We are excited to announce that Blue Shoes Productions has been shortlisted for a Making a Difference Award for Social Responsibility in the category of Outstanding public and community engagement initiative: Outstanding local engagement!
In partnership with the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at The University of Manchester, we have been able to support Jenny Dakosta Van Mputu through the Congo's Activist in Exile project. Working alongside the author and scholar Cathleen Miller, we have been able to build evidence for Jenny's asylum case to save him from deportation and almost certain death. Cathleen's Al Jazeera article and our short documentary were vital to securing Jenny's future in the UK, and will allow him to continue to fight against injustice and persecution in his homeland, the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Jenny Dakosta Van Mputu, the founder of No Impunity for the Congolese State
The hard work of all involved is a testament to how important film can be in shaping perceptions and opinions on important societal issues, and we hope to continue to build a platform to give a voice to those who so often are underrepresented or misrepresented in our society.
We can't wait until May 12th to hear more about the outstanding work that is being achieved in Manchester to help make our city a more accessible and caring place. To view the nominations, click here.