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Dagenham film shorts night showcases range of teenage issues

PUBLISHED: 13:08 18 September 2015 | UPDATED: 13:25 18 September 2015

An awareness-raising group called Raised Voices screened films on FGM and sexism at Kingsley Hall in Dagenham

An awareness-raising group called Raised Voices screened films on FGM and sexism at Kingsley Hall in Dagenham

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A thought-provoking film night launched the third year of a campaign group for issues ranging from FGM to child exploitation.

Formed two years ago to give young women a voice on issues that affect them, Arc Theatre’s Raised Voices showcased six short films to more than 70 guests last night.

“It was a brilliant night – they really pulled it out the bag,” said project leader Natalie Smith.

Created by the students, the shorts deal with everything from sexting, to FGM, inequality and homophobia.

“They may be just short films, but they open up the debate,” said Natalie.

“We have had over a hundred girls from the borough attend sessions.”

Following on from the evening at Dagenham’s Kingsley Hall, the girls will now take the films around schools in the borough, as well as present them to police cadets and school governers.

To find out more, email Natalie Smith at nat@arctheatre.com


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