Tuesday, 8 January, 2013

Yesterday we launched this year’s short film for HMD 2013 at a special event at Leytonstone Business & Enterprise Specialist School, where the film was made.

The film, which is directed by Richard Cousins and produced by BDA Creative, focuses on a school photograph in which ethnic diversity and expressions of individuality are gradually erased. It highlights this year’s theme of Communities Together: Build a Bridge, by encouraging us to guard against exclusion by making connections within our communities. It reminds us that the strongest communities are those that respect difference.

At yesterday’s event the students who star in the film were joined by their parents and teachers, the team who created the film, and staff and trustees from HMDT.

Lewis, a student at Leytonstone School who starred in the film, spoke at the event:

I was really nervous at first, but the experience of taking part was exciting and by the end I wanted to do it again. It was a pleasure to work with the team to create this film to mark HMD.

Assistant Headteacher David Marshall said:

It has been a wonderful experience for the school to be able to participate in the creation of this film. We always hold activities and events to commemorate HMD, and it is important for us to play our part in helping to combat prejudice and discrimination.

Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, Olivia Marks-Woldman, said:

The school community is one of the first that we join, where we learn alongside people from different backgrounds. During the Holocaust and subsequent genocides children were kept apart and segregated from their school communities. This film is a powerful reminder of the need for all of us to guard against exclusion and value diversity in our community.