Schools, colleges and universities

The Samosa delivers creative film and media workshops to schools, colleges, universities and community groups across London and the UK. Facilitated by a professional arts practitioner, we use the medium of film to explore social, cultural and political issues that are relevant to young people today, including racism, religious tensions, immigration and women’s rights.

Working closely with the groups, we identify the topics they would like to explore, challenge existing stereotypes and encourage critical thinking.  

Using resources developed from the RSA Pakistan Calling films, our online journalism archives, and our work on Dara and with Laal and the Asian Dub Foundation, we look at:

CAREERS IN MEDIA AND THE ARTS – Participants will be given the opportunity to meet with media professionals during the workshop programme and consider different vocations within the arts

DIVERSITY IN MEDIA – We will consider how diverse the media and arts sectors are and how this impacts minority communities

POWER OF MEDIA – We will explore how media portrayals of a community, group or situation can shape society’s perceptions

POTENTIAL THEMES: Islamophobia, racism, community tensions, history of migration, prejudice, identity, perception

PRACTICAL FILM-MAKING – We can work with participants to create their own short films on the topics explored

Some examples of films produced through our education workshops and curriculum partnerships are below:

UEL 2020: Identity and race project

At the start of February 2020, the Level 5 journalism students from the University collaborated with The Samosa to study, investigate, research what identity means to them, also wider identity politics and debates. The students developed their ideas and made a series of short films, informed by their research and discussions and a website.

Sir John Cass Sixth Form Question Time : 2019

This Question Time was developed through workshops run by Samosa Media with students, then produced and filmed by the students themselves.

Topics – Brexit, Junk food, Sexism and Climate Crisis. Organised, produced and recorded by students following a series of study workshops with Samosa Media.

UEL students debate media and sexualisation with The Samosa Media

Over two terms in 2018/2019, the Level 5 journalism students from the University collaborated with arts and media charity Samosa Media to investigate the effects of sexualisation within the media on young women, in particular. 

Sir John Cass Sixth Form Question Time : Winter 2018

This Question Time was developed through workshops run by Samosa Media with students, then produced and filmed by the students themselves. The event followed the format of the popular BBC show Question. Topics discussed were knife crime, Brexit, racism and tuition fees.

The importance of education and the arts to working class young people

Anwar Akhtar’s talk to Sir John Cass sixth form on 25th October 2018 about the importance of arts and introduces students to Samosa Media’s extra curriculum workshops.

The Prevent Programme : A Conversation – In collaboration with the Samosa Media and UEL

In early January 2018, UEL collaborated with the Samosa Media to produce a film about the Prevent Programme. The film highlights a range of views on the ‘Prevent’ anti-terrorism strategy, touching on issues such as extremism, gender equality, terrorism, Islamophobia, UK foreign policy, Palestine and freedom of speech.

Sir John Cass Sixth Form Question Time : Summer 2018

The students of Sir John Cass Sixth Form and The Samosa Media produced a Question Time Project.
Topics of discussion include Brexit, British Foreign Policy, Grenfell and Islamaphobia – This debate fuses History, Politics and Media in an attempt to understand the major issues that are affecting young people in East London, as well as the wider world.

Anwar’s Manchester 4/4 Talk, Cities, Tolerance, Multi culturalism May 2017

Anwar Akhtar, founder and director of The Samosa, debates why the Prevent anti-extremism programme is failing students and discusses Manchester’s links with South Asia in a talk at the 4 x 4 Manchester conference in May 2017.

Partition Stories film in collaboration with the Samosa Media and UEL

In 2018 The Samosa and UEL created Partition Stories. Partition Stories is a film of interviews and reflections on 1947 and its legacy today for India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Britain. This film is a joint venture between film-maker and University of East London MA student Rishabh Shrivastav, journalism students from the University of East London, and The Samosa media project.

Brexit: A Country Divided? : A conversation in collaboration with the Samosa Media and UEL

This film is a joint venture between journalism students at the University of East London and The Samosa. Sponsored by UEL’s Civic Engagement fund.

If you are a school, college, sixth form or university tutor who is interested in having their students work with us then please get in touch with us at