Same But Different is a three-year project which seeks to highlight how
diverse the county of Herefordshire really is. Developed in partnership
with Herefordshire Council Diversity Team, and funded by the Equality
and Human Rights Commission, we liaised with some 50 local
organisations, and involved over 200 individuals in filmmaking
activities to voice their experiences of being the same, but different.
As part of the project we organised a conference to launch
the Same But Different DVD pack and raise the level of debate about
equality and diversity in rural areas. Click here to the read all about the conference and watch the video below for a flavour of the event.
The latest version of the DVD which contains 23 ‘trigger’ films is now available and includes a facilitator’s training pack, which covers all of the Equality & Human Rights Commission’s ‘protected characteristics’:• age
• gender reassignment
• marriage and civil partnership
• pregnancy and maternity
• religion or belief
• sexual orientation
Over the past year The Rural Media Company has been screening these films across the county to schools, community groups and other organisations. The DVD is ideally suited for use within diversity training and social education settings. Each short personal testimony will help raise awareness and challenge stereotypes in a poignant, entertaining and thought-provoking manner. Together, the suite of films burst myths and reveal some surprising truths all of which are particularly relevant to rural areas.
Hold your own film screening
If you or your organisation would like to host a Same But Different screening you can request a free copy of the DVD and facilitator’s training pack. Rural Media can also provide equipment for the screening together with a facilitator free of charge if required. Contact Francesca on 01432 344039 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
“We wish to thank the people in this film who were willing to stand proud and tell their extraordinary stories to camera,” commented Nic Millington, Project Director for Same But Different. “We hope they will encourage a more equal society and help us celebrate tolerance and diversity”.
Check out the Same But Different blog.
Introduction to 'Same But Different'
The films were premiered at Borderlines 2011 Film Festival to a packed
audience, with a welcome by the then Mayor of Hereford, Cllr Anna Toon.
Jesse Norman MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire set the context
for the project saying, “These films are little gems, and should be
shown in cinemas up and down the country.” View the DVD introductory film above.