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Moving Pictures Event Launch
Published: 18 Jun 2013
Last Thursday, around 80 people gathered at Toynbee Hall for the launch of Dignify’s film premiere: Moving Pictures. The event was attended by older people from local day centres, Toynbee Hall Lunch Club, and adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues living in Tower Hamlets as well as many safeguarding professionals from the borough. The film-making company Loud Minority who produced the short film, has ten years of experience in participatory film-making, and specialises in community engagement and social issues. All who came to see the film brilliantly participated in the post-film forum-theatre session and the discussion groups.
The audience was very engaged– people commented at moments when the lead character was being abused during the screening itself which was a testimony to people’s emotional engagement with the challenging subject matter. During the discussion groups and a forum with actors, people were able to discuss the issues and consider what someone like Charlie, the main character, could do to protect himself from abuse and where he could go to gain support. Read the full synopsis. People were fired up during the forum and gave some great suggestions and advice, and received information about what to do if they or someone they know is being abused.
Dignify’s Project Coordinator, Kate Lovell reflects: “I am personally uplifted and inspired by the success of the event – I feel very proud that Dignify has been able to sensitively raise awareness of adult abuse issues because, whilst it is a very sad and difficult topic to discuss, it is an urgent and important one to talk about. I was encouraged to see people getting so involved in the issues of the film during the screening and loved hearing the buzz during the discussion group sessions. I am hugely grateful to the Advice team at Toynbee who gave up a day to come and help out, as well as Wellbeing Staff who helped in facilitating discussion groups. After seeing the response at the event, I am very glad that I made a film, because now there is a resource which can be shared and used again to raise awareness and help people explore how to stay safe in their relationships”. Find out more about Dignify