A trilogy of early short films by the pioneering Midlands based filmmaker Yugesh Walia, exploring themes of culture and identity in 1980s Britain, presenting a unique cultural record and perspectives of those turbulent times for Asian and Black immigrant communities in the UK.
Mirror, Mirror (1980) 25 mins
Premiering at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 1980, Yugesh Walia’s debut short film is one of the first to explore the cultural conflicts experienced by young Asians born in the UK whose parents were first generation immigrants.
Sweet Chariot (1981) 23 mins
The influence of black urban blues on many white recording artists is indisputable. Eric Clapton recorded ‘Swing Low Sweet Chariot’ while being responsible for some controversial views on repatriation of immigrants. Taking this irony as its basic theme, this short film attempts to show the way in which white society adopts black culture – focusing on music, dance and fashion – and yet rejects it through racism.
African Oasis 35 mins
The Handsworth Cultural Centre in Birmingham was a community-based arts project initiated and funded by the Probation Service in the 70s to channel the energies of young black offenders into arts and performance. Within a few years the centre moved from being an after-care facility to an oasis of cultural activity for Handsworth’s black community. African Oasis focuses on ‘Kokuma’, the centre-based dance and drumming group, the music recording studio, and the building of an African village to the rear of the centre.
The screenings will be followed by a live onstage Q&A with Yugesh Walia.
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