Film to fight extremism

A FILM which highlights to young people the dangers of extremism and radicalisation has had its premier screening.

The piece is the brainchild of Billingham Neighbourhood Inspector Andy Fox, who devised the project as part of his previous role as Head of Stockton District Community Safety Department.

Commissioned by the Safer Stockton Partnership, it was given its first airing at the Arc, in Stockton.

The twenty minute production, which was filmed across Teesside, focuses on the lives of two young people, Imran and Matt, who find themselves drawn into extremist groups and are plunged into dangerous situations that they can’t get out of easily.

When the two groups clash, both men are forced to make difficult choices which may affect their lives and those around them.

The film will be used as part of educational packages in schools in Teesside and is being looked at nationally, with the possibility of rolling it out beyond Cleveland. Insp Fox was keen to develop the film to add to educational material already available in order to raise awareness and promote discussion around issues.

He said: “This film will be a useful tool for young people as it gives them food for thought in which to make positive decisions and identify changes in behaviour that may be linked to extremism, whether it is right-wing extremism, Islamic extremism, or animal rights extremism.”