The Windrush Caribbean Film Festival closed with a successful first year in-person screening in Birmingham on Sunday 17 July 2022 with the handing out of the festival awards including the coveted Paulette Wilson Justice award.
· The Ballad of Olive Morris by Alex Kayode-Kay wins Best Short Film
· Arts of Conflict – The Discourse of Notting Hill Carnival by Tony Oldham wins Best Feature Film-
· Art of Oppression by Patricia Francis wins Best Film
· Wendy Williams CBE awarded the Paulette Wilson Justice Award sponsored by Integriti Capital
The Windrush Caribbean Film Festival (WCFF) Film Awards have already become the must-have gong for all festival entrants. This year the awards were handed out at the closing screening in Birmingham on 17 July 2022.
The Best Short Film honour was handed to film maker, Alex Koyode-Kay for his film on the little known story of a young community activist, Olive Morris. The Ballad Of Olive Morris is a short film which shows a true life incident in Brixton, London in 1969. 17 year old Olive Morris was assaulted by police officers after she tried to prevent a Nigerian diplomat from being arrested and assaulted under false pretences by the Metropolitan police officers.
This film was very timely as it coincided with the anniversary of Olive’s death on 12 July 1979.
Best Feature Film was awarded to Tony Oldham the producer/director of Arts of Conflict – The Discourse of Notting Hill Carnival. Chosen by the viewers. The Notting Hill Carnival has been described as Europe’s largest street festival, but in the UK many feel it’s been demonised by the media, police, politicians and local residents unfairly.
This is the story of the controversial event, from its inception out of the 1950s London race riots, to its present-day.
The final accolade which is given from the festival’s content is the Best Film. This year the award goes to Patricia Frances for Art of Oppression. This film uses a documentary format to allow three diverse female artists to use their art to speak of marginalisation and injustice.
The coveted award which has become synonymous with the festival is the Paulette Wilson Justice Award. This year the recipient is Wendy Williams CBE for all her determination to deliver a strong report on the causes of the Windrush scandal and lessons learned for the Home Office.
Speaking after the awards she said, “I am both honoured and privileged to accept the Paulette Wilson Justice Award and I am particularly humbled when I think about the person in whose name the award is being given.”
This award is sponsored by Integriti Capital and was launched in honour of the Windrush campaigner who sadly passed away before she could be compensated as a result of the Windrush scandal. Throughout her campaign, Paulette fought tirelessly against her own deportation to Jamaica and for all others affected by the scandal. Her efforts brought media attention to the human rights violations of those caught up in the Windrush scandal.
“The experiences of Paulette Wilson were both harrowing and unjust and it was a privilege for me to have the opportunity to document her experiences and the experiences of so many others. I can only hope that my review has played a small part in telling the stories of those from the Windrush generation who were badly affected.” Continued, recipient Wendy Willams CBE.