The impact of COVID-19 is all around us. Life as we know it has changed dramatically over the past few months.
The Foam team went boldly where no other film crew has been post covid19 – to the Romford city shopping centre (Mercury), to capture some of the voices of the people – and give those who wouldn’t normally have the opportunity, a chance to have their say. The diverse narratives we felt, were raw and real, we could have never anticipated the youngsters and especially elders, who were surprisingly the first to step up bravely to the camera, to speak about their experiences during Covid19. In fact the elderly were amongst the least afraid to engage freely with the project and talk with us. Perhaps life has taught them something that we’re yet to learn.
The youngsters however, seemed to show that they still had that fire in their bellies, but needed desperately to make sense of their ever changing world.
All in all, It was absolutely great catching up with the community of Romford – what a lovely lot you are.
Many thanks to everyone who took part, and special thanks to The Mercury, (Romford city shopping centre) for the opportunity to host such a worthwhile initiative.
This short video is a collective of just some of the people we interviewed on the day, and we will be uploading more over the next few weeks. And many people are feeling the effects on the way we feel about reintegration back into schools, colleges and employment and it is affecting the way we live and our mental health. FOAM20 recently hosted a weekend pop up film station at the Mercury Shopping Centre in Romford where we invited the general public to have a voice and tell us exactly what they think on the pandemic, how they feel, how it is affecting their lives and the community that they live in … let us know what you think!! All participants featured all signed the relevant copyright documents enabling us to feature in our short documentary.