Documentary, Cert 12A, 73 mins
Produced by Community TV Trust 2022
Funded by The Peckham Settlement
Premiere at Peckhamplex Cinema, 95A Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4ST
Date: Saturday 10 September 2022
Time: 6.30pm Q+A to follow
This event is free and is part of the Peckham & Nunhead Free Film Festival.
The film, which has grown from LET’S TALK, a 4-year project looking into youth violence and knife crime by listening to young people, tells the story of how three young Black boys from Southwark turn their lives around, from the edge of permanent school exclusion to training Met Police recruits in Stop & Search. Oh, and winning awards. Some of the testimony is truly shocking – prevalence of knife carrying, lack of self worth, absence of empathy, turning to the ‘street’ for answers – and yet there is a sense of change in the air.
When a child at a local primary school says to you: “Why isn’t it safe to be a child here in Southwark?”, you pay attention and think hard. As barrister Stephen Akinsanya remarks, “We can all do something.”
Where to start? – change of thought.