Meet My World 2014

 The 600 guests take their seats ready for the films to be shown for the first time.  (Photo: Melissa North)

The 600 guests take their seats ready for the films to be shown for the first time. (Photo: Melissa North)

 There was lots of emotion during the night.  (Photo: Melissa North)

There was lots of emotion during the night. (Photo: Melissa North)

The 6th and 7th of May 2014 will always be remembered as two momentous evenings in Amantani's history. Together, they marked the launch of our much anticipated Meet My World campaign, which featured films written by the children in our Boarding Houses. This year’s theme was culinary traditions from the Andes of Peru, which the children want to share with the world.

 Martin Morales talks the guests through their culinary journey.  (Photo: Melissa North)

Martin Morales talks the guests through their culinary journey. (Photo: Melissa North)

The production took 18 months for the children to research their themes, plan how they were going to share their lesson, learn their script, work out what props they needed as well as who else will feature in their 4 minute film. This was a whole process of research, discovery and perhaps most importantly of all a chance for them to share their perspective, be heard and be proud of their indigenous roots.

The final result is a collection of 12 short films which were by now much anticipated by the 600-strong audience that attended the Millbank Centre for the exclusive viewing. The event completely sold out within a few weeks! The night was filled with emotion and many tears were shed for all sorts of reasons.

 Co-directors of Amantani Chris and Fred were on hand to talk about the Meet My World concept.   (Photo: Melissa North)

Co-directors of Amantani Chris and Fred were on hand to talk about the Meet My World concept.  (Photo: Melissa North)

These films were shot and directed by the incredibly talented Cristina Patino Sheen from Criskcracker films, who worked tirelessly with the Amantani team to help the children turn their scripts and ideas into films more beautiful than they could ever imagine.

Our co-presenters Andina London had a culinary surprise in store for our lucky guests. Each film shown was accompanied by a beautifully put together bite sized interpretation of the food that the child in the film was presenting.

On the night the audience were encouraged to thank the children who created the films with a simple message written on a piece of paper. These messages were subsequently passed back to the children in what was a very special moment indeed!

 We couldn't believe our eyes when we came across thank you photos from Stephen Fry, Michael Palin, Fearne Cotton, Harry Judd, Bill Oddie, Michael Bond, Rob da Bank, Tom Parker-Bowles, Richard Reed just to name a few...

We couldn't believe our eyes when we came across thank you photos from Stephen Fry, Michael Palin, Fearne Cotton, Harry Judd, Bill Oddie, Michael Bond, Rob da Bank, Tom Parker-Bowles, Richard Reed just to name a few...

This completed the circle of reciprocation, helping to build the children’s confidence and enabling them to be proud of their indigenous roots. We were blown away by the response with 'THANK YOU' photos being sent in on social media by hundreds of people who wanted to show their gratitude to their young teachers in the Boarding Houses.

With special thanks to our incredible sponsors:

Our co-presenters: Andina London

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