It will soon be two months since the tragic death of George Floyd. In early June I wrote to students and staff setting out London Film School’s support for Black Lives Matter and now wanted to give an update.
We are taking the time to do this right and will shortly publish a plan of accountable actions as, for us, this is about making long-term changes for the better.
Across the world, we witnessed Black Lives Matter (BLM) demonstrations denounce racial injustice. London Film School deplores and condemns racism and oppression in its many forms, and fully support the BLM movement.
This multifaceted watershed moment has instigated at LFS a period of reflection on systemic racism, bias, and discrimination. We are having many complex and challenging conversations across the board, staff, and student bodies, with absolutely no rush to put tokens in place but rather to establish a meaningful and lasting plan for change.
We want to empower our community to keep talking about equality, diversity and inclusion and support them when doing so. We are taking the time to listen, learn and are wrestling with how we can better provide space to amplify Black voices.
We realise that it is not only critical to show solidarity with communities that are subject to racial inequality and discrimination but to also identify and address our own structural racism.
LFS must be fully inclusive, a place where everyone feels safe and is able to creatively thrive, regardless of colour, creed or any other identifiable aspect of their character or background.
As a Higher Education provider and film school, we must push academic boundaries and, like film itself, challenge ossified thought that does anything but welcome two core values of our DNA: diversity and inclusion.
We want to be certain that our work on this issue will actively create the spaces in which our students can tell their stories.
LFS is a tremendously diverse community, one which strives for everyone to be equally represented and heard. We openly recognise that, right now, the wider world does not always foster such a thing in entirety without an active effort on the part of institutions like our own.
At its heart, we remain a film school that is truly international and diverse in perspective, impact, and student body, and we will ensure that this continues.
We recognise that there is a long way to go, much to do, many voices to learn from, all without exception. We will not get it right all the time, but we will listen and reflect to keep this conversation going.
Updates on committed actions taken will be published on this page.
Gisli Snaer, Director of LFS