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Winning videomakers consider school tour

Published:Sunday | August 24, 2014 | 8:00 AM
Akeem Mignott

Davina Henry, Staff Reporter

Having won the Global Dialogues' Sexual Violence Video Challenge recently, Jamaican actor Akeem Mignott and his team from the Jamaica Youth Theatre (JYT) are already considering a school tour to develop awareness around the issues of sexual and domestic violence.

The short film Stop Violence Against Women was directed by Mignott from a concept by Danar Royal. Petrina Williams, Brian Johnson, Kellesia Ebanks and Mignott acted in the production.

A sensitive and often taboo subject, many cases of sexual violence continue to go unreported. Mignott told The Sunday Gleaner that, though they were hesitant to enter the competition, his team saw the need to get the message across.

"We were definitely a bit nervous. This is a global competition which individuals from across the world enter. So we wrote the script, casted it, and, thankfully, we won," he said.

The young thespians were informed of their victory via email.

"The Jamaica Youth Theatre has done several videos speaking out against any type of violence. We believe that, if Jamaica moves towards eradicating this problem, the country would be much better off," Mignott said.

Mignott believes it is critical to get the message across to adolescents, hence the thought of a school tour.

"In this changing technological era, social media is now the preferred medium to use art to educate individuals about issues affecting us. Incorporating an aspect of visiting schools to spread this message is something that the Jamaica Youth Theatre is looking towards. Every effort counts. Even a video with a positive message can be effective in making our culture better," Mignott said.

The group is working towards their annual Secondary Schools' Drama Festival, which will be held in December.