RIP Seni Film
Overnight on 24th June 2020, graffiti reading ‘RIP SENI’ appeared on a public artwork outside Bethlem Royal Hospital, a psychiatric hospital in South London. The red spray-painted letters called attention to Seni Lewis, a 23-year-old black man who died at the hands of 11 police officers while in the care of the hospital in 2010. The artwork had been created by Turner-prize nominee Mark Titchner. It was made up of eight placards asking questions about mental capacity and assessment, creating a powerful resonance between the artwork and the new graffiti. This film reflects multiple perspectives, from mental health professionals to families who have lost loved ones in police custody, prisons and psychiatric hospitals. It explores Seni’s story, the crisis of mental health and racism in the UK, the long fight for justice and what happens when members of the public take art into their own hands.
This film is a reaction to that event. Please follow the Instagram to keep up to date and hear more about Seni’s story: http://bit.ly/2ZKXymc
You can see the film at the ShefDoc 2021 website https://selects.sheffdocfest.com/film/rip-seni/
This film was made by Daisy Ifama, Grace Shutti and Lucy Owen and Lizzie Reid