Wed 30 Oct / 6pm
Significant changes in the Commonwealth Act, and key shifts in global politics during the late fifties, sixties and seventies had huge impact on migrants already resident in the UK, and those wanting to move here. During those years, many South Asian’s sought a new home in Britain, compelled to relocate after political events in Africa.
This film documents personal stories of some of those who came to make their new life in Birmingham and the Black Country. A story of loss, discovery, courage, and often of success, these real-life stories also reflect on the contribution the South Asian community makes to the economic and cultural diversity of the region.
Over a period of more than six months, DESIblitz.com journalists, supported by a team of volunteers, have been filming and recording the personal stories of South Asians who found themselves having to leave their family homes and businesses in Africa, and start again, in a new country.
Many chose to make the journey to Britain, but changes in policies, in particular the Commonwealth Act, and the adaptations it went under during the sixties and seventies, led to an uneasy transition for some. Just like today, the issue of immigration was a hot topic for both political and public debate.
The earlier 1958 Commonwealth Institute Act, the Commonwealth Immigrants Act of 1962, (and its amendments of ‘68 and ‘71), all impacted on their experience in the UK. That period in history also saw Enoch Powell deliver his now infamous ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech.
This film captures first-hand accounts of the difficulties and challenges faced by those arriving in the UK seeking a new home, wanting the opportunity to build new lives, new businesses, and forge their own place within local communities. It reflects too, on the impact their arrival and work has made on the economic and cultural make-up of the West Midlands and the wider UK over the decades following their arrival.
Please join us for a very special screening of film highlights, plus a live Q&A featuring four of those who have shared their stories with us for this exciting Oral History project.
1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham. B1 2HS.
Times: Doors open at 6.00pm for drinks reception. Screening will begin promptly at 7.00pm.
Book your free tickets at DESIblitz.com, visit Ikon’s reception, or call the gallery, on 0121 248 0708.