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Making peace films
During the summer holidays, I spent four days filming Iraqi Refugee children in Amman, Jordan.
When I returned back to England, I knew it was going to be fun editing the film but it was also going to be very hard and time consuming work.
Milan Rai and I spent one intensive week editing the film sometimes up to six hours a day.
I had a lot of footage. We managed to make 20 minutes of a rough copy.
I also worked on my own, editing more footage on my laptop.
Whilst I was in Amman interviewing people, there was a lot of background noise and movement; I found it really hard to get people in the room to be silent, therefore it was difficult to edit the interviews.
A few of the young people I interviewed only spoke Arabic, so we used a translator. I found it interesting to work on the volume of different voices.
My first film
I made my first film in 2005; I interviewed people demonstrating at Colombia University, New York.
I think it was easier to edit this film because I did not have a lot of footage, it was half a day's filming and 7 hours of editing. Also, the people I was interviewing were not the victims.
Although I enjoyed making the film in Amman, I found it tougher to edit this film than the previous one I made in New York. It could be because I was interviewing people whose lives were destroyed, and their childhood taken away.
I have been very lucky, I have always got advice and support just when I needed it from Milan Rai.
I hope my film gets a wider audience and it makes a difference to how young people see war.
I also hope it would inspire other young people to know that you do not have to be an adult or a trained professional to go and talk to the young people whose life is torn apart because of the war.
Sonia's film Giving a Voice to Iraqi Children will be premiered in London at 7pm on 15 November at the Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard EC2.
For more information, contact Voices in the Wilderness UK 0845 458 2564 or email Sonia at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Details of how to obtain the DVD will be in December's PN.