Hope Behind Bars [Video – 7:18] (2010)

In this video, young men from the Burnaby Youth Custody Centre in British Columbia use hip hop music to help them tell their stories, and share their hopes for the future.

The video is one of two created during a four-day literacy program. In collaboration with filmmakers from the non-profit Reel Youth organization, the young men produced the music beats, wrote the lyrics, and filmed the videos.

One boy explains how his family came to Canada as immigrants with hopes for a better life, while another boy talks about the importance of his Aboriginal culture in his everyday life.

The young men also talk about the offences that put them in custody. However, they also clearly express their readiness to change and to learn from their mistakes.

Throughout the video, the identities of the young men are protected through the use of theatrical masks, shadows, animation, and editing effects.

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Burnaby Youth Custody Centre. Hope Behind Bars [Video – 7:18] 2010. Web. 6 Feb. 2023 <http://en.copian.ca/library/multimedia/decoda/hope.htm>
Burnaby Youth Custody Centre (2010). Hope Behind Bars [Video – 7:18]. Retrieved February 6, 2023, from http://en.copian.ca/library/multimedia/decoda/hope.htm
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