The School That Tried to End Racism

The School That Tried to End Racism

Series 1 - Episode 1

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Review

There’s obviously a particularly current contemporary resonance about this intriguing and important experiment at a south London school.

A group of 11-year-old volunteers, a mixture of white and black or ethnic minority pupils, is put through a series of exercises observed at a remove by experts to identify unconscious racial bias.

They are a smashing and thoughtful bunch of confident kids – there is Farrah, who when the children split into groups based on race doesn’t know where to be as she has a white mum and an Asian dad. And Henry, who identifies as “a ginger European boy”, who becomes upset at the very notion that he would ever offend his BAME friends.

Summary

Documentary about a pioneering British school helping 11 and 12-year-old pupils uncover and eradicate hidden racial biases by giving them a series of activities designed to challenge everything they thought they knew about race. To begin with the students are split into different work groups according to their skin colour. A white British student and his black Caribbean best friend are shocked to discover the level of unconscious bias they carry, while a 12-year-old bi-racial girl is keen to find out what group she belongs in - white or black?

Cast & Crew

Director Rachel Dupuy
Director David Harris
Editor Drew Hill
Editor Fredrik Limi
Executive Producer David DeHaney
Executive Producer Jackie Waldock
Producer Rachel Dupuy
Producer David Harris
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