Show Racism the Red Card’s work in educating against Islamophobic bigotry was recognised by the Scottish Islamic Foundation yesterday.
Show Racism the Red Card’s work in educating against Islamophobic bigotry was recognised by the Scottish Islamic Foundation yesterday as the campaign won ‘Film of the Year 2010’ at the Scottish Muslim Awards in Edinburgh, the award was presented by human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar. The 20-minute educational film called ‘Islamophobia’ has been a key part of the campaigns work throughout the UK over the past year.
The film features young people and professional footballers including Thierry Henry, Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand speaking about their experiences and understandings of Islamophobia. Work began on the project to counter Islamophobia as far back as 2006, the film was completed and launched in England in December 2009 at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. This was followed by a launch at the Scottish Parliament, which received cross-party support from leaders of all parties - Alex Salmond, Iain Gray, Tavish Scott, Patrick Harvie and Annabel Goldie.
The anti-racist educational workshops are being delivered in secondary schools across the UK by the campaign’s team of education workers alongside ex-professional footballers including Leroy Rosenoir, Gary Bennett, Gary MacKay, Luther Blissett, Paul Mortimer, Michael Weir, Dean Gordon, Derek Ferguson, John Anderson, Olivier Bernard, Jim Duffy and Brian Irvine.
Ged Grebby, Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card said, “This recognition is fantastic, the film is a key tool to our methods of tackling racist Islamophobic attitudes - we are very pleased to accept this award from the Scottish Islamic Foundation. We aim to work with more local authorities and schools across the UK to educate our young people about the negative impact that racist attitudes and behaviours can and do have on individuals and our diverse and multi-cultural society.”
The film was developed in partnership with Glasgow based film-makers Autonomi, Marie Olesen the Producer of the film added, “Islamophobia addresses one of the biggest problems that exists in our society today and we are pleased that the film has the impact it does. It was obviously hard for some of the young people to talk about their reality and fears but the input from the football stars made it easier for the contributors to share their experiences – and for the audience to understand the serious issues.”.
Asif Ahmed, chair of awards organisers the Scottish Islamic Foundation said "We're delighted to see Show Racism the Red Card win this award. Apart from being a slick production, it gave a lot of Muslims heart to see an organisation like this recognising Islamophobia and doing something about it."
Later at the ceremony, Show Racism The Red Card presented the award for Sports contributor of the year, nominees were Majid Haq, Scotland International cricketer, Imran Alam of Glasgow Ansar and Majid Boughera central defender with Rangers and Algeria. Majid Boughera was the category winner on the night.