Award-winning University of Leicester film Harms of Hate revisited a decade on

University of Leicester’s Centre for Hate Studies will revisit its award-winning short film The Harms of Hate, a decade on.

In a new film, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, Revisiting the Harms of Hate sees Professor Neil Chakraborti reconnect with original film participants and other victims of hate crime to assess their experiences over the past decade.

The film will premiere at Leicester’s Phoenix Cinema and Arts Centre on 8 November as part of the 2023 Festival of Social Science funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

At the event, the Centre for Hate Studies will record a live podcast episode of Hidden Hate featuring Alison Vincent, CEO of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation and Rose Simpkins, CEO of Stop Hate UK. The recording will be followed by a Q&A with the panel.

Dr Amy Clarke, Deputy Director of the Centre for Hate Studies will also interview some of the film’s participants alongside filmmaker, Hayley Evans.

Dr Clarke said: “Hosting this Festival of Social Science event allows us to share our work more broadly with a public audience, and engage with them in some difficult conversations about hate in everyday life.

Professor Neil Chakraborti, Director of the Centre for Hate Studies said: “This event takes place at a time when hate crimes have trebled in the ten years since our original film.

“Our new film showcases how experiences of hostile behaviour have been affected by the events of an extraordinary decade, and in doing so it gives a voice to the ‘voiceless’: people who all too often are disadvantaged based on being ‘hard to reach’ – or perhaps more pertinently ‘easy to ignore.’”

More information about the event, as well as event booking, can be found on the 2023 Festival of Social Science website.