Artist Bursary – ROOTS

Photo credit: Felix Schmilinsky

The panel of Board and Youth Board members awarded Associate Artist and former Phakama Participant Hussina Raja the Artist Bursary to work on her short film, ROOTS, which had its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival 2019.

 “I’ve had the opportunity through this seed funding to try something new and I still can’t believe the outcome. It’s such a brilliant scheme, it’s opened me up to whole other medium, but more importantly, by selecting me as the bursary recipient for 2019, Phakama believed in my project and that belief has taken me very far from where I was a year ago” – Hussina Raja

During her research for the project Hussina ran sessions with community members from Tower Hamlets, including a session with a group of sixth form students, to record their views on heritage and migration. These sessions inspired Hussina to create a second film, a documentary called Londoners, which is currently in production – ‘London, a melting pot, a hub of 9 million people living amongst one another. We hear the voices of the diverse population that makes London the most unique and international city in the world. But what actually makes a Londoner?’