VIDEO: ‘I Am Bristol’ – a short film about our city


Today we launch a new short film that meditates on our wonderful city, called ‘I Am Bristol’.

Welcome to Bristol, a magical poetical city filled with wonder, excitement and extraordinary difference. Rural, urban, independent, soulful, musical, playful — this is our city. And this is our love letter to that city.

Responding to Mark Cousins’ excellent recent documentary, ‘I Am Belfast’, ‘I Am Bristol’ seeks to explores the people who live here, who move here, who were born here, what inspires us and where we tread.

The film was made by Rife Magazine’s young content creators and a group of young filmmakers. The spoken word piece is written and performed by Ailsa Fineron and Aisha Sanyang-Meek, and the acclaimed documentary maker, Michael Jenkins (8th Sense Media), mentored a group of young filmmakers to capture their Bristol.

Tell us about your Bristol in the comments below. Say it with us, together, unified, as one city… ‘I Am Bristol’.


Written and performed by: Ailsa Fineron, Aisha Sanyang-Meek
Directed and Edited by: Michael Jenkins (8th Sense Media)
Produced by: Roisin Kelly
Music composed by: Molly Perryman
Camera Operator: Myles Hoo, Charles Dunrod
Illustrations: Jasmine Thompson
Special Thanks: Sian Kibbey, Molly Holland, Morgan Bond, Emily Larkin, Ed Waller.
Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund
With thanks to South Bristol and their cabinet programme

Made possible by Film Hub NI with support of the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery.

If you’re looking for things to do in Bristol, look no further than the Rife Guide

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