How to use participatory filmmaking as a method in social services? To what degree are our personal issues personal and to what degree are they actually common, intergenerational and even global?
Taina Kilpelä and Elina Mäkilä managed a film project under the themes of ethnofiction, generational transmission and experiential learning. The project was a part of the international and multidisciplinary "#NeverAgain - Teaching Transmission of Trauma and Remembrance through Experiential Learning” -project coordinated by Selma Centre at the University of Turku.
The film project gathered together students from various backgrounds to explore their family trees and the burdens and resources transmitted from prior generations.
The end product of the process, Heavy Bags is a collective short film based on personal family backgrounds that have been combined to create two fictional family trees.