Sunderland Civic Centre advance screening
On the 29th October Show Racism the Red Card celebrated the release of our exciting new film Immigration: What’s the Story? Joined by over sixty guests and friends of SRtRC, we showcased our brand new educational tool in the fight against a prejudice and racism that is evolving and developing in both its delivery and causation.
The strength of the support, throughout production and the film launch itself shows just how important SRtRC resources are to many people from all sections of society. We would like to extend our thanks to all those who attended, those involved in filming, production and interviewing along with Sunderland City Council for kindly affording us the use of their facilities.
Special thanks goes out to those who gave speeches; Councillor Henry Trueman, NUT Northern Secretary Mike McDonald, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird and former Sunderland AFC player and SRtRC Head Coach Gary Bennett. All four, along with our very own Education Manager Laura Pidcock delivered inspiring speeches embodying the message and values we espouse in all our work. This is a message that runs throughout our new film, Immigration: What’s the Story? That issues of immigration are not clear cut and require an approach of patience, acceptance, education and cultural celebration.
Show Racism the Red Card hope that the film demonstrates the importance of changing the way in which we tackle racism and prejudice in society, as the apparent triggers and modes in which it is delivered change. The film shows that many common assertions on immigration such as benefit exploitation, lack of space, cultural isolation and incompatibility are merely myths. We believe the very name of our film Immigration: What’s the Story? highlights a core issue in society and one we are attempting tackle. That of understanding. What is each person’s story and how and why are they here? We find that the media often dismisses the human element of any debate on immigration with its dehumanising rhetoric. We hope that this film humanises those immigrants, by telling their story and showing their emotions.
We have done this through giving a voice to those who are ignored and forgotten. Agnes Uwase’s story shows that what we may first think upon seeing a person we perceive to be an ‘’immigrant’’ couldn’t be any further from the truth. By telling her story we hope people will realise that people’s motivations for coming to the UK are complex and multi-faceted, often motivated from unimaginable fear not our benefits system.
We very much hope that everyone who views our film finds it as inspiring and thought provoking as we all did. We believe this film embodies all the work we have done over the past 19 years but also lays out what we hope to accomplish over the next few years. We don’t want this simply to be a scholastic tool but one which is used by all sections of society. Racist rhetoric is espoused by the press, the internet in the schoolyard and at home. We want our message to be delivered from the same platform, fighting racism in a digital age.
Again we would like to thank all who attended the film launch and thank all who will watch and use our film to combat prejudice and help to Show Racism the Red Card!
By Sam Doyle