Once upon a time in Anderlecht

Teaching kids from the suburbs of Brussels how to use a smartphone to tell their story.
A project by Slash Prod // with the financial support of The Roi Baudoin Fondation (Fonds Alain De Pauw) // with the political support of Angelika Mlinar, member of the European Parliament

Media literacy in the capital of Europe

People share their stories from the suburbs of Brussels using their smartphone
The initiative aimed to allow low-income groups of youngsters to:

  • learn a highly valuable digital skill,

  • be independent in the digital transmission of their point of view,

  • fight the social stigma, which often discriminates people from the suburbs of Brussels, whether it is Anderlecht, Molenbeek, or Saint-Josse. 
The project was among the finalists of the 2017 Visit Brussels Awards (best public initiative).

Angelika Mlinar and Hilde Vautmans, both members of the European Parliament, hosted a public presentation of the project at the Brussels headquarters of the EP in June 2017.

This initiative of social entrepreneurship later evolved in the launch of Smart Videos.
2017 Visit Brussels Awards – best public initiative (nominee)


The 1st of the project’s 2 axes was a series of workshop, which were given to 4 groups of kids from the suburbs of Brussels.

The goal was to teach them how to film and edit high quality videos using their smartphones only.
Once upon a time in Anderlecht – full documentary
Duration: 9:59 minutes


The 2nd axe was a series of smartphone-video interviews with 10 people, who used to live and/or work in Anderlecht.

The goal was to document the history of the neighbourhood through its inhabitants’ point of view.
#01 – Teresa
Duration: 2:14 minutes
#02 – Obêtre
Duration: 5:50 minutes
#08 – the Pajotten kids
Duration: 3:18 minutes
#10 – Jean le pirate
Duration: 4:20 minutes
June 2017 – Public presentation of the initiative at the European Parliament, hosted by Angelika Mlinar and Hilde Vautmans, members of the EP.

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