27 June 2014
More and more young people are experiencing physical and emotional bullying today. Canterbury Christ Church University Student, Tamanna Miah, has produced a powerful video to show others how harmful the effects of this behaviour can be.
Tamanna, studying Politics and Governance and Media and Communications at Christ Church, was the victim of severe racist taunts and abuse when she was growing up and wants more people to recognise the damaging effects of racial discrimination.
Tamanna Miah on set of film
Fixers, a national charity that supports young people aged 16-25 to tackle issues close to their heart, teamed up with Tamanna to help her to achieve her goal in raising awareness.
Tamanna said: “When I was growing up, I was the only Asian kid in town. There was a group of girls who turned against me.
“I used to get physically abused, emotionally abused and they’d call me names. I felt alone and worthless. I used to ask myself, ‘Why am I the colour that I am?’ and ‘Why am I not the same as everyone else?’”
With the help of her fellow students from the University’s Canterbury and Broadstairs Campuses, as well as Fixers, Tamanna and her team have created a film to show what it is like to be the target of racist bullying.
The message behind the film is that racial abuse does not always have to be physical to leave scars.
Tamanna said: “We are trying to say in our film that any kind of abuse, whether it’s physical or verbal, can be harmful, just as hitting someone can be. It can affect you mentally and emotionally. It can really do a lot of damage.”
Steve Goodsell, Regional Manager for Show Racism the Red Card, supports Tamanna’s Fixers campaign. Steve said: “There were over 80,000 incidents of racial bullying reported in schools between 2007 and 2011 and Childline reported a 69% increase in racist bullying calls made to them, so it is a growing problem.”
The Mayor of Sevenoaks, Councillor Simon Raikes, is also supporting the campaign and attended the film’s official launch event. Simon said: “I think the film is very powerful. It gives you a visual demonstration of just how damaging mental cruelty and mental bullying can be.”
Tamanna hopes to use her film to target those who may be tempted to bully. She wants to show them the impact that their actions could have and hopefully make them think twice.
She continued: “I’d be happy if after seeing my film young people would look beyond someone’s skin colour and value them for who they really are.”
Fixers works with young people across the UK. Each Fixer is supported by the charity’s team of in-house creative professionals to produce a resource to get their chosen message across. Many young people choose to create a short film, website, poster campaign, information leaflet, or hold an event or flashmob.
Notes to Editor
Photo attached. Captions: Fixer Tamanna Miah, Fixer Tamanna and Fixers friends at the launch with Simon Raikes and Fixer Tamanna and Fixers friends and crew on the film set.
To watch Tamanna’s Fixer film please click: http://bit.ly/1ndsuS4
For more information about Fixer Tamanna, please see her Fixer profile: http://bit.ly/1nNZl3f
You can embed the Fixer film on your website from our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1oVnZii
For images, interviews or more information, please contact Katie Griffith in the Fixers Communications Team by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01962 810970.
- Since 2008 more than 12,500 young people in England have become Fixers and created over 1,400 projects. With a £7.2 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund, Fixers extended into Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland in 2013.
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Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
- 94% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
- We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2013 UCAS).
- We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.
*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey