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A short film exploring how a mother and son deal with the trauma of the Windrush scandal and the government's hostile legislation.
Against the backdrop of the Windrush scandal, a Jamaican mother struggles to keep her relationship with her son intact. Despite the government's aggressive anti-immigration tactics, she keeps the threat of deportation a secret. As her psychological state begins to deteriorate, she grapples with the fear of losing her son and the country she calls home.
We want to tell this story to raise awareness of consistent discrimination against the Jamaican diaspora and to provoke new ways of thinking about the legacy of British colonial history, beyond just statistics.
It is estimated that 15,000 of the Commonwealth migrants arriving in the UK before 1971, were Jamaicans, many of them arriving to fill post-war UK labour shortages. The Home Office kept no record of those granted leave to remain and issued no paperwork - making it difficult for Windrush arrivals to prove their legal status. A review of historical cases found that at least 83 individuals who had arrived before 1973 had been removed from the country.
Efforts by the Home Office to remedy the injustices suffered by people caught up in the Windrush scandal are ongoing. The Windrush compensation scheme is operational, and legislation underpinning the scheme received Royal Assent in June 2020. But some stakeholders remain dissatisfied with aspects of the Home Office's response to the scandal, for example citing ongoing delays in processing cases and applications for compensation.
Windrush generation: *Government action to ‘right the wrongs’
Published Monday, June 22, 2020 Melanie Gower
Lenny Henry Meets up with Sam King to chat about the the West indians arriving back in the UK after the second world war. Edited on Fcp with director Hardeep Giani.
They came here as children, their families invited by the British Government to help rebuild the country. Decades later many have faced deportation because of strict immigration rules. The UK government has now promised that the deportations will stop. MORE ON THIS STORY: https://www.channel4.com/news/the-win... - OUR SERIES ON THE WINDRUSH GENERATION Subscribe to us and get more videos from Channel 4 News https://www.youtube.com/c/channel4news
The personal stories of the Windrush generation - British people from the West Indies who came here to live, often before their islands became independent states - have shocked the world. They have worked and lived in the UK for decades, but some are now finding that their status in this country, as citizens, is being questioned and doubted. In one community centre in Peterborough, England, every Friday a group of elderly British West Indians, many of whom served in Britain's armed forces and even fought in wars for this country, gather for lunch and for company. They told us what their lives here mean to them and how they feel about their country.
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