As her final Master’s project Sunnah has chosen to look at the power of storytelling andstorytelling practices in a developing country. She secured contacts on the ground, put together a proposal and applied for funding. She was succesful in her funding application and is due to fly out to Livingstone, Zambia in June 2012 to film a short documentary entitled The Power of Stories.
The Power of Stories will be set around the work of the Book Bus charity, a mobile library service that takes books to rural schools with high rates of illiteracy and inspires and encourages children to read through song, dance and play and by setting up library corners and donating books to the schools. The documentary will aim to set the work of the Book Bus in a wider context by looking at the local culture of story telling practice which is predominantly oral. The aim will be to see how different ways of telling stories, be it traditional oral narrations or through the reading of books, shape the identity and experience of people in ways that empower them to create and envisage better futures for themselves.
The direction of the project changed due to a lack of resources and strict time constraints. The final piece looked at sustainable solutions to local problems championed by local people in Livingstone, Zambia.