Rise Against Fanaticism Through the Arts 

A Scriptwriting Award launched by Sohaya Visions and Mukul & Ghetto Tigers

Faraaz Ayaaz Hossain received several posthumous awards for his bravery against violent extremism on July 1st 2016 at the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka. As a 20 year old Muslim man, he had the chance to leave the café, but he chose to remain behind with his friends.

 

How can we honour his memory without exposing ourselves to harm and persecution? How can we begin to tackle the rise of fanaticism around us?

 

With the theatre production, TERROR, in November 2019, Sohaya Visions and Mukul & Ghetto Tigers launched a new scriptwriting competition, RAFTA (Rise Against Fanaticism Through the Arts).

 

We invited the submission of scripts that addressed fanaticism, extremism, and xenophobia across the spectrum – whether it be Islamism or white nationalism.

 

The script needed to be an original piece of work that promotes tolerance and understanding in imaginative ways.

 

The winner was awarded £1,000 to develop the work with Sohaya Visions and Mukul & Ghetto Tigers to performance stage.

 

Due to the quality and quantity of submissions, 5 runner-up scripts were selected for a reading with professional actors in London, and a further 9 commended and to be included as readings in a RAFTA festival in 2022.

  

“I wanted to explore what it takes for someone to stand up against extremism. Today we are seeing the rise of extremism across the world including in Britain. It covers all shades – from Islamism to white nationalism.  It tries to dominate through fear and persecution of anyone who begs to differ. It has a pernicious presence that needs to be extinguished.”  
(Raminder Kaur on Terror)

RAFTA 
Competition

Winners

Commendations

MAATBRING by Sadhana Ahmed

HOME by Tony Chapman

AGATHE by Angela J. Davis

UTOPIA by Grant Foxon

CASSANDRA REVERSED by Jasmine King

WEST COUNTRY OREINTAL GENTLEMAN by Jaisal Marmion

HURDLES by David Pearson

BRICKS by Ron Radice

DEMAGOGUERYNESS by J.R. Sapulding Jr

RAFTA 2021 winner

ALLAH'S OWN COUNTRY by Kaamil Shah

 

RAFTA 2021 runner-ups

BULLET SONGS by Linsey Andrews

END OF LINE by Megan Hoche

MABRUSKA’S LAMENT by Marc Littman

FASCISTS AND THE PEOPLE WHO KILL THEM by Kyle A. Smith

THE GRAND MARCH by Pooja Sivaraman