Bradford rappers' video highlights domestic violence issue

A still from the music video on domestic violence produced by rappers

A still from the music video on domestic violence produced by rappers

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford Chief Reporter

The first pictures from a hard- hitting new domestic violence video have been released to the Telegraph & Argus ahead of Monday’s official launch at the Alhambra Theatre.

The short music film called Stuck in Chains will be screened on the big screen at City Park once the premiere, which is expected to be attended by 200 people, is over.

It was created and produced by Conor Butler, 18, who hopes to become a film director.

The Bradford College student was joined by fellow teenagers to film the piece, which addresses the impact of domestic abuse from the point of view of young people, through rap music and film, and highlights where young people can find help.

It will be launched during Bradford’s Safeguarding Week on Monday at 5.30pm.

Josh Depass AKA Jae Depz/JD is a 22-year-old musician who got involved after working with the Bradford Youth Service.

He said: “On the service’s Btalented scheme, three other artists joined who I had known and made music with previously.

“This was a great opportunity to start writing music about things we were now more aware of from working in different areas across Bradford.

“One of these issues was domestic violence which we all had some experience and knowledge of, so we were commissioned to write and record a track focusing on this issue. With the help of Conor, we were able to create a video/short film for the track.”

Youth worker Jason Baker said: “The issues I faced while growing up turned into who I am today.

“When I managed to free myself from the awful circumstances that challenged me, I knew that I wanted to make sure people knew that they shouldn’t have to put up with it too, and they are not alone.”

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