The Global Parish Project Community Film Screening & Summer Documentary Workshop
(Written by the Global Parish Project)
The Global Parish Project hosted a roundtable lunch and community film screening at the Mexican Institute of Culture on July 17, 2012 on Newton Barracks, Belize City, Belize.
The screening event was held to nurture the appreciation of short films in Belize as over 40 guests were joined by a panel of distinguished BIFF 2012 filmmakers including Jury Member Oscar Urrutia Lazo of Mexico. Youths ages 13-22 from the Summer Documentary Filmmaking workshop, sponsored by Global Parish and UNDP, were in attendance. The film screening was sponsored by the Mexican Institute of Culture, Global Parish and the Plural Awards (a partnership of the Alliance of Civilizations and the International Organization of Migration).
The Documentary Storytelling Workshop took place from July 16 – 20, 2012 at the Mexican Institute of Culture and included guest lecturer Steve Berry of Noh Matta Wat fame, enabling youth to develop skills in visual media including staging, writing, photography, videography and editing.
The Global Parish Project, a non-profit organization nurturing the craft and appreciation of documentary storytelling through film and related forms of cultural expression in Belize, administers the Youth Voices program. Youth Voices continues to host its weekly writing workshops every Saturday, 3-5 pm at the Bliss Institute. Youth Voices is a two-year, community arts platform that seeks to contribute to the empowerment and identity building of youth.