Willesden Green film maker explores black role models in documentary

Atem Kuol’s film aims to encourage young people to achieve their goals

A documentary exploring the positive role black people can have on society has been created by Brent a film maker

Atem Kuol, 23, of High Road, Willesden Green, came up with the idea for the project back in May and began shooting the film this summer.

Together with director Daniel Mbaku, Mr Kuol he has created an inspiring piece which aims to encourage young people to achieve their goals.

Mr Kuol told the Times that the documentary, will coincide with the Black History Month celebrations.

He said: “It aims to inspire and motivate young people, by giving them the self belief and awareness that they can become more than just sports icons and musicians, which is often the common stereotype.”

The documentary, called Murder to Excellence, features the stories of three successful black professionals, who explain how they got to be where they are today.

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Appearing in the film is Grace Ononiwu OBE, the Chief Crown Prosecutor for the East of England, Nii Ayikwei Parkes, a poet, writer and sociocultural commentator and Dr Ola Orekunrin, who is the Managing Director of Flying Doctors Nigeria Ltd.

Eliza Joy, a remarkable six-year-old who has already had two books published also features, together with David Lammy, the Labour MP for Tottenham, and Sir William Atkinson.

“We worked with a really low budget but I’m very pleased with how the documentary has turned out,” Mr Kuol said.

“I’ve made short films beforehand but Daniel and I have really stepped up our game on this one. It’s very exciting.”

The documentary was released online yesterday following its London premiere and Mr Kuol is keen to bring the film to local schools to highlight its message.

For more information on where to watch the film visit its facebook and twitter page at www.facebook.com/m2eFilm or www.twitter.com/m2efilm.