About me

Documentary filmmaker | PhD Researcher

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Stills from ‘King for a Day’

Producer/filmmaker using film and digital technology for positive social change. I’ve made documentaries for Channel 4 and Carlton TV and have shown my work on FourDocs, Current TV, The Community Channel, art galleries, conferences, film festival platforms and have toured the length and breadth of Cornwall promoting film in rural settings.

I am co-director of awen productions cic and have over 17 years of professional media experience and rural community participation.

At the heart of my work is to raise under-represented peoples voices through film. I’ve made films on subjects as diverse as rural issues, archive film, local heritage/history, human rights, youth culture, disability, farming, globalisation and the environment.  My practice has developed and evolved to push the boundaries of collaboration and authorship.  I now tend to develop participatory/collaborative projects with communities to explore the film medium, concepts of place and identity and new storytelling models.

Stills from ‘Doorways’

I have worked with a large range of clients producing promos for the private, public and educational sectors and commissions include Cornwall Council, Arts for Health Cornwall & IOS, Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change, English Heritage, The British Council to name but a few.

I am currently running Trengwainton Heritage Project, a 2.5 year collaborative project creating an interactive documentary, creative community workshops,  an app, exhibitions and book.

Stills from ‘From the Dell to the Ocean’

I am passionate about archive film.  For five years I ran an archive film project (The Tre Project) funded by South West Screen / Heritage Lottery and others.  The project reached 35 communities across Cornwall and Isles of Scilly screening and making new films with archive materials.  My interest in collaborative film, creative techniques and ideas around place, identity and culture has further developed into a practice-based PhD.  In 2015 I was awarded one of Exeter’s College of Humanities Graduate School Penryn Doctoral Studentships to develop this work further (2015-18) where my first documentary feature film, “King for a Day” will be produced. www.eprofile.exeter.ac.uk/barbarasanti