IN NOVEMBER, CHURCH ACTION ON POVERTY'S 2021 CALENDAR STORY FEATURES FILM-MAKER
* How do we recognise and uphold the dignity, agency, and power of people in
* How do we ensure people with first-hand insights are heard and heeded?
* How do we bring together all our myriad experiences, skills and resolve, to
break free from poverty and build a more compassionate society?
Throughout this year, to help answer some of those questions, we are sharing the
stories behind the photos in the calendar that was distributed to our supporters
in January. Each month, we focus on one inspirational partner that we are proud
to stand alongside in the movement to end poverty. This month, we hear from
FILM IS A POWERFUL WAY OF ACCELERATING AND EFFECTING SOCIAL CHANGE
Like other artistic forms of storytelling, it can shine a spotlight on unjust
systems, and make a compelling and memorable case for change. One person who
knows that well is Brody Salmon, a film-maker in North West England who has
highlighted many of the social issues in his communities.
NEW STORYTELLERS FROM FORGOTTEN AREAS
Church Action on Poverty as worked with Brody twice in recent years, supporting
his work on the Edgelands film and then again on the Same Boat? film in 2020, during the pandemic. Edgelands was made by the young people involved in the Darwen Gets Hangry campaign, and
explores the reality of poverty, hunger and welfare on forgotten estates. Same Boat? was written by Ellis Howard and directed by Brody. It was made as a result of
creative workshops run by Church Action on Poverty during summer 2020, and
launched during the first Challenge Poverty Week England and Wales.
“Working with Church Action on Poverty over the years has been both challenging
and rewarding as a film-maker. Challenging because of the reality faced by so
many in this country, but rewarding because of the effects that we have seen our
“From raising funds to generally raising awareness, it’s a privilege to have
been a small part of Church Action on Poverty's journey so far. By shooting my
films on location, and with improvised dialogue from street cast actors, we have
worked hard together to ensure our approach is always both accessible and
Read Brody's story and watch the films at
Church Action on Poverty
28 Sandpiper Court, Water's Edge Business Park, Modwen Road, Salford M5 3EZ
0161 872 9294
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England and Wales, number 3780243.
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