“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.

HERT-ATTACK

Look out for the CTVT inspired project “Hert-Attack” [www.hert-attack.net] running at Hertford Regional College where students are creating a locally focussed website delivering their own brand of content to local people. Target audience  16-24. It has been driven by second year National Diploma media students who have had fun building the project from nothing, using skills from presenting to video production, shooting videos, bands, 5-a-side footie … including a long day by the ‘red carpet’ in Leicester Square for the Bond Premiere of “Quantum of Solace”, and a trip to Wembley following the pumped up  fans of Stevenage Borough FC who went on to win their Final at the national stadium. Most of the team took away genuine experience – you might say work experience having spent nine months in a formal production team producing media for a public website.

As of September 2009, the project has been running under the heading of ‘Social Action and Community Media Production’, seeking to deliver much more of a focus on the local community rather than exhibit the video production skills learned on the course. Beyond doubt is the value to the students of collaborating on a large, external project, designed to forge links with real people outside college. Chris Haydon, director of Community TV Trust, leads the FE College project and as ever looks to develop links between Education and Community.