New media co-op production ‘Tax On Me’ premieres on Friday 11th August 2017 at 2pm, in Glasgow. Book free tickets here.
Producer, directer and star of the new 4-minute film is Kiana Kalantar-Hormozi, a young film-maker with disabilties, at media co-op on an internship funded by SCVO/Inclusion Scotland’s Disability Equality Internship Programme.
The ‘Care Tax’ affects Kiana and over 10,000 other people with disabilities in Scotland.
Kiana makes her protest against the injustice of care charges using the unexpected format of hip-hop – with music track by the renowned Indian-Scottish hip-hop artist Bigg Taj, recent winner of third place in the UK Beatbox Championships.
media co-op producer Louise Scott says “I first met Kiana when she was a student at the Screen Academy and I was her industry tutor. media co-op gave Kiana the chance to make her film ‘Tax on Me’ because we’re so impressed by her talent as a film-maker, and we’re outraged about the ‘Care Tax’. All of us at media co-op are tremendously proud of Kiana’s film. As a young disabled woman entering the film industry, Kiana is already battling against discrimination and prejudice. It’s so unfair that on top of that, she is financially penalised just because she needs support to do her job. We hope her film helps get the protest message out to more people.”
‘Tax On Me’ tells Kiana’s own story. Kiana needs support to make her daily life possible; the ‘Care Tax’ claws back money from her wages, benefits and student bursary. She sees it as unjust financial discrimination against disability. Her new film “fights the Care Tax one beat at a time”.