Funke Alafiatayo is an international award-winning Filmmaker and Spoken Word Artist who has a passion for visual storytelling; stories that challenge and inspire. In 2018, she co-directed her first narrative short film, Hatima, which was funded as part of Bumble’s inaugural Female Film Force competition and has been featured in film festivals including BAFTA-Qualifying Underwire. In 2019, her short film, P.E.A.C.E. – a Spoken Word, was one of 3 winning films selected for the JCSI Young Creatives Award at the International Emmys in New York. It is the first and only entry from the UK to win this prestigious award.
“Great communication begins with connection” – Oprah Winfrey.
This statement is something I think about often and informs me when I write poetry. When I read the brief of the original competition, to create a film around the theme ‘Stand up for Peace’, I embraced the challenge of conveying a profound message in such a short space of time.
I knew this film was very much for a global audience, and with language being one of our tools of communication, I was keen on incorporating different languages. With the limited time, I opted for the 6 official UN languages: Arabic, Russian, Chinese, French, Spanish and English. I recruited some family and friends who were gracious enough to help me bring my vision to life. I took a risk on the style of film which thankfully paid off.
I hope this film will spark a global conversation about peace but I am also one for keeping things simple. I wholeheartedly believe that the first steps in creating a peaceful world is by being dedicated to effective communication – and that starts in our every day lives.