Windrush Past And Present: Film And Discussion

Wednesday 11th October

Presented by Serendipity Institute for Black Arts and Heritage in partnership with Phoenix


Programmed to mark the seventy-fifth anniversary of the arrival of the HMT Empire Windrush, two films explore the often-untold stories, enriching narratives and connections across the African Caribbean Diaspora.

A Very Brit(ish) Voice

Director: Jaha Browne
Producer: Serendipity
Year: 2019
Runtime: 33 Minutes
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Genre: Documentary

A Very Brit(ish) Voice is an award-winning documentary film that explores the stories of Caribbean people who travelled in the UK between 1948 and 1971 and settled in Leicester.  The film tells these stories through the voices seven otherwise ‘missing voices’ and reflects their experiences in the community.  With contributions from Dennis ‘Sugar’ Christopher, Nelista Cuffy, Elaine Hinds, Robert Lee, Pearl Ricketts, Boston Williams and musical storytelling from Mellow Baku; the film captures the experiences of the Windrush Generation and that of the present generation in their own words.

Interpretations – Siren Calls: To an Illusive Journey

Director: Serendipity
Year: 2022
Runtime: 34 Minutes
Language: English, Amharic
Country: United Kingdom
Genre: Documentary

Commissioned by Serendipity Institute for Black Arts and Heritage Siren Calls: To an Illusive Journey was a performance piece, commissioned to honour the Windrush generation and crystallise their experiences.  Composed by Philip Herbert with two independent choreographic interpretations by Monique Jonas and Thomas Tawala Prestø, the film showcases behind the scenes footage and interviews.  Interpretation – Siren Calls: To an Illusive Journey is a unique look into a multifaceted creative practice, a story of hope, aspiration and dreams.

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