Monday, 4 March 2013

My First Documentary!

I am so beyond excited to finally be able to share with you my very first documentary!! I just got the 'ok' to officially make the video public and I already have a request from Families in Global Transition (FIGT) to show it at an upcoming conference. It's really exciting to be able to share this incredible resource with others.

Rewind to last year. It was at the ECIS conference in Portugal that I saw Laura Cowan's TCK Documentary made with students at the Shanghai American School. Hearing the voices of Laura's students was so powerful. I knew immediately that I wanted to make my own documentary.

As soon as I got back to London I started filming my students. I decided to interview students that were preparing to move on to new schools. Helping to create the video was something special that they were able to leave behind. They knew that their advice and voices would be heard by many children and people all over the world! Students were so excited to share their feelings on being a TCK. They had so much to say about the benefits and challenges of being a TCK. Students were able to offer advice to other TCK's like them and to parents and educators on ways to best support them through their transitions and developing identities.

So, basically I was able to get lots of incredible footage, it was the editing that I needed help with. That's where Jennifer Margain Salvador comes into the picture. Jennifer is a good friend of mine and she recently graduated from film school in London. She had some time on her hands and offered to edit my documentary. Jennifer spent a lot of time getting this video just right. She is so talented and passionate about her work, I can't wait to see more videos that she makes in the future. I couldn't have done this without her help.

I don't need to say much more, the kids cover it all! When you have 10 minutes take a look at how amazing the kids that I get to work with every single day are. This video will help you to understand why I love my job so much. My students are incredible. Enjoy my TCK Documentary and be sure to let me know what you think!

Just click on the link below:
TCK Documentary


  1. I finally got a chance to watch your documentary and LOVED it! I'm trying to think of a way to share it with my students in Vermont... their words are inspiring! Great work on the video. I'm behind on reading the blogs I subscribe to (and WAY behind on blogging myself), but just got to read a few of your most recent posts and really love what you are doing! I will be referring back to your blog as a resource, I'm sure!

  2. Hi Lauren! I really enjoyed watching your documentary. It is great and inspiring! Thank you!