Students’ film focus on fight against extremism

Published: 8th March 2016

Published by City College Southampton

‘Educate Against Hate’ is the title of one of four films made by City College Southampton students in an initiative to counter extremism in the community.

Nine Creative and Digital Media students have been shortlisted for The Hampshire Police Prevent College Film Awards 2016. The ceremony will take place on March 17 at the Police Training Headquarters, Netley, when the top 10 films will be premiered and three winners announced.

The new awards, introduced by Hampshire Constabulary, are part of the force’s Prevent campaign aimed at stopping people from becoming – or supporting – terrorists. Students were asked to create a short film to reflect the key messages of stronger, safer communities.

The City College nominees are Sarah Bradshaw, Daniel Corneby and Callum Brown for ‘Stay Informed, Stay Safe’; Emerson Evens, Max King and Deniss Griscenko for the film ‘Chris’s Story’; Jake Paul and Mitchell Vince for the film ‘Impressions’, and Jack Benham for ‘Educate Against Hate’.

 

Peter Moutray, senior tutor in Creative and Digital Media, said: “At City College Southampton, we pride ourselves on developing the students’ creative talents and it is wonderful to see our students being recognised for their deserving work.

“The films are all centred around topics such as vulnerable people or communities and public safety in the current climate of countering extremism. We are all looking forward to seeing the students’ work shown at the awards.”

Simon Hayes, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire, said: “One of the most significant challenges facing our society today is countering extremism of all kinds. I believe young people can be part of the solution by providing effective counter-narratives to those who would aim to radicalise their peers.”

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Prevent work is part of a national Government strategy aimed at stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. According to research, those most likely to become radicalised to join an extremist group or to act in the name of an extremist cause are younger people aged 16-25.