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This Short Film Is an Exceptional Take on Knife Crime's Impact on the Black British Community

'Velvet' is the latest from Nigerian-British director Iggy LDN, where he dives into an untold perspective on London's knife crime issue.

Iggy LDN is the London-based artist, director and writer you need to know.

The Nigerian-British creative has returned with a poignant visual using movement, music and emotion to tell a story about London's knife crime that one wouldn't see in mainstream coverage.

In Velvet, Iggy moves away from the tropes he's seen surrounding the deaths of young black men like gang violence and shares a new perspective on how knife crime impacts familial bonds. He was also inspired by the untimely death of model Harry Uzoka and the countless other Black British men who have lost their lives earlier this year.

"In such a socio-political climate, more needs to be said about the ongoing deaths, which not only affect families but whole communities," he says in a statement. "We cannot simply reduce lives to graphic headlines and repetitive rhetoric. It is this sort of crime that cannot go unheard."

Watch Velvet below.

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