Power to Change follows the lives of ordinary Londoners, set against the backdrop of loss and violence. Their journeys intertwine as they learn how to move beyond the past with inner strength, circumspection and wisdom.
In a time where youth violence is on the rise across the country, and with the poverty gap only increasing, this is a unique film that looks at the simplest solution: the innate goodness of a human being, who will make the right choices given the encouragement and tools to do so. Sometimes all it takes is one person, one act, one choice, to change the trajectory of a lifetime.
The film tells the stories of five people: EJ a young man drawn into gang culture from an early age; Lorraine a grieving Mother who lost her son to knife-crime as he saved another boy; Gerald, founder of Impact Brixton, who learns to navigate one of London's most dangerous areas after emigrating from Ghana as a child; Errol a repeat offender with 74 previous convictions, and Nate a former gang-member who was brutally stabbed by a childhood friend. The stories are woven together by Kaysen, a teacher, who passionately believes in supporting young people.
Adding a unique perspective to this mix we hear from author and world-renowned speaker Prem Rawat whose work in prisons in the UK and around the world has had a remarkable impact.
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A multimedia journalist, presenter and filmmaker with extensive experience in long-form current affairs and documentaries, Sahar Zand has fronted and produced a range of award-winning stories from across the world, for the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Vice, and a number of other international broadcasters.
Wendy Lewis is a London-based independent filmmaker with an interest in human stories of change and hope. Also a singer and artist Wendy uses these creative skills to craft films that tell a story through visuals, poetry and music. She has a keen online following where her short films have wracked up over a million views. Power to Change is Wendy’s first feature-length documentary.
Lorraine Jones is a mother of 7, pastor, community leader, knife crime activist, friend of the police crowned angel of Angell Town. The kids on the Angell Town Estate call her mum as they see her as an approachable figure that understands them and their individual struggle. She tragically lost her son, Dwayne Simpson to knife crime in Brixton. Following this tragic event, she has become a fighting force in the community, explaining the needs of the youth to the governing bodies.