A stellar debut film from award-winning journalist Nadine White, Barrel Children: The Families Windrush Left Behind peels back the layered tales of Caribbean youngsters who grew up away from their parents before migrating to join them in Britain.
The story of Windrush has come into painfully sharp focus in recent years but what is less well-known is the story of the children of these pioneers whose parents left to rebuild Britain and they only knew of through the ‘barrel' care packages sent back.
These are the children’s stories of reconciliation and rediscovery within a new world that made little sense to them.
Ms White, who funded and executive produced the film, added: “I hope this project will help to foster important conversations about the Barrel Child experiences, as well as bring about community cohesion and healing.”
The film features interviews from a number of former ‘Barrel Children’ including Neil Kenlock - the
founder of Britain’s first Black radio station Choice FM, renowned reggae music producer Blacker
Dread, former BBC broadcaster Evadney Campbell MBE and more.
Dr Elaine Arnold, who was recently appointed MBE by Buckingham Palace, also appears in the film as one of few British academics to have studied attachment theory in the context of Windrush.
Screening Q&A with Director Nadine White/Networking/spoken word performance.
Running Time: 3 hours, Rated U