Windrush: Songs in a Strange Land

By November 9, 2018Blog

Our relationship with the British Library has grown over the years and together we have accomplished a lot of amazing projects. It was an honour and a privilege to collaborate to bring stories of members of the Caribbean Social Forum to screen for the Windrush: Songs in a Strange Land exhibition at the British Library.

The Caribbean Social Forum wished for this to be a legacy project which represented people from all Caribbean islands. It was also an opportunity to preserve “Caribbean history”,  specifically celebrating unsung local caribbean heroes, who came to the UK in the 1950s – 70s and had an impact on local communities and on British society as a whole.












Top to bottom row : Sonia McIntosh MBE, Civil Servant – House of Parliament, arrived from Jamaica 1966. Keith Corbin, Transport for London & Royal Mail, arrived from London in 1965. Tony Durrant MBE JP, Director, Positive Action North West, arrived from St Vincent in 1967. Irma Reid, Cardiac NHS Nurse, arrived from Trinidad in 1970

This production was supported by Chocolate Films alumnae Aisha. Aisha is a keen and passionate young filmmaker who took part in our first Blue Stockings documentary project, and has since then gone on to make her own films and to work with us on a variety of film projects. “This workshop was slightly different from previous ones I have attended as there were fewer participants involved in the shoot. I helped with set up and looked after one of the cameras during filming. My parents are of African heritage and arrived here in the 80s, so the workshop itself was an educational experience for me in terms of filmmaking and Black British history. Daniel (one of Chocolate Films Filmmakers) was supportive in helping me understand the creative vision and set up he had for the project. It was thought-provoking to listen to each individual’s stories in terms of residence, rights, employment, and education in black communities.”

The wonderful stories collected by our filmmakers have now been made into a short and insightful film showing the experiences of many Caribbean people who made Britain their home.

Our work on the topic of Windrush continues and have recently produced a new 1000 Londoner  series dedicated to it. To celebrate the new series, we will be hosting screenings around London, so be sure to secure your ticket to watch more wonderful stories.

Screening Dates and times

National Portrait Gallery 16th November 2018 19:00. Please click here to book tickets.

Barbican 17th November 2018 15:00. Please click here to book tickets.

Kenton Evangelical Church  23rd November 2018 19:30. Please click here for more info.

Curzon Soho 5th December 2018 18:45. Please click here to book tickets.

Ritzy Cinema 6th December 2018 20:30.  Please click here for more info.


Filmmaking workshop Opportunity 📣 Are you a young person who lives in South Westminster? Come along! Take part in our creative documentary Workshop. Date: 26th October Time: 9am - 4pm Location: Bessborough Family Hub, London SW1V 2JD Sign up by contacting 07966 194597…