I Remember is a short film created by artists Andy Field and Beckie Darlington in collaboration with children at Norwich Primary Academy in Norfolk.
We worked with a group of 40 children over the course of a week - first exploring their ideas about what the future might look like and then thinking together about memory, what it is we remember most, how we remember it and what things are lost to us in time. Then over two days we conducted interviews with all the children, asking them to imagine themselves looking back on the tumultuous years of 2020 and 2021 from the safe distance of many years in the future.
In doing so we hope to offer a safe space in which to begin reflecting on the traumatic experience of the last two years, to place it into the context of the lives they hope to lead and the changes they think will happen in the world. In fake moustaches and grey wigs, they told us stories about the pandemic, about the experience of growing old, and offered their advice to the children of the future.
Conceived, shot and edited by Andy Field & Beckie Darlington
Music by Tom Parkinson
Commissioned by Norfolk & Norwich Festival
With thanks to Sarah Witcomb, Heather Denny and all the staff and students of Norwich Primary Academy.