Our film through interviews and recordings gives survivors who founded or were active in the IWA and their families an opportunity to tell their own stories about the heritage of eprsonal IWA and Southall community's contributions to the wider Asian and Panjabi communities in the UK and to preserve this history for future generations.
Our project also offered free training opportunities to 20 people on making documentary films, film interviewing and recording techniques, undertaking research on archives, heritage preservation skills etc. Our project involved recorded interviews with survivors who founded or were active in IWA or their families as well as other people from which this documentary film was produced along with a series of 'personal history profiles' of prominent people.
The IWA was nationally acclaimed for its campaigns to protect the rights of the early immigrant workers setting in the UK in the 50s and 60s and its tireless work against discrimination and injustice. It has serivces produced a booklet and an exhibition on the heritage of IWA which will available for display to community, public bodies, educational institutes and others.
It acted as a training nursery for a generation of Asian and Black community leaders, inspiring many into mainstream local and national politics. It documents and captures the lived experiences and memories of older people who came as immigrants in the s and s, who faced discrimination, organised themselves and supported the establishment of IWA.