Sunday, June 28th, 2020

Rise London : Saam Farahmand’s stunning video highlights youth homelessness during lockdown


It’s so easy to forget that while we are at home bitching about sheer inconvenience of the COVID Lockdown , there are others also going through it too BUT without the luxury of  actually having a home where they can sit the pandemic out.

Some homeless youth in London may be lucky enough to get  support and even a temporary roof over their head thanks to Centrepoint—a charity working to end youth homelessness in the UK.  But nit everyone.   It is estimated that there are some 8000 homeless in London (and almost 600K in the US).  What is even scarier is the fact that LGBTQ youth disproportionately experience homelessness .

During COVID lockdown British film and music video director Saam Farahmand has made a stunning  film featuring fifty dancers performing at the intersection of ballet, hip hop, waacking, and break dancing styles to raise awareness for Centrepoint. And he filmed it all whilst social distancing  sitting safely in his car 

Soundtracked by The Prodigy’s hit  “Out Of Space”, each dancer performs a high octane routine on their doorsteps in London during lockdown. Farahmand, came to the project with the idea of documenting problems facing the dance community as a group of freelancers and artists who need their bodies to work. However, after a few conversations with the dancers, he realized the film could be used as an opportunity to highlight the plight of people even more severely affected by Covid-19.

Farahmand said My hope is that the young dancers in other cities will see what we did, respond with their own films, and raise awareness and aid for similarly vulnerable youths in their own locale. Hopefully these efforts can continue to spread and inspire. This is how local efforts can create global change.”

Posted by queerguru  at  14:54



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