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About

The Team

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Troy James

Director

Troy James is an award-winning videographer, visual content creator, and ethical filmmaker from South London with almost 10 years of experience creating content for brands, charities, nonprofits and brands looking to improve the world. With a first class degree in digital media, and experience gained at companies such as Hogarth international and Nylon films, Troy storytells with empathy and compassion. ‘1500 & Counting’ is Troy’s first documentary-length film.

 

Keep up with Troy at @TroyTheDirector

Keep up with Troy’s work at www.troyjamesaidoo.com

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Siana Bangura

Producer

Siana Bangura is a writer, producer, performer and community organiser hailing from South East London. Siana is the founder and former editor of Black British Feminist platform, No Fly on the WALL; she is the author of poetry collection, ‘Elephant’; and the producer of ‘1500 & Counting’. Siana works and campaigns on issues of race, class, and gender and their intersections and is currently working on projects focusing on climate change, the arms trade, and state violence. Her recent works include the short film 'Denim' and the play, 'Layila!'. In 2019, Siana was an artist in residence at the Birmingham Rep Theatre, working on her debut play. She is also a workshop facilitator, public speaking trainer, and social commentator. Her work has been featured in mainstream and alternative publications such as The Guardian, The Metro, Evening Standard, Black Ballad, Consented, Green European Journal, The Fader, and Dazed as well as collected works such as, 'Loud Black Girls', presented by Slay In Your Lane. Her past television appearances include the BBC, Channel 4, Sky TV, ITV and Jamelia's 'The Table'.

Across her vast portfolio of work, Siana’s mission is to help move marginalised voices from the margins, to the centre.

 

Keep up with Siana at @Sianaarrgh

Keep up with Siana’s work at www.sianabangura.com

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Hauwa Kehinde-Ottun

Production Assistant

Hauwa is a Graduate of Law from the University of Hull and the University of Birmingham, having secured scholarships to complete her LLB and LLM respectively from both institutions. She completed her Masters in International Law and wrote her dissertation on the human rights response to Female Genital Mutilation.

 

Currently, Hauwa works as a paralegal in the NHS.

Hauwa believes in the power of the arts to shape narratives and liberate us. In her spare time, she enjoys film, theatre, and runs a virtual book club centred on works by authors from underrepresented groups in publishing.

'It's always possible to fight. And so that's what you must do. You must fight. And that fight is not a thing which you enter and then leave after a year or a month or a week. It's a lifetime struggle, and that is not a loss.'

 

- Ken Fero, Migrant Media
 

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