project provision for a chat. This comes with a sense of privilege and responsibility. Brilliant to be part of young peoples journeys toward adulthood.