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PopChange Salon Series: Bringing Lived Experience into TV and Film

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Date

Thursday, 18 November 2021

Time

17:00-19:00 BST

Venue

Online (Airmeet)

Cost

Free

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PopChange Salon Series: Bringing Lived Experience into TV and Film

Drama impacts us on an emotional level. It enables us to walk in the shoes of another person and understand their reality in a way factual programmes do not — Sir Lenny Henry and Marcus Ryder MBE, Access All Areas: The Diversity Manifesto for TV and Beyond

Counterpoints Arts invites TV/film creators and producers, storytellers, funders and narrative change makers to join us in this intimate online networking event to explore opportunities to create change within the UK entertainment sector.

The PopChange Salon Series — presented by Counterpoints Arts’ Popchange initiative — are curated exchanges with change makers, storytellers and the entertainment industry to explore opportunities for harnessing pop culture for real social change. Hosted by K Biswas (The Race Beat), and building from the recent New Brave World report (Sachrajda & Zukowska, 2021), the Salon Series focuses on areas with momentum for narrative change in the UK — TV/film, gaming and comedy — with particular reference to themes of racial justice, migration and displacement.

The third in the series — Bringing Lived Experience into TV and Film — highlights inspiring case studies from US and UK content producers making impact in commercial TV/film, particularly around migrant and refugee narratives. We ask: how does lived experience get into the writer’s room? How best to nurture emerging talent from non-traditional routes? How do we make entertainment, not just with, but by and led from life experience?

In Conversation:

Moderated by Suchandrika Chakrabarti, broadcaster, comedian and co-host of the comedy criticism podcast ‘But Is It Funny?’ podcast. 

Event hosted by K Biswas (Biz), cultural critic and Founder, The Race Beat

If you are interested in joining the discussion, please register your interest below (you can register directly on the form here and any problems please email marcia@counterpointsarts.org.uk):

Recommended background reading

New Brave World a 2021 report by Alice Sachrajda and Marzena Zukowska that explores the power, opportunities and potential of pop culture for social change in the UK. The report is supported by Unbound Philanthropy and builds on Riding the Waves, a scoping study on the same theme published in 2017.

Joining us on AirMeet

We’re thrilled to be welcoming such an exciting range of participants and speakers, and invite you to join us in using the Airmeet platform to make new connections during the networking sessions.

Airmeet is best experienced on a Chrome browser (version 79 or higher), on a laptop or a desktop. You can download the latest version here

Filming

Some sections of the programme will be recorded, but only participants who choose to go ‘on stage’ will be visible. Presentations by speakers (but not the Q&A and networking parts of the event) will be filmed and shared online. 

Social media

We’d love you to join the conversation online using the hashtag #popxchange or via Counterpoints Arts’ social media channels: Twitter // Instagram // Facebook

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The PopChange Salon Series — presented by Counterpoints Arts’ Popchange initiative — are curated exchanges with change makers, storytellers and the entertainment industry to explore opportunities for harnessing pop culture for real social change. Hosted by K Biswas (The Race Beat), and building from the recent New Brave World report (Sachrajda & Zukowska, 2021), the Salon Series focuses on areas with momentum for narrative change in the UK — TV/film, gaming and comedy — with particular reference to themes of racial justice, migration and displacement. To be updated of future Salons in the series, sign up to our mailing list.

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Speakers

Anu Henriques

Ally

Anu is the founder and co-director of Skin Deep, a collective that makes space for Black creatives and creatives of colour to work towards justice through cultural production.

Hassan Akkad

Ally

Hassan Akkad is a Syrian refugee, activist, filmmaker and consultant living in London. Akkad was part of the team that made Exodus: Our Journey to Europe which won a BAFTA in 2017. He has worked in film and TV production, and has consulted on scripted drama and comedy including Channel 4's 'Home', Netflix's upcoming 'The Swimmers' and Obama's Higher Production of 'Exit West' with Riz Ahmed.

Kausar Mohammed

Ally

Kausar Mohammed is a South Asian writer, actress, and comedian who is a featured talent in this year's ViacomCBS Diversity 2021 Showcase and plays series lead in Break The Room/Paul Feig's dramedy, East of La Brea, amongst other shows. She also is the co-founder of SHIFT, a racial justice and gender justice consulting group created by all women of colour.

Sameer Gardezi

Ally

SAMEER GARDEZI is a Pakistani-Muslim WGA Award Winning writer known for his satire and grounded absurdism. He has written for several networks/streamers including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, The CW, FOX, ABC, NBC and Netflix. He most recently created EAST OF LA BREA, a dramedy digital series about two Muslim-American woman trying to make it in LA. He is Co-Founder of Break the Room Media — a writers room incubator making diverse content — initially supported by Pop Culture Collaborative.

Suchandrika Chakrabarti

Ally

Suchandrika Chakrabarti is a broadcaster, writer and comedian. She is currently a co-host on the Counterpoints Arts comedy criticism podcast, But Is It Funny?, with Brian Logan and Jamal Khadar. She has also co-hosted Podcast Radio Hour on BBC Radio 4 Extra, and is a regular guest on the multi-award-winning news podcast, The Week Unwrapped.

K Biswas

Ally

K Biswas is a critic and essayist on everything from populism to the politics of grime music. In 2019, he founded The Race Beat, a network for journalists of colour working in the UK, and is the Director of Resonance FM, and the editor of Representology: The Journal of Media and Diversity.

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