When you hear Duro Oyewunmi speak about eradicating gang culture in London, there is no mistaking the passion that resonates through him. We watch/read the news , hear/ read of the stabbing and the shooting amongst young people – it just makes your heart bleed.
Who are these young people? What is going on in the streets? How did these young people become like this? WHAT CAN WE DO TO ERADICATE GANG CULTURE?
When the young film maker, Duro, started shooting his film 247365 Change these were questions that stirred within his heart and then he concluded “If you don’t love them, you can’t reach out to them.” Launching the “I Stand For Change” campaign to bring about change he took a step towards making a change in his city.
In his speech at the launch, he mentioned that the first step isn’t looking for funds, it’s about having the compassion, seeking to help young people change their orientation, help them to avoid slipping back into a lifestyle. The campaign is to help show young street kids that there’s other ways to make money outside of selling drugs and robbing people.
We hope that more people would make positive strides towards building a better society. It starts with taking the first selfless step of compassion.
Watch his speech at the launch of I Stand For Change
Watch the teaser for 247365 Change film here. It was out in the cinemas in London in 2012.