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A poignant animated documentary using the voices of vulnerable young people, commissioned by the UK Social Services.

'Why I had an FGC' is a fully animated documentary commissioned by the UK Social Services featuring the voices of vulnerable young people who have been neglected or who are in danger of offending. The film explores how they benefited from Family Group Conferencing, a collaborative process based on Maori tradition in which families, social workers and members of the community come together to make a plan to improve a young person’s situation.

Character animation was used to protect the identities of the interviewees – young people who had benefited from having an FGC while engaging the target audience. The documentary also features a short drama about a young person who decides to have an FGC and manages to get his life back on track.

Suzanne made the film in collaboration with BSC Computer Animation and Music Technology students at London Metropolitan University where she works as Digital Media lecturer. A DVD of the film will be given to young people who are being referred to the service in Camden and is available to be purchased by other councils.

Film Credits

Directors: Suzanne Cohen

Producers: Sophika Houck

Editing: Suzanne Cohen

Sound: Max Stellato

Music: Max Stellato

Production Company: Suzanne Cohen Films


Orginal Title: Why I had an FGC

UK Classification: None

Subtitles: No

Voiceover: Yes


Length: 7 min

Colour: Yes

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