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Nour Hassaine

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YOURSELF?

My name is Benjamin but most people know of me by the alias “D’Benj”.

I am 23 and from South London.

PRACTICE?

One of which was still photography for LAMBB: Future First - https://lookatmyblackbeauty.com . This short film is an artistic interpretation of a black girl’s response to cornrows being renamed as ‘boxer braids’. The anchor point of the film is cultural appropriation but it expands much wider than that - it isn’t about taking a stance as a victim, it is about reclaiming their place as black women and not being afraid to take up space.

I just released my first directorial piece called: ‘LAID BARE’ which is a conceptual dance piece choreographed by Emmannuella Owusu-Ansah. It displays the struggles of life when under attack from all angles. Whether it be depression, loss of life or lack of faith, there is always a light at the end.

You can watch both of these via the following links:

https://youtu.be/8SZW3Ssud0E - LAID BARE: The Short Film

See below -  LAMBB: Future First - The Short Film

DREAM COLLABORATION?

I have to split this into two answers ha!

One dream would have to be with Mr OFF-WHITE - Virgil Abloh. I love how he has made his methods of operation personal to himself. His work and reputation is on levels that I aspire to reach and hopefully pass one day.

The second would be with Kevin Hart. His work ethic and content are things that continually inspire me to do more. Ideally, I would love to work on a sitcom with him; We’d blow ‘Friends’ right out of the water!

LONDON?

I believe that the London creative scene has a lot of potential. However, there seems to be a habit of repeating the same ideas in the industry. New methods of approach aren’t looked into enough and a lot of the time, a person’s clout brings them more opportunities rather than their actual talent.

I think we need to take more advice from our American counterparts and collaborate more so that new ideas can come to light!

SSSHAKE?

I’m expecting SSSHAKE to provide more opportunities to work with new talent and skills. I hope it can bring me connections that I would have never been able to reach beforehand. I expect the app to be quick and easy to use and have an endless database of creative talent.


YOURSELF?

My name is Benjamin but most people know of me by the alias “D’Benj”.

I am 23 and from South London.

PRACTICE?

One of which was still photography for LAMBB: Future First - https://lookatmyblackbeauty.com . This short film is an artistic interpretation of a black girl’s response to cornrows being renamed as ‘boxer braids’. The anchor point of the film is cultural appropriation but it expands much wider than that - it isn’t about taking a stance as a victim, it is about reclaiming their place as black women and not being afraid to take up space.

I just released my first directorial piece called: ‘LAID BARE’ which is a conceptual dance piece choreographed by Emmannuella Owusu-Ansah. It displays the struggles of life when under attack from all angles. Whether it be depression, loss of life or lack of faith, there is always a light at the end.

You can watch both of these via the following links:

https://youtu.be/8SZW3Ssud0E - LAID BARE: The Short Film

See below -  LAMBB: Future First - The Short Film

DREAM COLLABORATION?

I have to split this into two answers ha!

One dream would have to be with Mr OFF-WHITE - Virgil Abloh. I love how he has made his methods of operation personal to himself. His work and reputation is on levels that I aspire to reach and hopefully pass one day.

The second would be with Kevin Hart. His work ethic and content are things that continually inspire me to do more. Ideally, I would love to work on a sitcom with him; We’d blow ‘Friends’ right out of the water!

LONDON?

I believe that the London creative scene has a lot of potential. However, there seems to be a habit of repeating the same ideas in the industry. New methods of approach aren’t looked into enough and a lot of the time, a person’s clout brings them more opportunities rather than their actual talent.

I think we need to take more advice from our American counterparts and collaborate more so that new ideas can come to light!

SSSHAKE?

I’m expecting SSSHAKE to provide more opportunities to work with new talent and skills. I hope it can bring me connections that I would have never been able to reach beforehand. I expect the app to be quick and easy to use and have an endless database of creative talent.

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