We celebrate here the achievements of the young filmmakers who participated in phase 1 of our Hackney Roots project. On Friday May 2nd 2014, over two hundred young people from JCoSS in Barnet and King Solomon in Redbridge came to the Hackney Picturehouse to see for themselves how Jewish Hackney and the East End has been represented on film in decades past.
The winner and runner-up of the filmmaking competition were announced as well as those who were highly commended:
Hannah Kieve – JCoSS
Jacob Freedland – JCoSS
Razaq Bashorun, Daniel Kidner and Saul Levene – King Solomon High School
Joel Carstairs, Saul Freedman, Jamie Pannick and Jacob Schapira – King Solomon High School
Jamie Liddle and Akshay Patel – King Solomon High School
To contextualise the young people’s films, the audience was treated to a screening of Robert Vas’s classic documentary The Vanishing Street about Hessel Street; the short comedy drama The 10th Man set in Sandy Row synagogue; and a personal account of The Battle of Cable Street. After the screening there was discussion about representation of the Jewish East End with competition judge and filmmaker Jes Benstock and Lord Maurice Glasman.
This compilation film gives a flavour of the winning entries which can be watched in their entirety here.
Hackney Roots filmmaking competition 2014
The individual winning films reflect young people’s personal perspective on Jewish life in Hackney and the East End:
Winner: Hannah Kieve – JCoSS
Runner Up: Jacob Freedland – JCoSS
Highly Commended: Razaq Bashorun, Daniel Kidner and Saul Levene – King Solomon High School
Highly Commended: Joel Carstairs, Saul Freedman, Jamie Pannick and Jacob Schapira – King Solomon High School
Highly Commended: Jamie Liddle and Akshay Patel – King Solomon High School