Amani Simpson says culture of youth violence and low aspiration should be seen as a community issue

In a packed room at a college in Walthamstow in north-east London a former student is speaking to today’s class. Amani Simpson has shown them a short film he made, based on his life, now there’s a Q&A session. Questions include what did he study here, and how did he get the money to make a film. Answers: music and events management, and through crowd-funding. Then a girl at the back asks what he thinks is the solution to the current knife-crime epidemic. That’s a trickier one, I asked him the same before the screening.

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