Teeside

Teesside on Film

I’ve been volunteering with Tees Valley Arts on their Real Tees Valley project, where I’ve been engaging with members of the public and encouraging them to take time out of their day to watch the films made by young people.

The films deal with major issues such as transitioning, mental health issues, fleeing a war zone and just about being young in Teesside. What makes the films so unique is that you hear their voices, rather than how other people might misconceive them, their feelings laid bare.

Sadie” is, for me, the moving film, having gone through darkness myself. For her to be so open about it takes so much courage and with so many people taking their own lives we need to be more open about the challenges people face.

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Displaced by Mohammed Albedai

At age 17, Mohammed captured his own footage of his journey from Damascus to Hartlepool using his smartphone. Now 21, his film highlights the effects of war and destruction on normal families. This ground-breaking film as a personal account of the dangers and horrors of war, the risks of escape and the community he became part of both as during his flight across Europe, and in this Teesside town he has made his home.

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Sadie by Sadie Rogers

19-year-old Sadie from East Cleveland takes us along a journey from poor mental health through recovery, by documenting images of her travels and her music. After taking a downward spiral during her last year at sixth form college, she recounts how traveling on buses gave her the space to rethink her future and helped her decide to continue living and learning on Teesside.

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