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A Choice to Look: two young alumni document inequalities in Cambridge

vendredi, 14 septembre 2018   (0 Comments)
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Joe Cook and Abdullah Shah are both graduates from the La Chât Class of 2017 who headed off to Cambridge for University. After attending a panel discussion on "Town & Gown," which addressed the relationship between Cambridge University and the wider city of Cambridge, the two decided to produce a documentary that looked deeper into the issue. 


Joe wrote to the Alumni Office about his and Abdullah's adventure:

"Having enjoyed interviewing guest speakers at La Chât and starting a debate club in Year 12, joining The Cambridge Union seemed like a logical step when we arrived at Cambridge University as first years studying Human, Social and Political Sciences. Despite the Union’s traditional stereotype as quite an elitist society, it was in this unlikely place, watching a panel on “Town and Gown” that sparked our interest in an often overlooked issue in Cambridge.

While the brawls between townsfolk and students are now distant memories, the relationship between Cambridge University and the wider city is still of central importance. What is especially interesting, and shocking about Cambridge in particular, is that despite hosting a world-renowned institution of education, it has the highest levels of inequality in the UK. This materialises itself with life expectancy differences of ten years between the richest and poorest areas.

Balancing the project with our first year exams over a period of six weeks, we attempted to highlight the inequalities which students are unaware of despite living in the city. It was certainly challenging to coordinate the scheduling of interviews as well as cycling long distances with heavy equipment bags, but the toughest part was trying to give a fair say to everyone and attempting to capture reality. 

Our hope is that the project allows viewers a moment of self-reflection without being moralistic; that it makes us all more conscious of our choices as an often taken-for-granted part of our lives which fundamentally affect everything around us."


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