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source: Express & Star
published: 18 January 2020

Cameras have been rolling on a new film dealing with issues surrounding domestic abuse. The Saleem Foundation were making a film about domestic abuse with young actors.

Titled The Hidden Scars, it is being produced by Dudley-based charity The Saleem Foundation. It was set up by Shaz Saleem in memory of his grandfather and tireless charity campaigner Mohammed Saleem, who dedicated his life to helping those less fortunate.

Mr Saleem said: “The Saleem Foundation is committed to its cause of raising awareness for serious issues. Last year we raised awareness for liver cancer, breast cancer, homelessness, mental health and dementia. This year we have dedicated the first three months to raise awareness for domestic abuse.”

The film features actors from First Act Workshops including Hattie Leavitt-Dunn, Nicoletta Barrett, Alexander Westwood and Jamie Wilson alongside Tividale Community Primary School pupils Thomas Andrew Griffiths,aged 11, and Mara Ubhi,10.

The script was written by Mr Saleem who said he wanted to highlight issues including the impact of domestic abuse on children.

“This was a challenging project and I have been working on a script for two years. It’s a very sensitive topic and I didn’t want to use violence in the film. I’m very proud of the script and to actually see it come to life was overwhelming. I’m blessed to work with so many talented people and look forward to the release,” he added.

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