CHANGING PERCEPTIONS: A scene from Black Vision
A YOUNG filmmaker has created a five-minute short looking at the representation of black people in the media in a hope it will play a part in shifting the balance into a more positive light.
In the aptly-titled Black Vision, which centres on an old white woman making her way home at night and being confronted by a number of black male youths in hoodies, Arran Shargall hopes audiences will feel challenged to look at their own prejudices.
“I felt compelled to make this film in order to challenge people on how media representations of BAME influence their perceptions,” Arran told The Voice.
“I believe having more balanced representations on screen will go a long way in bringing together and celebrating diverse Britain,” he added.
The film forms part of BBC Raw, a “project for socially and racially diverse young people who want to develop as digital filmmakers”.
Shargall, who describes himself as British Asian, said he often sees "people who look like me" often "represented as a terrorist or a traditionalist wrapped in religion".
"I am neither of these two," he said. "I aim to create content that not only reflects diverse Britain, but also the issues, themes and pressures that young people face growing up in modern day Britain."