Some Truth About Youth
09 June 2010, 10:26
Ten young filmmakers, trained and supported by the British Youth Council (BYC), worked together to produce this 40-minute documentary about youth activism.
The film asked members of the older generation what they could do to improve the society they live in, and politicians, leaders, campaigners and activists all agreed that young people can make a difference.
Jack Rowley, 24, vice-chair of the BYC, said: "This film highlights that young people have always played an important part in society – so why are we still the underdogs?
"It's high time that young people's contributions are recognised, and we're delighted that these top figures are leading the way by acknowledging the part that young people play in changing our society for the better.
"Through getting involved with campaigning and media projects like this, young people can make a real difference by coming together and getting their voices heard."
Speaking in the documentary Secretary of State for Business, Lord Mandelson, former vice-chairman of the BYC, advised young people: "Don't get mad, get organised. If everyone reached the conclusion that there's nothing that they as an individual can do to effect change, then change won't happen."
The film encourages young people to explore their cultural heritage, using resources such as the British Library and the British Film Institute (BFI).
The British Youth Council is a youth-led organisation for young people aged 25 and under across the UK.