FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Bridget Jones Director Baroness Beeban Kidron Nominated for FilmClub and iRights
London, UK – March 5, 2015 – Baroness Beeban Kidron OBE has been shortlisted from over 100 candidates this year for the 3rd Annual Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award. The award recognises outstanding politicians and diplomats who are representing civilian interests at the highest level in areas of policy, social and business overall. Baroness Kidron is nominated for her work with FilmClub and the new 5-point internet framework iRights.
Described as her “mad as hell moment”, Baroness Kidron founded educational charity FilmClub in 2006 to provide children with unthreatening life experiences through access to carefully selected films.
The after-school club was rolled out to 25 state primary and secondary schools, which quickly expanded, into 1,000 schools. Pupils between the ages of 5-16 were encouraged to watch a diverse range of films including classics, black and white movies and foreign language titles appropriate to their age. Film selection included Hotel Rwanda, Schindler’s List, Spirited Away and Trading Places, and children were encouraged to talk and write about what they had seen. IntoFilm on average would collect 6,000 reviews per week particularly from young boys who were provided with an outlet to express themselves creatively.
IntoFilm has been successful in giving children the confidence to converse and find common ground. The club has also helped to engage a very broad group; from the gifted and talented, to the excluded, such as members of the traveller community who tend to have a ‘cultural diet’ owing to lack of funds and access, all within one club. There are currently 10,000 clubs active across the country with 300,000 members between the ages of 5-18.
Baroness Kidron is also currently spearheading the iRights campaign, a 5-point framework that enables children and young people access to the internet “creatively, knowledgeably and fearlessly”. The iRights Framework already has over 100 signatories including Mozilla, UNICEF, The Sorrell Foundation, and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and is currently being assessed against existing legislations for digital empowerment.
Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, Executive Director of Grassroot Diplomat, said: “All too often, we hear stories of our governments not representing our needs but Grassroot Diplomat looks upon selfless individuals who work tirelessly for their communities. The award seeks to create a culture of positive role models within our governments which encourages others in power to follow suit.”
Baroness Kidron is the director of Oranges Are Note the Only Fruit and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.
Join Baroness Kidron and other government nominees for the gala dinner at The May Fair Hotel, London on Thursday 5th March 2015. For ticket information please visit: http://www.grassrootdiplomat.org/book-tickets or call 07511 816689.
Further details about the awards can be found on: www.grassrootdiplomat.org/annual-awards
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