Britain on film: South Asian Britain


March 17, 2018 16.00, FREE

As part of the Britain on film tour (Independent Cinema Office) we are screening South Asian Britain, a documentary celebrating the South Asian Community in Britain. The documentary weaves together archive footage from across the UK throughout the 20th century and touches on disparate communities originally from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Footage includes an unusually early study of London’s multiculturalism in 1924. A festival at Britain’s first mosque, Indian regiments being mobilised for the Second World War. The hostility faced by Bangladeshi migrants in 1970s East End and second generation youth in the 1980s exploring the roots of their culture in music and dance.

The screening will be introduced by writer Suman Bhuchar.

Suman works in arts production, press and marketing and making documentaries. She wrote the first ever Bollywood column for a mainstream paper in The Herald, Glasgow and has written for The Telegraph, Calcutta and www.asianculturevulture.com . She makes podcasts for www.theatrevoice.com has co-produced a Radio 4 documentary, Lights, Camera, Akshun! looking at the surprising roots of Indian cinema. http://www.culturewise.org/lights-camera-akshun/. Her work has contributed to the growth of the arts and cultural map of Britain.

Doors open at 16.00 (Screening starts at 16.30).

Tickets are FREE but must be booked here on eventbrite.

The screening is part of a full day of activity at Rabbits Road Institute exploring cultural identity and what being British means. Other events include a free workshop with artist Samiya Younis and panel discussion “Where is home?” with Burnt Roti magazine. Editor of Burnt Roti, Sharan Dhaliwal is joined by producer, singer, writer and spoken word artist Reeta Loi, photographer Vivek Vadoliya and visual artist Raksha Patel to talk about belonging and what being British means to South Asians in the community now. (18.30-19.30)