Saturday afternoon saw 10 members from The Factory Youth Zone launch the first screening of the film ‘OurManchester Ourselves’ to commemorate the Manchester bomb in 1996.
Over the last nine months, the young film-makers worked with Production Company First Take to learn how to produce a professional film, the animation and aspects such as green-screening and editing.
They have interviewed witnesses, survivors of the blast, bomb blast victims, journalists, ex police officers, ex IRA and URA Members in Belfast as well as council members including Sir Howard Bernstein and Pat Sheehan, an ex IRA who spent 17 years in prison with Nelson Mandela and was on hunger strikes as well as Sir Richard Lees.
Following the official screening on Saturday at HOME Cinema in Manchester as well as the launch of the official website www.ourmanchesterourselves.co.uk, the film, which dates back to the year 400, will be produced on DVD and will be sent to 31 schools across Manchester as part of an educational resource to give young people an understanding of their own heritage whilst informing them of the bombs impact on their city.
The whole film has been created completely by the young people of The Factory Youth Zone, including; editing, camera work, interviews, and the soundtrack was even produced by a group in the Youth Zone’s music room.
Shannon Parker, an 18 year old member who has been a key part of the project said:
“It was educational and inspiring to learn about the recent history of our country and Northern Ireland. I didn’t know anything about it before. Learning about it in the places that it happened, from the people who lived it, made it real.”
The project has been made possible thanks to £50k from Heritage Lottery Funding as well as project facilitator Open the Door and partner Archive Plus.
You can watch the full documentary below: