Kush Films and British Urban Film Festival present a 70th Year Windrush Anniversary Film Screening programme of powerful short films reflecting the Windrush era and present-day migration and telling the troubling stories of migrant enslavement in Libya. This will be supported by a memorable live Streets Paved with Gold theatrical performance by Leicester actor Victor Richards all commemorating the ‘Windrush’ generation and the story of mass-migration with an emphasis on those that first arrived from the Caribbean; 70 years ago, on the ship Empire Windrush. The event will consist of a powerful theatrical performance by actor Victor Richards alongside the following short films. Main Image -Windrush Empire Boat
Film: Sorry We Don’t Help Darkies
A Caribbean family living in London’s Notting Hill during the tension and violence that led to the 1958 race riots, where black homes where targeted and smashed, comes to a brutal realisation that life in post war Britain is far from the ‘Mother Country’ that would welcome them with open arms as they had been told to get them aboard the ‘Empire Windrush’ boat to help England rebuild after World War II…Starring Richard Campbell, Michelle Greenidge, Jemima Ojona, Kai Francis-Lewis & Cameron Palmer Charles. Writer/Director: Travis Watson / 2013 /10 min
Performance: Streets Paved with Gold
A special live 20 min theatrical performance by much-liked Leicester actor Victor Richards telling the imagined story of one man’s plight as a member of the arriving Windrush Generation entitled Streets Paved with Gold. This will be accompanied by award-winning Streets Paved with Gold music/poetry video by Victor played at the start of the evening as part of the event program.
Film: The Dead Sea
An award-winning short film inspired by a true story from the recent Refugee Crisis. (It wasn’t too long after this film was made that worldwide news agencies reported migrants been enslaved in Libya). The story follows Emmanuel and Olu who, after almost reaching Europe by boat, are returned to Libya and incarcerated in one of its infamous migrant detention centres. THE DEAD SEA is the latest film from writer/director Stuart Gatt and stars Sope Dirisu (Humans, The Huntsman: Winter’s War), Joan Iyiola (Denial, A Season in the Congo) and Yasen Atour (Mission Impossible, Rogue Nation). Its affiliated charities are Medecins Sans Frontieres and Human Rights at Sea. Producer: Kate Glover UK / 2016 / 15 mins. Watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/X0kURWJ77_w
Film: Windrush Stories
A BUFF Originals/Voice Media Group co-production, Windrush Stories introduces us to the first generation of Caribbean migrants as they recall their experiences of arriving on British shores 70 years ago. Shot earlier this year, BUFF’s cameras went to West London along with Voice journalist Leah Sinclair to hear first-hand accounts from members of the Windrush generation. Dir: Clare Anyiam-Osigwe / UK / 15mins mins).
Guest Speakers & After-film Panel Discussion
From the world of politics and various well-standing Windrush/Community organisations there will be a panel of guest speakers, some of whom will be given the stage to address the audience and speak about their Windrush experiences and ongoing work.
The event will close with a Windrush panel discussion hosted by former Hackney Council Councillor, writer and Windrush activist Patrick Vernon OBE, discussing the legacy of the Windrush Generation and of course the ongoing government Windrush deportation scandal. Tickets: £12 (Discount for OAPs, Unemployed and Students When: Sat 9th June Time: 1.00pm – 4.00pm (with 1:30pm Start) Venue: Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent St, London, W1B. Book Tickets here