The Octavia Foundation is a charity based in Ladbroke Grove which supports local people through innovative projects which have a positive impact on individuals and communities. Our youth work focuses on young people’s creativity, energy and talent, and has resulted in award-winning, broadcast-quality multimedia projects.
The project was supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) following the award winning youth-led film Grove Roots.
What is “Hidden Herstories”?
“Hidden Herstories” incorporates four short documentaries into one film, charting the journey of four women who changed society as we know it:
Octavia Hill‐social housing pioneer, environmental campaigner
Amy Ashwood Garvey‐Pan Africanist, first wife of Marcus Garvey
Claudia Jones ‐ “Mother” of the Notting Hill Carnival
Jayaben Desai ‐ leader of the great Grunwick Strike
With contributions from local film-makers, musicians and artists including singer Ms Dynamite, MC Akala, director of “Bend it like Beckham” Gurinder Chadha, musician Don Letts, MP Karen Buck, and political experts from as far a field as Guyana, the film spans three continents in a quest to uncover the histories of four pioneering women.
The Octavia Foundation worked with partners HISTORYtalk, Black Cultural Archives’, Mendez Media, BlackNine Films, St Charles College and the Institute of Race Relations to deliver the project.
We retained the Grove Roots film participants and recruited more young people from the community, including filmmakers from Action Disability Kensington & Chelsea (ADKC), to total 20 young film-makers.
Building on the successful screening tour of Grove Roots, the Hidden Herstories screening tour will benefit from our growing working relationships with local theatres, cinemas, schools, FE/HE institutions and community organisations. The screening tour is perhaps one of the most important parts of the project as it is when the filmmakers present their work to the public, developing their public speaking skills and general self-confidence.
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