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“from Local to Social” launched Southwark.TV Festival 2024

Here’s our latest film …

Launching our February week-long Festival  of 13 events in 5 days, Peckhamplex cinema in Peckham screened “from Local to Social“. This new documentary celebrates twenty years of working with communities in Southwark. People of all ages took part in or made videos and films.

We thank all those partner groups and schools who chose to work with us and also the recent interviewees who helped give this film a current edge.

“What If?”

This short film, a co-production with Elevated Minds CIC, explores Stop & Search and the perennial request for respect.

Can relationships with the Met Police improve? Beautifully written and narrated by Alessandro Quao, it premiered in Brixton at the Family Summit, an event staged by Elevated Minds in October 2023.

“CHANGE OF THOUGHT”  [cert 12A, 73 mins, 2022]

There’s 3 paths: dead – jail – or a bounty on your head.”

This film features three Southwark boys facing permanent exclusion who then created and delivered training sessions to London’s Met Police recruits.

Here is a trailer. Alternatively watch the film:

Feedback: “It’s a very important film” …“shows what can be changed with the right intervention at the right time” …”Javell made it – there is hope in your film ! :)” … “I did wonder if black kids could do some training exercises for teachers as well as for the police” … “a  well told story!” … “I was encouraged and troubled by all of this” …

This film is the final output of LET’S TALK, CTVT’s 4-year project looking for breakthrough initiatives to confront knife crime and youth violence. We ran Forums in schools and youth clubs from 2019, produced discussion videos during lockdown, and in September 2022 launched “CHANGE OF THOUGHT” at Peckham & Nunhead Free Film Festival.

Voices in the documentary:
Doreen Sinclair-McCollin, CEO of Elevated Minds which aims to create     sustainable change between Black communities and the Police
Javell, Reuben, Emmanuel
Javell’s mother Erveline
Emmanuel’s mother Adama
young people from local schools
barrister Stephen Akinsanya
playground manager Stephney Bent
Sherifa Carr, Passion For Change
Sayce Holmes-Lewis, Mentivity.
 

See also LET’S TALK Video Report 2020.

Community TV Trust [CTVT] offers media training & filmmaking in schools and PRUs and in workshops for the disabled and marginalised. Engaging young people in open-ended creative work, links Community to Education.

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Southwark.TV Report available for download

“An open-minded, fun and accessible community ‘TV’ service, run as a forum for debate, the supply of information and promotion of local initiatives, talent and needs, has a vital role to play in multi-cultural, multi-faith C21st century Britain. Digital/cable TV and new media will be playing their part in urban regeneration and social cohesion.”

Community TV Trust from its launch in 1999 sought ways to innovative in community media. How might engagement be achieved?

Southwark.TV – a ‘horizontal’ community project – ran from a pilot in early 2003 to 2014 when the site was archived. You can find it under the CTVT Projects menu or click HERE to read it. Once you have read the report you can also browse the Southwark.TV website from HERE

It foresaw the rise of social media and online activity, shifting away from mainstream media to portable/mobile devices and citizen journalism.

 

Southwark.TV Festival of Film & Local Media 2024_What Was On

organised by Community TV Trust with Elevated Minds CIC & Michelle Baharier FRSA

12-16 February 2024

for young + old alike … Southwark films & videos … celebrated 20 years of local people speaking out

FESTIVAL THEMES:  

YOUTH | MENTAL HEALTH | COMMUNITY | FILM & LOCAL MEDIA

Monday 12 Feb: 6-8pm LAUNCH Filmfrom Local to Social” [cert 12A, 2023] Q+A followed  VENUE: Peckhamplex cinema, 95A Rye Lane SE15 4ST.

Southwark from 2003

Tuesday 13 Feb: 11-2pm  ASPIRATION: 3 x 60mins* [recorded for podcast, see below] Three approaches to stimulating purpose and self belief in life, with Stephen Akinsanya, Rachel Duncan and others. These events were aimed especially at young people. Presented by Festival partner Elevated Minds CIC.

Tuesday 13 Feb: 12.30-2.30pm LARGACTYL SHUFFLE was led by Festival partner, Michelle Baharier FRSA who reflects on the housing and some of the famous who pass through. It came in a long tradition of Southwark Walks that for mental health sufferers symbolised their journey towards wellbeing and were social too. VENUE for the start: Theatre Peckham

Michelle Baharier muses on the Southwark she passes through

Tuesday 13 Feb: 3-5pm  Two creative interventions Taking Control with key life skills: first was Peer Mediation with Mel Bruce of Calm Mediation:

Peer mediators from Bacon’s College

This was followed by entrepreneur George Osei-Oppong Junior with a presentation on Financial Education. These represent two creative interventions in young lives.

Wed 14 Feb: 11.30-12.30pm “Why the change, be the change!”   Bias comes in many forms: how do we deal with it? Stephen Bourne, the local author of Black British History, joined Doreen Sinclair-McCollin and others. An Elevated Minds event.

Stephen Bourne, British Black History author

Wed 14 Feb:  2pm-3.30pm  Community & f/Faith* [event recorded for podcast]  “In a multicultural society does belief have a role?” A round table discussion with some of Southwark’s leading thinkers was recorded for podcasting. Guests included former Mayor Althea Smith, current local top cop DCS Adjei-Addoh, legendary community activist Eileen Conn (Peckham Vision), two young people from Elevated Minds, retired judge Marcia Levy, former director of Bede House Nick Dunne, and long serving local police officer Nsikan Etuk from Southwark’s Faith & Engagement team.

Thurs 15 Feb:  10-11.30am  Short films for Year 4-6  A mixed bag of funny and challenging films made by young people over the years from 2003.

Films from young and old
Mystery and conflict resolution

Thurs 15 Feb: 2-4pm  Mental Health Forum*    Organised by long time campaigner for Mental Health rights, Michelle Baharier FRSA with guests Dolly Sen and Kym Winstanley. Michelle hung her work at the venue, Theatre Peckham for the Festival and a further three weeks afterwards.

Michelle’s presentation led off
Sue Elsegood
campaigner Baroness Jane Campbell
From Bonkersfest to Theatre Peckham
Kym talks and sings at Theatre Peckham (audio only)

Thurs 15 Feb: 4-6pm  Violence & Mental Health*  With special guest Jonathan Asser about whose therapeutic theory of Shame linking to Violence a film was made in 2013. Asser worked with inmates for 10 years at HMP Wandsworth with positive results but the work was stopped. With Asser on the Q+A panel after a screening of the film were former SVI group member Tola Gisanrin, co-founder and Head of Authenticity at Black Elephant, a social network based on vulnerability, and Andrew Nielsen of Howard League for Penal Reform.

Intro – Screening of SVI film – Discussion/Q+A

Friday 16 Feb: 6-9pm  SOUTHWARK’S GOT TALENT 2024 Closing the Festival week with style and decibels was a talent show for local people with serious aspirations in the performing arts. Event organised by Elevated Minds CIC.

Song, roller skate and hoola hoop

All events were free.

Community TV Trust in partnership with

ELEVATED MINDS CIC

and Michelle Baharier FRSA

BBD3 film

“Belt, Braces & Disability 3”

This film, produced by Troy, Rachel and Daniel, was two years in the making, partly due to the pandemic. It features three remarkable people each of whom has shown that disability can be an inspiring sphere of human life just as it can be difficult, bullied and disadvantaged. Lisa says,

“It’s shocking the standards that disabled people have to put up with and in this day and age, but to be honest it wasn’t that surprising to me, as someone who cares for a person with a disability. I loved the film’s life affirming message.”

One participant, Ralph, said: “it’s a shame we have to fight so hard to get our voices heard.”

It is the third in the “Belt, Braces & Disability” series dating back to 2010&2017. All three largely autobiographical films were directed by Chris Haydon.

This film features
  • former Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson
  • campaigning Baroness Jane Campbell, a legendary fighter for disability rights … both sit in the House of Lords on the Cross Benches
  • former bank manager Mike Newman who was born blind, became a bank manager and now runs a charity for disabled people to try their hand at driving a racing car on a racetrack. He set world land and water speed records in excess of 200mph and 100mph respectively.
It launched on World Disability Day Saturday 3 December 2022.

BROOKWOOD: The Living and The Dead

CTVT’s documentary, produced with Ole Jensen who brought the recent Millwall FC film project, explores the world of minority burial grounds and Victorian foundations of today’s multicultural Britain.

There are powerful stories in this film of migration, sometimes over centuries, of refugees fleeing war, of economic migrants who find they have put down roots and stay, of community, of respect and love.

EMILY WILDING DAVISON

In the second half of 2021 we produced a film about a sculpture project created in Epsom, Surrey. It was to commemorate the suffragette famous for having died under the hooves of the King’s horse in the 1913 Epsom Derby. This was not the full story of a brave and committed campaigner who played a role in changing British society. The sculptor is Christine Charlesworth. Her work now sits in Epsom Town Centre and is greatly enjoyed.

 

LET’S TALK filmed a Musical and a Drama

LET’S TALK filmed is scenes from a musical written, composed and performed by students at Harris Academy Peckham. The script came from real life and the murder of a former pupil in south London when he tried to intervene in a fight.

This formed part of the film screening in autumn 2019 of schools and youth clubs in Southwark.

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Filming also took place of “One Road, Two Paths“, a powerful drama by local company Movement Factory, a Peckham-based dance group for 11-19 year olds. Five dancers from the company attended the final LET’S TALK Forum at HAP and performed extracts from their production. Here’s the film:

Filmed & edited by CTVT

CTVT grown up!

Community TV Trust is in its twenties and is doing what it set out to do – supporting people and telling stories. Currently we are planning the celebratory Festival of Film & Local Media in February 2024. A year ago we were wrapping up our 4-year knife crime project LET’S TALK which has its own website: letstalkknifecrime.org but has examples of work on this site.

Pictured above, a media group shooting an interview at Freewheelers Theatre & Media Company in Leatherhead, Surrey.