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.
Coming from Charterhouse Youth Club in 2004, here is George rapping his thoughts around drugs and violence and how to live life.
“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.
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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.
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.