As part of Anti-Bullying Week 2018, Cinemagic have launched “Time to Stand,” a short film tackling bullying and racism which will be shown in a special screening to schools from Urban Village areas at the Odyssey Cinema Belfast.
The “Time to Stand” film aims to help young people tackle racism and bullying and has been informed by members of the Racial Equality Subgroup. The Subgroup is convened by The Executive Office (TEO) and functions as a strong voice within local government on issues specifically affecting minority ethnic people, migrants and race relations.
“Time to Stand” has been produced by Cinemagic with support from the Urban Villages Initiative, which is a headline action of the Together: Building a United Community (T:BUC) strategy. The Urban Villages Initiative is led by TEO and is designed to support good relations and develop thriving places in areas of Belfast and Derry~Londonderry with a history of deprivation and community tension.
Anti-Bullying Week is coordinated by Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum (NIABF) and supported by Translink. NIABF is an interagency group hosted by the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) NI and funded by the Department of Education.
Resources to support the “Time to Stand” short film have been developed by NIABF, for use by schools and youth projects registered for Anti-Bullying Week. These have now been made available on a regional basis and can be downloaded below:
Lee Kane, Regional Coordinator, Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum (NIABF), states:
“Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum (NIABF) is delighted to include this exceptional short film as part of our resource pack for Anti-Bullying Week 2018. We have created a number of workshop plans and presentations, supporting teachers and youth workers to explore the themes raised in the story among the children and young people they work with.
“At the heart of Time to Stand is a message of RESPECT, something which mirrors the theme of our Anti-Bullying Week campaign. We hope adults will take the opportunity this week provides to talk to their children about how we treat others, remembering that while we don’t have to be friends with everyone we meet, showing respect to all helps foster a safe and inclusive anti-bullying culture in our schools and communities.”
Linsey Farrell, Director of the Urban Villages Initiative commented, “The Time to Stand short film is a fantastic resource for schools and youth organisations to help facilitate discussions around Respect, which is the theme of Anti-Bullying Week 2018.
As the Racial Equality Champion for the Executive Office, I am delighted that the Racial Equality Sub Group were able to support Cinemagic in the development of this film. I would like to thank everyone involved in producing the film and congratulate them on what they have achieved. The Urban Villages Initiative strives to encourage good relations in Urban Village areas. The Time to Stand film demonstrates the importance of developing positive community identities across Urban Village areas and helping to develop Thriving Places.”