Europe, The Netherlands, Amsterdam
Art discipline: Film
Participated in ICAF in: 2005, 2011

AllAboutUs FilmFactory puts camera in their hands of young people and coaches them as they make their first documentary. They then produce personal and original films about their local surroundings and culture - with none of those lip-licking blonde babes who seemingly represent the spirit of youth TV nowadays. AllAboutUs FilmFactory wants to be the antithesis at the media culture dominated by commerce and manipulation. It wants to spark young people into make TV their own, to claim it for themselves and use it for an audience made up of people like themselves.
AllAboutUs founder Anna Spohr has been making documentaries with young people for more than a decade. She is currently writing a book about her methodology. One component of this methodology is that as part of each new project, she ensures that young people involved in the previous project are involved as peer educators or mediators. This method has been successfully put to the test a number of times, like for ‘Whuzzup goes Bronx' in which young Dutch people from the Bronx helped them to make films, or ‘Flotsam', where Dutch young people supported their peers.


© Photo: Mireille van der Plas