"Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls" - Ingmar Bergman
Film is one of the most powerful mediums we have at our disposal, especially when we want to change the world we live in. This is why, Alchemy use innovation and imagination as an instrument for social change, and our cutting edge films and documentaries tackle topics, ideas and issues often not explored.
Through the medium of film we humanise subject matters that are current, sensitive and vital to empowering society and shining the light on stories that have yet to be told.
Dementia does not discriminate
Although no data is currently available regarding dementia in different ethnic groups, it is likely that dementia will be more common among Asian and Black Caribbean elders. This is because high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and heart disease, which are risk factors for dementia, are more common in these communities.
A reluctance to discuss the condition, which is often perceived as just plain 'madness' prevents many BME sufferers from seeking the help that they need.
A magazine that was published in 2009 quotes the military historian Major Gordon Corrigan as saying: "The role of the British Indian army was vital to the war effort; had they not helped fortify the front line during the First World War the Germans might well have broken through and made it to the Channel ports. Of the 1.5 million Indians who constituted the volunteer force during the First World War, approximately 400,000 were Muslims."