From Autumn 2020 with schools and youth clubs still not open, LET’S TALK has focused on video production via Zoom and has brought a wide range of people together to discuss issues related to knife crime. Recently dominating the agenda has been a project to build better relations between the Police and the Black community – led by young Black teenagers and a project steered by Elevated Minds. Here is number #8 of ten LET’S TALK video productions, which also features Oxford-educated, British rapper Zuby:
LET’S TALK in 2020 managed five forums before lockdown in late March. These events were reviewed by the panel of professionals who had attended and listened to the young people. Here is the substantial video report for the year:
LET’S TALK 2019 heard from a range of local young people who had powerful, insightful and often just plain, simple things to say to the Panel.
Contentious, problematic, necessary? Stop & Search inflames and divides. In this next short film, members of the LET’S TALK Panel share comments, advice and information alongside observations from students at Harris Academy Peckham.
In summer 2018 on the Brandon Estate in Kennington there were two fatalities. The ripples are not small but a way ahead may exist. This 13 year old sees life clearly.
CTVT has been producing videos for twenty years, including an educational DVD on knife crime in 2005, two pieces of which we publish here below. First, poetry and an optimistic dance.
The arts are a powerful way of responding to important issues, through dance drama photography fine art and poetry. Here is Movement Factory’s inspirational if gritty response … “One Road, Two Paths”.
At a Southwark Council Peace Breakfast one speaker was Yomi Sode, of Peckham, who delivered this poem:
Creative responses to knife crime especially from young people speaking to other young people are important and can be influential. Goose Green Primary School pupils created this dance piece a decade ago. It suggests a way of dealing with rivalry without resorting to violence:
Prisoner M, filmed inside a prison in the Home Counties a few years ago, tells his story of an abused childhood and a life without happiness, cuddles or love. His path was not a good one. Everyone carried knives …
A poem from a serving prisoner, ‘The Big House’:
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