top. - Tabs Breese & Paddy by Emma Barnaby

"Our film rejects the hackneyed idea that 'women could do anything if only society allowed them to.' Instead, we're focusing, through a series of conversations, on some of the many women who are already doing so. On the one hand, Anita, Glenda, Annie, Susie, Angela, Martha and Jane are women who have jobs that have been traditionally occupied by men. On the other, they are seven professionals who are at the top of their game where the subject of gender, when raised at all, is viewed reluctantly. We feel that much of the media's renewed interested in feminism over the past year has been pessimistic, so we wanted to make a celebratory and positive film in response."

Wax Saliva - Hector Alexander & Luke Farley by Emma Barnaby

"Wax Saliva follows the journey of South London poet Hector across the city as he contemplates the nature of modern society, examining the inequalities and injustices that we and others face as well as analysing what roles we have to play in that society. The aim of this film is to highlight the discourses surrounding issues such as gender, race, single identity politics, economics, immigration, authoritarianism, terror and globalisation. The words of poet Hector are used to demonstrate the need for greater participation in politics and activism, to expose inequalities and failings of our society and to showcase those involved in real efforts to enact change."

Ὀδυσσεύς - Ianula Petrenko by Emma Barnaby

"Odýsseia. The journey of Odysseus as an allegory to search for the meaning of life. The searching for the meaning of life exaggerated to one day of life of one person while showing sin and redemption. One by one, lesson by lesson. 

First and foremost i'd like to say that I haven't planned it. I wanted to create a film - allegory to Homer's Odyssey trough the point of view of one girl, therefore I asked my friend Alice to act and we started filming. Few weeks after I found myself being an onlooker of her own small drama. Her relationships with boyfriend suddenly became more interesting for me. Today, when I was finishing editing, I realized that nothing but small camera could be better for making documentaries. I am glad I changed the main theme of my story also because it more appears to the main theme of the brief. Small tragedies-that's what interest me in society more than anything else.

"Ὀδυσσεύς" is a one day in the life of one girl. Dream, than waking up, despute with the boyfriend, after - an attempt to forget that scene. After all - the inevitability of return. Small drama, which happens to everyone, however it's almost unseen. That is what her dream (which opens the film) telling us about."

PresentTense - MESSCC Zanzibar by Emma Barnaby

"The Matemwe English Speaking Students Cinema Club was set up independently in June 2014, to help to try to tackle the overwhelming fail rate of students attempting to pass their final Form 4 exams by immersing Form 3 students in film - both watching and making. In a makeshift cinema, the club invited its students to watch a variety of films of all genres, and introduced the use of smart phone technology for capturing the world around them. Having heard about the Eye Want Change competition, the club conducted a series of workshops and brainstorming sessions with the students, where they discussed and pinpointed the key issues at the heart of their generation and their community. It was unanimously decided that this, of course, was language, and education, and the failure of being taught in a language which they - and their teachers - did not understand. The aim of this film was primarily to aid the students with their English in order for them to have a better chance at passing their exams, but also to articulate the systemic problem that they are faced with, and to give them the confidence to know that they have the ability to tackle both." 

Roots - Aisha Pegley by Emma Barnaby

"Race: to give a platform to young people from ethnic minorities who identify as British, to discuss their heritage/how they approach the question 'Where are you from?'"

Monitor - Ross Lindgren & Finlay Craig by Emma Barnaby

"This film's Area of interest is technological alienation and surveillance. In the city we are surrounded by screens that we gaze into wherever we go, but we rarely stop to think how this is affecting our lives and mental state. This piece aims to evoke the feelings of claustrophobic anxiety inherent in a society dependent on technology that has been integrated into every facet of urban existence."

Born Into Blackness - Samantha Sivapragasam by Emma Barnaby

"I wrote this poem to reflect on my experiences of being black and mixed race in Britain. My blackness has always been put into question by myself and others. Being mixed but having dark skin and kinky hair has put me in situations where others tell me what I am. I am torn between these identities. Another aspect of the film and poem is the complexity of interracial relationships, one of which I am a product of. The question of whether the race of someone you're romantically involved in matters or what implications their race might have. The poem and film I hope illustrate the nuances of race and love and identity."