Neighbourhoods are us. The very essence of society, connecting people by location and daily routine. But what if you’re an outsider and have joined a community quite different from anything you’ve known before? How do you fit in, get accepted and become part of the tapestry of your new “Neighborhood”? This is the experience for thousands of people from minority backgrounds who come to the UK to join us every year. A new film project is attempting to discuss their experience – which is your experience too – and the filmmakers need your help to do it.
“Neighborhoods” is a short film about co-existence. It follows Jonathan, a 15-year-old boy and an amateur drug dealer over the course of the day of his first big job. He is a troubled and shy young man and being part of this gang means the world to him. Jonathan has planned everything but he hasn’t considered his lively neighbors who happen to be around. Matthew, a 5-year-old little boy across the street finds Jonathan’s bag full of drugs and demands to keep them. This is where the trouble begins…
What is it about?
The film is a glimpse of life in a small suburb of London. Through Jonathan’s point of view, we meet two essential characters to the story. Mrs. Maple, a sweet but nosy, old lady who enjoys having an opinion about everyone and Matthew a 5-year-old boy, an only child who is desperate for some company.
An unexpected incident will change the way they look each other and interact.
Nowadays, people are very closed to others minding their own business, without noticing what happens around them. With this film, the makers are trying to make a comment on being self-involved to an extent that you don’t realise what is going on with the people next to you. People who, even if you don’t want to talk to them, can influence you and interfere with your life simply through their presence. The truth is, a person, even those most different to you, can have a big impact on your life. The underlying message is as a society we should be open to people and not make up our minds up depending on initial perceptions – accents, the colour of their skin. See the human underneath first.
The film team is made up of aspiring and talented individuals who all believe this story needs to be told and are all passionatea about telling Jonathan’s story in the best way possible.
In the current post-election, anti-immigration climate in the UK, Amazing Africa@Planetfem thinks this project is the perfect way to highlight how differences can turn us into enemies but if we open our eyes and heart a little wider, those same differences can bring us closer together. We think this message is definitely worth sacrificing a week’s worth of morning coffees for. If you agree, you can donate as little or as much as you want but, get donating through Kickstarter HERE!