Directed by: Marc Wadsworth
It is estimated the West Indies provided more than 16,000 volunteers to defend Britain from the Nazis in the Second World War. Thousands of them joined the Merchant Navy, taking part in dangerous convoys that kept supply routes open at sea.
Divided by Race, United in War and Peace explores the relationship between Caribbean and English World War Two servicemen and women against the backdrop of war, documenting the experiences of 13 ex-servicemen. Young volunteers were involved at every filming, photography, school assembly and historical research stage. They too held a dialogue with the veterans.
The Black Caribbean ex-servicemen and women recount their journey from the islands to the United Kingdom; the circumstances they left behind; their understanding of the political world order at that time; their expectations of England and how they were received by ordinary English people; and their fears and aspirations for the future.
The ex-servicemen and women discuss as a group the cultural barriers and racial tensions that may have affected the way in which they worked together during the war. As veterans they discuss the notion of Britain as a multicultural society and the vexed issue of immigration today.
DVDs of the film will be available for purchase after the screening.