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Looking back on the last six months, the journey I have embarked on, skills I have learnt and situations I have experienced, it has all been something that I could only have dreamt of previously...
It would be easy to think the diversity debate about diversity in the media industry is a new thing but it's not. Seventeen years ago I sat on the first diversity committee of a mainstream broadcaster and the question was the same then as it is now: how do we diversify our sector?
I witnessed over 200 protesters claim victory as they gathered under the tunnels in Waterloo, London, where the Vault was forced to cancel the first showing of Brett Bailey's controversial Exhibit B performance which has been compared to the 19th Century, when black people were displayed in zoos to amuse European audiences.
There's always so much focus on how much prisons cost the tax payer, whether inmates should have access to TV and reading material and prison rehabilitation programs.
As February draws to a close, most of our new years resolutions have stalled and it's clear that 'being the best version of yourself' isn't a big enough motivation. So how about changing the world?
Britain's 300,000 Gypsies, Roma and Travellers are cited by Travellers' Times (Britain's only national magazine for the community) as the 'most misunderstood and misrepresented community in the UK'. So we decided to dedicate a season of films to try to redress the imbalance, and give our Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities a platform from which they can tell their own stories.