March 7, 2017 oggitomic

TRAILER: Belonging. The Truth Behind the Headlines.

I have had a pleasure to work as a camera operator on Morag Livingstone's feature documentary,  ''Belonging''. Belonging. The power within. A film about people. People who just so happen to be trade unionists. We shall look through their eyes at the role of unions in leading us out of food bank Britain - by rebuilding communities and giving a voice to those people, in and out of work, devastated by economic polices. Last year almost a million people used food banks in Britain, a massive increase on the year before (in a country that is the sixth largest economy in the world). At the same time the gap between rich and poor is getting bigger and increasing numbers of young people face an uncertain future without hope of employment. More working people each year need state benefits because their wages are just too low to meet their basic needs and the long-term unemployed face a kind of slavery in form of the government’s ‘Help to Work’ programme. OFFICIAL TRAILER We want to show that unions are as important and as necessary now as they have ever been, particularly in helping people find an effective voice. We shall dispel the stereotype of union members as white working class men and instead show a diverse mix of people. We shall show how union members are just people holding values of community, unity, worth and solidarity, all wanting a better life for themselves and their children, and believing this can be achieved by harnessing the power of belonging. We will show how unions are reinventing themselves to represent a broader range of people including the unemployed, young people and others marginalised by a ruthless economic and financial system which rewards greed and corruption. This film is about belonging, told by the people on the frontline of the union movement - about what it means to belong, about their reality, about the future of their children and about the importance of a collective, united, organised movement to change the world. Belonging Film will not tell you how to think; it will ask you to think again.  To find out more about the film, please go to their official website here.