By Sanchita Islam
Key Themes: short stories, ethnic minorities, first generation of Bangladeshis to come to Britain, dementia, mental health
This is a book of stories of the first generation of Bangladeshis to come to Britain. I wanted to chronicle their lives and gain an insight into their struggles, their dreams and why they came to England. Many of the participants have since died, suffering from ill health, mental health and forms of dementia. I was moved by their faces, their vulnerability and I wanted their stories to live on. The book contains drawings and photos, there is also a film shot at St Hilda’s, which is the day centre in East London where the elders gather every day.
About the Author
Sanchita Islam is an artist, writer and film-maker. She graduated in International History and Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics. She has studied directing and screenwriting at the Northern Media School and Fine Art at the Chelsea School of Art and Design. She heads pigmentexplosion.com, a company that specialises in London based and international art projects.
Sanchita has exhibited and screened her films in London, New York, Paris, Germany, Indonesia, Malaysia and Bangladesh. She has also made films in New York, Bangladesh, Nepal, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and London for the British Council, Arts Council and Commonwealth Institute. Her writing and artwork have been published in New York, Paris, London, Mumbai and Bangladesh.
Despite being a high flyer and an exceptionally talented woman Islam has also suffers from depression and multiple personality disorder.
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This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 12 April, 2007.