By KLTV Newsdesk –
Kirklees Local Television is delighted to announce the live premiere of their film, Windrush: The Years After, A Community Legacy on Film, at the Brian Jackson House in Huddersfield on Friday 30 September.
The Premiere will coincide with the public launch of the film on Kirklees Local TV and YouTube in early October.
KLTV has invited delegates from across the Yorkshire region and the African-Caribbean community, including councilors, heads of service, and local community activists.
The evening will be hosted by Onita Harrison. Onita’s career spans public, private, voluntary and community sectors.
A former technology advisor to the European Commission, Home Office Race Equality Advisor and advisor to the MacPherson report during the Stephen Lawrence enquiry, Onita currently advocates for detainees’ rights in the criminal justice system.
The evening will feature authentic African-Caribbean food from Gravy’s Caribbean Cuisine and entertainment in the form of musical performances from Huddersfield’s Gospel Choir and the Leeds-based Foxwood Panyard’s Steel Pan Group. The Deputy Mayor of Kirklees will also be in attendance to give a short speech.
After the showing, an expert panel will provide unique insights into the film through social, cultural, and historical analysis, and guests will have the opportunity to ask questions during a Q&A session.
The evening’s events are being hosted in partnership with High Street Heritage Action Zones, a heritage-led regeneration initiative led by Historic England.
A Legacy on Film
Windrush: The Years After, A Community Legacy on Film explores the social and cultural history and contribution of people who came from the Caribbean to Huddersfield, West Yorkshire from 1948 to 1972, as well as the first generation of British-born African-Caribbean descendants.
The film shares their powerful, emotional stories of migration, determination, and celebration. It is a tribute to their resilience and aspirations as Huddersfield became home for themselves and successive generations.
Speaking on the public launch of the film, Christopher Morgan, Chief Editor at Kirklees Local TV, said: “It’s an honour to be part of the amazing team launching Windrush: The Years After.
“We’ve received great feedback during private showings in the past, so it’s very exciting to be sharing the film publicly for the first time.
“It’s been a pleasure to work on this film. To hear the stories of determination, resilience and celebration first-hand from the Windrush community, has been such a privilege.
“I hope that everyone who watches the film is able to take something from it, whether that’s a greater understanding of the local communities that have been a vital part of Huddersfield for many years, or a story that may have stuck with them.”
While the film has received positive praise at several private screenings for local community audiences, this will be the first time the film is shown to the wider Kirklees community
After the premiere, Windrush: The Years After will be made publicly available online in October 2022 at www.kirkleeslocaltv.com for everyone to view. It is KLTV’s view that the film is shared publicly so that everyone may access it.
You can watch the official trailer for the film here:
KLTV would like to thank High Street Heritage Action Zones, The University of Huddersfield, Heritage Lottery Fund, Microform Imaging ltd., and the Department for Transport for their significant contribution to the development, and marketing of Windrush: The Years After, A Community Legacy on Film.
We’d like to thank Huddersfield’s Windrush elders, past and present, for their stoic and steadfast contributions to this unique piece of history.