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Documenting the challenges and successes of Bristol’s BAME professionals

By grace thorn, Friday Aug 9, 2019

A powerful film by Babbasa documents the successes and challenges faced by some of Bristol’s most successful black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) professionals.

Featuring CEOs, entrepreneurs, filmmakers, the pro vice chancellor of the University of Bristol and many others, the video aims to inspire young people and drive for diversity in the workplace, while also depicting the struggles and racism faced.

People featured in the film include Azir Razzak, managing director and founder of A2Z Technologies, Silas Adekunle (main photo), CEO and co-founder of Reach Robotics, Michael Jenkins, the founder of 8th Sense Media and Keri Andriana, a successful businesswoman who runs a designer handbag business.

In the film, Ololade Adesanya, a financial services auditor, describes her own experience of facing unconscious bias, saying: “I guess that comes up more when you’re working in an environment that is less diverse.”

Babbasa, a youth empowerment organisation based in St Paul’s, collaborated with Plimsoll Productions to create the film.

The film was shown at a recent Ask About Me event, hosted by Bristol24/7 and Babbasa

Hear Our Stories: success & challenges of ethnic minority professionals shines a light on the great successes of BAME professionals in Bristol, but also highlights how much work is still to be done.

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