Handsworth Films

I believe that there are not many documentaries about the small “neighbourhoods” even though these “neighbourhoods” are rich in history and culture. I have seen documentaries about Birmingham as a whole but hardly anything on the small areas.  I have conducted some secondary research into the documentaries/short films that have been filmed or are based on Handsworth. As suspected these films deal with criminal activities, gang violence and drugs. Some of the films/documentaries I have looked into are:

Handsworth Songs

Eric Sasono (2014)

One Mile Away

Volta VOD (2015)

One Day

Southbank Centre (2010)

These are the only 3 films that I could find. These films are all filmed in Handsworth, they all feature black males and they all feature some kind of gang violence. Where are the documentaries that paint Handsworth in a positive light? The media have create this dominant discourse to paint Handsworth in a negative light. A place where there is constant violence, a place that is dangerous, a place that is not safe. That is just the beginning. The news articles also represent Handsworth in a negative light.

I want to challenge this stereotype. I want to paint Handsworth in a positive light and focus on the good aspects of the area, as I believe there has been a unfair representation of the Handsworth area in the mainstream news.

Bibilography

Authi, J. (2016) ‘Man fights for life after double shooting in Handsworth street’ [online] available from <http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/man-fights-life-after-double-10680286&gt; [5 January 2017]
BBC (2016) ‘Man’s body found in Handsworth ‘unexplained’ death’. BBC Birmingham & Black Country [online] 23 August. available from <http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-37171022&gt; [5 January 2017]
Eric Sasono (2014) ‘Montage in Handsworth songs’. in YouTube [online] YouTube. available from <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrR5Byjmf9I&gt; [6 January 2017]
Hurst, B. (2016) ‘Watch: 30 men in mass brawl in Handsworth street’. in Midlands News [online] birminghammail. available from <http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/watch-30-men-mass-brawl-12270665&gt; [5 January 2017]
Hurst, B. and Tyler, J. (2016) ‘Man stabbed to death in Birmingham park – updates from the scene’. in Midlands News [online] birminghammail. available from <http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/replay-man-stabbed-death-waverhill-11494106&gt; [6 January 2017]
Layton, J. (2015) ‘Police launch murder probe after man is stabbed to death in Birmingham’ [online] available from <http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/handsworth-murder-man-dies-another-5796724&gt; [6 January 2017]
McCarthy, R. (2015) ‘Teenagers murdered man in street in ‘chilling’ act of random violence’ [online] available from <http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/teenagers-murdered-man-street-chilling-10599690&gt; [6 January 2017]
Southbank Centre (2010) ‘1 day – trailer’. in YouTube [online] YouTube. available from <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwqwkM7w-sU&gt; [6 January 2017]
Volta VOD (2015) ‘One mile away official trailer’. in YouTube [online] YouTube. available from <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVfzO2jBmyg&t=1s&gt; [5 January 2017]
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