The Story of AMANI

Amani is a short film that weaves the tale and inner reflections of a young man who was brutally stabbed 7 times. Based on a true story, the short film sheds light on the harsh reality many youths face today. Amani Simpson, the victim of the attack decided to transform his negative experience into an eye-opening one – “Seven years ago I was stabbed seven times after a series of negative choices. Today I am able to stand proud and share part of my story with the world. My mission is not to glorify myself but to save as many young lives as possible by speaking from experience and sharing the solutions that transformed my life” (Amani Simpson). 

After battling PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and rebuilding his life through social enterprise and personal development, Amani is on a mission to empower young people. He hopes to encourage young people to make positive choices and aspire higher before it’s too late. To achieve this Amani will take the short film into local schools and cinemas, he also wants to start empowerment workshops from January 2019.

With the growing increase of knife crimes and violence amongst youth, Amani’s decision to motivate and encourage young people is welcomed. In 2016, statistics showed that 95% of those caught with a knife are male and 60% are under the age of 25 years old (BBC NEWS). Just two weeks ago, a 14-year-old boy was stabbed to death in East London; his hopes to start boxing academy can no longer be achieved, along with many other hopes and dreams. The victims of knife crime are not humanised by their killers, they’re simply viewed as ‘opps’ (opponents) that need to be dealt with. The lack of regard results in the desensitisation of violence and death, and the phrase kill or be killed becomes a lifestyle. 

The film ‘Amani’ aims to reveal the ugliness of an existence that is riddled with drugs, violence, and bad decisions. The film which stars Jovian Wade, (The First Purge, Shiro’s Story) has racked up over 1.3 million views and can be found on MYM’s {Million Youth Media} YouTube channel. It’s something you don’t want to miss. Watch it, Like it, Share it!

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You do a wonderful job with those kids that need us so much. I will definitely join you as a volunteer!

Lorraine Franklin

It's always a pleasure to work with these guys - they know what they want and that is why they achieve their goals. Thanks a lot for the team spirit and your work!

Brett Lewis

My daughter learned a lot from the team in the workshops she attended. She's growing into a very personable young lady!

Dianna Young