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Football Beyond Borders (FBB): Abi: Being Black & 6Teen

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‘Abi: Being Black & 6Teen’ is the second in the series of films directed by Lainey Richardson for the education charity, Football Beyond Borders (FBB) for its ‘Beyond Bars’ spoken word project. At a time when support for the most vulnerable young people in the UK has been seriously lacking, the Beyond Bars campaign brings to life the immense potential young people possess, and how with the right support they can flourish even during such challenging times. The project began with virtual writing workshops, led by professional writers, spoken word artists and creatives, who held sessions on Zoom for more than 60 young people. The participants, ranging in age from 13 to 16, were asked to write personal poems based on their lives in lockdown. Yassin Slimani-Mendez (14) and Abi Simms (16) were chosen as winners, by a panel of judges that included Roma defender Chris Smalling. Yassin & Abi won the chance to have their words turned into films, in which they both star. ‘Yassin: It Really Goes This Deep’ was the first to be released, a hybrid poetry film cum music video in which 13-year-old Yassin portrays life in lockdown. Abi’s cinematic poetry film about her Black experience, was penned the day she found out about the death of George Floyd. An intimate portrait, vibrant, energetic and full of spirit, Being Black & 6Teen contrasts the hardship and beauty of Abi’s life told through a Brit-centric lens. Staged meditative stylised set-ups and archive stills, collectively build meaning and message leaving us on a powerful note of optimism which in light of the recent Lockdown news, casts a positive light on trying times, conveying a message of hope and better days to come.
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WRITTEN & PERFORMED BY: ABI

MANAGING EP: SORCHA SHEPHERD

EP: ELLIE GOODWIN

PRODUCER: TASH BLOOM

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: IVY RICHARDSON / SAMIRA CONTEH

1st AD: YASMIN GODO

1st AC: JAMES HILLS / PETE WADE / BENJY KIRKMAN

2nd AC: WILLIAM CRAFTS

GAFFER: KEIRAN BROWN

SOUND OP: JEREMY BROWN

SPARK: MAX GABBAY

HAIR & MAKEUP: LAURAINE BAILEY

CAMERA CAR: JOSEPH & NATASJA DUDLEY / HENRY WESTRAY

CAMERA HIRE: PANAVISION

GRIP HIRE: FERAL EQUIPMENT

LIGHTING: HIRE PANALUX

Editing

EDITOR: HASANI FRANKE / ART JONES @ WORK

POST: ELECTRIC THEATRE COLLECTIVE

COLOURIST: LUKE MORRISON @ ELECTRIC THEATRE COLLECTIVE

TITLES: ANNA BORUP

SOUND: 750MPH

MUSIC SCORE: GUY WOOD

MUSIC SUPERVISION: ED HOYLAND @ BACCHUS CREATIVE

Photographers: SEAN PRESSLEY / JOEL HONEYWELL / RAY SPEARS / JON HENRY / KIANA BOSMAN / ETTY FIDELE / JESSICA FELICIO / DANIKA MAGDELENA / AMANDLA BARAKA / JUAN VELOZ / JASMINE DURHAL (Model

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