Hodari on being a first time filmmaker

Hodari, from Hull | Best Documentary Winner 'Miracle Life', Into Film Awards 2017

'Miracle Life' - Best Documentary Winner, Into Film Awards 2017
'Miracle Life' - Best Documentary Winner, Into Film Awards 2017

This was my first time doing filmmaking. I learnt how to use lots of cool equipment and how to edit. We also learnt how to work as a team and communicate.

We filmed around Hull and told our stories about our journeys to the UK and our lives before that. We also wrote and performed the song which we used in the film. It was fun talking about the English weather, the streets and zebra crossings. It felt good to tell people what we've been through. It was also hard sometimes, as some of the stories were very sad.

Telling my story was the main thing for me. We are people like you, and this showed a side people don't get to see.

Hodari, Into Film Award Winning Filmmaker of 'Miracle Life'

The whole process was good, I made new friends and became closer with others. Telling my story was the main thing for me; you see bad stuff about refugees and asylum seekers in the newspapers, but we are people like you, and this showed a side people don't get to see.

The Into Film Awards was amazing - what a day! It was my first time in London - we came by train and were given VIP treatment. It was great to win the award and a real honour to meet the guy who plays James Bond face to face - usually I watch him on TV!

Miracle Life

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