“I am proud of what my parents achieved and their perseverance in this country that asked them to come then treated them so badly”. Judith Jacob
|The standards remain high for this year’s WCFF Closing ceremony hosted by Actress, Radio Host Judith Jacob. 3 awards are to be handed out: best short film, breakout film and best documentary. GET TICKETS HERE|
Jacob is a British actress best known for her role as the health visitor Carmel Roberts in the BBC soap opera EastEnders, a role she played from 1986 to 1989. She is also a member of the BIBI Crew which was founded in the 1980s by Joanne Campbell, Judith Jacob, Janet Kay, Suzette Llewellyn, Josephine Melville, Beverley Michaels and Suzanne Packer, the BiBi Crew is made up entirely of black actresses who co-wrote, directed, and produced their own plays. Their shows are performed in London and New York.
Jacob had a quick chat with ALT.
A: Why is the WCFF important?
The Windrush Caribbean Film Festival is important because it is important to document our experiences. We must tell our stories and not people who have not lived it.
When people like my parents came to this country they were pioneers. Coming into the unknown. Experiencing extreme hostility yet they survive and thrived. They worked extremely hard. Then their children who has lived in England for the majority of their lives are deported and threatened with deportation it becomes even more important for this Film Festival as a reminder of what was contributed and built on the strength of those pioneers.
A: What does being a child of the WIndrush generation mean to you?
I am proud of what my parents achieved and their perseverance in this country that asked them to come then treated them so badly.
They achieved what they wanted, that there children can have better prospects in life and that we did.
|Last year’s ceremony was significant for one of the winners (director Alex Kayode-Kay) whose short film “The Ballad of Olive Morris” premiered at the Windrush Caribbean Film Festival – going onto be nominated for best British short film at this year’s BAFTA film awards.|
|3 more awards will be handed out in recognition of Windrush campaigner Paulette Wilson (sponsored by Integriti Capital) and Barbadian filmmaker Menelik Shabazz (in partnership with Alt A Review). Actress Judith Jacob will host proceedings which also features a live poetry set from Croydon Poet Laureate Shaniqua Benjamin. Join us to attend this very special evening in partnership with Kamo Vodka and Alt A Review. So how do you match the heights of Brian Lara who attended the festival last week? Well we have some great guests for you this Friday including actor Rudolph Walker CBE, broadcaster Alex Pascall OBE and the BAFTA-winning filmmaker Adjani Salmon. Limited tickets are still available and include complimentary vodka and a Caribbean buffet.|