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Jess By July 24, 2016 0 Comments

Ella Purnell helps launch a charity to raise awareness about forced marriage, honour killings and female genital mutilation.

Educate 2 Eradicate was founded by Arifa Nasim, 19, to educate people about honour abuse.

Actress Ella Purnell, 19, is events manager for the charity and helped organise the launch. The pair attended Forest School in Walthamstow together.

Ella approached Arifa after she gave a talk about the charity in school and offered to get involved.

Ella said: “I’ve always felt strongly about defending the defenceless.

“It is shocking the amount of times that I have had to define FGM and forced marriage to people because they just don’t know.

“E2E is a genuine grassroots organisation that works in schools and I want to be a part of that grassoots change.”

Arifa said: “As a young actress she does have a platform to reach people.

“She was very keen to get involved.

“She is indispensable. She plays such a huge role in connecting us to people.

“She tweets about us and lets young people know we exist.”

The launch dinner was held on Thursday, July 14, the national day of remembrance for victims of honour abuse.

Arifa, hosted the dinner at Frederick Bremer Secondary School in Walthamstow, which featured in reality TV show Educating the East End, in 2014.

Arifa said reaching out to schools is key to educating the next generation.

She said: “I think the evening was a tremendous success.

“We had representatives from 12 different schools, which is the most vital part of Educate 2 Eradicate.

“We believe that change happens in schools.”

Arifa, from Walthamstow, gives talks in schools in an effort to educate teachers about the signs to watch out for if students are at risk of abuse, FGM or forced marriage.

Marie By August 03, 2014 0 Comments

World Wide Motion Pictures Corporation will be presenting a special Boston-area screening of the award-winning film Ways to Live Forever. Based on British author Sally Nicholls’ best-selling novel, the surprisingly uplifting story centers on Sam, a spunky 12-year-old leukemia patient, and his best friend/fellow-patient, Felix. Together, they set out to achieve their dreams and despite dealing with illness, learn some inspirational lessons about family, friends, and the oddities of life.

The Tuesday, September 23, event will take place at the historic Somerville Theatre (55 Davis Square, Somerville, MA) at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased in advance through the Somerville Theatre or at the box office on The Day of the event. A portion of the proceeds go to benefit the Boston area chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), along with other cancer foundations and pediatric hospitals. Following successful premieres in Europe and Asia, the film was released in the U.S. last year by World Wide in partnership with LLS (http://lls.org), the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer, to raise further awareness of children’s cancers.

“Ways to Live Forever is a poignant film that illustrates how a boy and his family cope with leukemia,” states Sharon Klein, Executive Director of LLS Massachusetts. “This film is especially relevant today, because of the fact that more than 310,000 people are living with or in remission from Leukemia in the United States. LLS exists to find cures and ensure access to the best available treatments for all blood cancers. We will continue our fight until we live in a world without blood cancer.”

The film has garnered awards from around the world, including the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival’s Adult Jury Prize, Best Picture at the Bordeaux International Festival of Women in Cinema, the Heartland Film Festival Audience Award, and Best Feature Film from the European Children’s Film Association.

Ways to Live Forever stars critically acclaimed actors Ben Chaplin (The Thin Red Line, The Truth About Cats & Dogs), Greta Scacchi (The Player, Emma), Robbie Kay (ABC’s “Once Upon A Time,” Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Alex Etel (The Water Horse), Emilia Fox (“Pride And Prejudice”), and Ella Purnell (Maleficent, Intruders, Never Let Me Go).

Founded in 1977, World Wide Motion Pictures Corporation is a diversified company with shareholders throughout the world, primarily involved in the development, financing, production and distribution of feature films, documentaries, short subjects, industrials and television productions. World Wide’s industry executives and board members have produced, distributed and consulted on a wide variety of film and television projects, earning Academy awards, Emmy awards, and prizes from international film festivals.