Video: Cookstown students’ film highlights hate crime

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Students from two Cookstown schools have combined to create an interactive drama and film project to explore hate crime, racism and sectarianism within the Cookstown community.

Young people from Holy Trinity College and Cookstown High School joined forces to work on the project which was funded by the PSNI, Peace III and Cookstown Good Relations and delivered by Beam Creative Network.

The students benefited from interactive drama workshops, which looked at the effects racism and sectarianism has on their community.

Using the information gathered pupils from Holy Trinity and Cookstown High School took part in a series of storyboarding and scriptwriting workshops to develop and produce a hard hitting, educational film on a number of examples of Hate Crime incidents.

The film produced will be used to educate and inform young people on how attacks can have devastating consequences.

In the video students act out a series of scenarios involving various types of hate crime.

Kathryn O’Neill, Manager of BEAM Creative Network said: “We were delighted to have the opportunity to work with young people from Cookstown to create this thought provoking and educational DVD.

“They worked extremely hard throughout the project and should be very proud of this piece of work.”

PSNI Constable Martin Allen welcomed the initiative and said: “This is a wonderful project, which allowed the schoolchildren to explore the issues associated with hate crime, racism and sectarianism in their area.

“We are pleased to have been able to assist and congratulate those involved for their efforts.”

Funding for the project was provided by Cookstown District Council through the EU’s Programme for Peace and Reconciliation (PEACE III).




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