Immigration Street will air on Channel 4 later this month.
The Love Productions documentary, initially devised a series, will transmit in a one hour slot on Tuesday 24th February at 10pm. The show captures contemporary life on a British street that has been discernibly altered over the years by different waves of immigration and settlement, providing a unique insight into the reality of multiculturalism in Britain today as opposed to the political rhetoric and newspaper headlines.
The experiences of the team making the film and the contributors who encountered local opposition and, in some cases, intimidation, are documented in the one-off special.
“Many people on Derby Road made the crew feel welcome and wanted to share their stories but there were local groups who, for their own reasons, were determined to halt production. It’s a great shame as the footage we have shot shows Derby Road is a place where, on the whole, people of different nationalities, cultures and religions respect and get along with each other. This will be reflected in the film.” – Executive Producer, Kieran Smith
Immigration Street will be followed, in March by Immigration Street 1964, a history film from Brinkworth Films about Britain’s most racist election campaign and its violent aftermath, which took one street in the West Midlands town of Smethwick to the brink of official racial segregation.