Suzanne Cohen Filmmaker and Educator

Camden Summer University Young People’s Film Festival


A yearly screening at the British Museum of short films, animations and documentaries made by 14 – 19 year olds at Camden Summer University organized by Suzanne Cohen.

The film show in 2014 was attended by more than 180 people.
Highlights of the screening included:

• two films made in the style of classic silent films;
• the Museums Virals Project, in which young people with autism designed films to attract other young people to the museum;
• the documentary ‘Young People, Mental Health and the Media’, which was supported by the Time to Change campaign and features an interview with Jane Merkin, executive producer of the BBC3 series ‘Don’t Call me Crazy’.

A group poem written at the Israel/Palestine Study Day, BKY

His fear is the colour

of crushed bluestone

Her fear pulses through her,

imprinted by a mother’s desperation

His fear of insignificance

makes him state defiantly,

‘Respect me! Listen to me!

I am not a worm!’

Her fear keeps her silent,

her throat locked by love –

or the fear of losing it

His fear of Arab hatred of his Jewishness

comes from a common fear of malice,

which the Arabs in turn fear

from well-armed Israelis.

By Bob, Ian, John, Leah, Suzanne

Participatory Film in Action

Free film screening and Q&A with two accomplished filmmakers in the expanding field of participatory documentary.

In Sari Stories, Sue Sudbury collaborates with a group of young women in rural India who have been trained to make videos, allowing the viewer an unprecedented view of life in many Indian villages – a world of child marriage, child labour and domestic abuse. An uplifting and at times humorous film, it tells the story of how these women are using technology to challenge tradition and transform their lives.

Lathe in Sari Stories