Screening aims to raise awareness of democracy with film


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SCHOOLCHILDREN will have the chance to learn more about democracy through film at an event on Friday.

St Swithun’s Catholic Primary School in Southsea will host a screening of a film aimed at raising awareness of and engagement with democracy as part of the first ever Parliament Week.

The initiative has been devised by education charity Filmclub and has been welcomed by the Parliament’s Education Service.

The screening will feature a film from the charity’s Making a Difference season of 10 classic and contemporary titles aimed at inspiring young people to explore how democracy works and how they can contribute to it.

Films picked for the season include Paper Clips, Mr Smith Goes to Washington, Milk, Made in Dagenham, and The Secret of Nimh.

Tom O’Leary, head of education and public engagement at the Houses of Parliament, said: ‘There are thousands of inspiring stories of how people have made a difference and contributed to democracy.

‘Film is a great medium for telling these stories.’