A Change Is Gonna Come, performed by Prince Tasha at the Black Lives Matter protest at the Guildhall Square in Derry / Londonderry where crowds stood together to oppose racism, demand justice for George Floyd, call for the end of institutional racism, police brutality and historic complacency over the loss of black lives.
Police also attended the protest and issued a signiﬁcant number of Community Resolution Notices (CRNS) and fines for breaking Health Protection regulations due to Coronavirus. Individuals, including organisers, have been reported to the Public Prosecution Service with a view to prosecution. Police have also said they will also conduct follow up enquiries to seek to identify others who may have committed offences.
The police relied on Regulation 6A, which is designed to restrict outdoor social gatherings to up to six persons. Notably, this came into force on May 19th 2020, but there were no enforcement powers attached to it. That changed as an amendment was put in place by the NI Assembly a day before the protest.
People were not discouraged by the strong police presence and protested anyway. Many people claimed that the police were full of hypocrisy and they specifically targeted them because other protests that have happened were never met with such a strong police presence.
The organisers of the protest raised money on GoFundMe to help pay for all fines that were issued.
This is a historical moment in history.
JADE is a short film taken from our 'Stories Untold' project which is a series of short films featuring London-based migrants. After almost a year in development, and an extensive casting process, we selected six diverse stories to help spread a positive message and challenge the current rhetoric surrounding migration in a post-Brexit Britain.
In our ever politically unhinged world we chat, moan, groan and celebrate our lives with likeminded people. People who have lived similar lives and share similar ambitions, successes and adversities. It seems that talking to people with the same views, and similar stories to our own, gives us the self-validation in today's world.
But, in a post-Brexit Britain, we think it's imperative that we start to share stories outside of our own bubbles. We want to remind people that whoever we are, wherever we've come from, we are all navigating the world and trying to get by as best we can. We are all human.
These collection of short films will speak to London migrants from all different social, political and economic backgrounds and ask them to tell us their story with their own words.
The film explores the Shaheen Bagh movement, a women's-led protest in India against the new citizenship laws, and how it has forged solidarities across the globe. The movement evokes hope in dark fascist times and gave impetus to many similar protests across India, mostly led by Muslim women.