Written, directed and produced by Duro ’2020′ Oye, 247365 Change is the short film to look out for this summer.
The film includes some of my good friends that I grew up during our teen years.
Watching the film has shown me how far we have all come, it also shows that you can turn it around and use the past as a lesson to others.
The focus of 247365 is to discuss gang culture and government intervention with gang members, from the notoriously tough Peckham and Brixton areas; where the fighting has raged with unflinching brutality for many years.
However, six young men, and now ex-gang members: Daniel Apedu aka BUTCH, Richard Riakorhe aka BLACKS and Temesgen Alem aka TEM from Peckham and Karl Lokko aka Mr C’mon, Terroll Lewis aka BOOST and Michael Adusei from Brixton, have joined forces to make it their mission to educate the youth in these areas about the futility of violence towards each other.
247365 also looks at the Media’s warped focus on blaming bad parenting, bad education, excess benefits and government cuts, and compares those with the perspectives of today’s youth and the eyes through which they see today’s failings in their societies. It becomes abundantly clear that this is a life that they feel they have no choice over and that it will take those that have come out on the other side to show them the way to a society without youth conflict.
Check out the trailer and spread the word!