articles about Engage film

01/07/2014 ForcesWatch comment

On Thursday 26 June 2014, we launched our new short documentary film 'Engage: the military and young people', at Friends House in London. A packed and diverse audience watched the film, which was very well-received. Speakers included Ben Griffin, founder of Veterans for Peace UK, Sam Hepworth from Headliners (the youth journalists charity who made the film) and some of the young filmmakers, and Owen Everett, Education Campaign worker at ForcesWatch.

23/06/2014 ForcesWatch press release

A week after the government pledged a further £1 million for more cadet forces in state secondary schools, a new film is launched which shows that many young people are critical of the promotion of military activities in their schools.

ForcesWatch are working with the charity Headliners, who work with 8-18 year olds, to make the film about young people's encounters with the military (i.e. the UK Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defence), and what they think of them.

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The film will give young people a voice on how they feel about the involvement of the military in their lives - from advertising campaigns, the entertainment and gaming industries to visits by the armed forces to schools and colleges and public events such as Armed Forces Day, and much more. The military spend many millions each year attracting young people in order to recruit them or to give them a positive view of the armed forces. This film is a chance for young people to tell them what they think about this. It will encourage them to reflect on and debate why the military is so keen to engage with them. As far as we are aware nothing like this has ever been made in the UK.