Many of you will remember we wrote about Ed Accura’s incredible ‘Bear A Witness’ project to shine a light on the issue of homelessness during last year’s savage winter conditions here in the UK. It was one of our most popular articles, and we hope that by drawing attention to it, we were able to in some way help with his cause.
Now he’s is back, with, ‘A Film Called Blacks Can’t Swim’, which highlights the frightening reality of just how many Black, Asian, and Minority Ethinc (BAME) people in the UK are unable to swim. We asked Frank ‘Ed Accura’ Awuah about the project.
‘A Film Called Blacks Can’t Swim’ is about my personal journey, fears and anxiety with swimming. The film depicts the effects of the stigma, stereotypes and myths and also highlights the views of various people in my community.
The aim of the film is to help eradicate the negative views associated with black people and swimming as well as encouraging more to learn to swim thus reducing the number of deaths by drowning.
Ed Accura (Frank Awuah) is a black British man who after watching an upsetting news report on bad weather and flooding, develops an acute phobia with water. His anxiety with not being able to swim and irrational fears of drowning pushes him into buying a life jacket which he wears everywhere he goes. Ed is torn between his friends who try and encourage him to learn how to swim and society who dramatically dampen his confidence with stereotypes on black people and their inability to swim. The film combines acting with real interview footage of various members of the community voicing their thoughts on the subject.
• Confronting our fears (more swimming and less drowning)
• Addressing the stereotypes
• Dispelling the myths.
Together with Kush Films and SpaceDNA my production company, we are not going to stop until every one that can learn from this has seen it. We are not trying to change the world just the mindsets of people that just like myself didn’t see the importance of swimming as a life skill amongst other benefits.
The film is only available by private online viewing and can be requested from www.blackscantswim.com
We will send you a private secure link to watch it.
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