Documentary to explore the legacy of Independence for Britain’s Pakistani communities

Picture: Lorne Campbell / Guzelian The QED centre on Vicar Lane, Bradford, West Yorkshire. PICTURE TAKEN ON MONDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2015

The legacy of Independence for Britain’s Pakistani communities will be explored at a special event at the National Science and Media Museum on Wednesday 4 July.

The documentary A Journey Worth 70 Years looks at how the largest population movement in modern history affected those who later migrated to the UK and continues to shape the lives of future generations. The film follows the stories of three families, showing their struggles to adapt to their new homes and how they have gone on to make a positive contribution to British society whilst retaining strong links with Pakistan.

‘Historical accounts of Independence often concentrate on traumatic events that pulled communities apart,’ says Dr Mohammed Ali OBE, chief executive of Bradford-based QED Foundation, who will be sharing his personal story at the screening. ‘But this film shows that it also created many opportunities.

‘Like many Asian immigrants of his day, my father worked in the textile mills but he realised that education opened doors. He encouraged me to study and now QED Foundation helps 1,000 people a year to settle in to British life through training and support into work.’

The film was commissioned by the British Council in Pakistan as part of a research project on identity and conflict. It was produced by SOC Films, which is led by Oscar/Emmy winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinov.

Sarah Hassan, head of digital marketing communications, says: ‘It invites families to reflect on the lives they have left behind, their changing relationships with both the UK and Pakistan and how their experiences are absorbed and interpreted by the next generation of British Pakistanis. The documentary starts a conversation on identity, culture and community and strikes a chord with first-, second- and third-generation immigrants.’

The film marks 70 years of Independence and of the British Council in Pakistan.

The special screening is part of Bradford Literary Festival and will be held from 7 – 8.30pm. Admission is free and tickets can be booked at https://bradfordlitfest.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173587845

For more information contact Dr Mohammed Ali OBE on 01274 545000 or 07812 010918, email m.ali@qed-uk.org or visit www.qed-uk.org

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