Life in Britain as told by three generations
Acclaimed film is now available to watch online
A BUCKINGHAMSHIRE art group has made a film about Asian women in the county.
After a series of screenings at festivals and community groups in the last year, Chiltern Moving Art’s acclaimed Grey Side of the Sky is available to watch online.
The film, by members of Chesham-based community art group Chiltern Moving Art, is a documentary about British Asian women living in Bucks.
Grey Side of the Sky looks at women in three very different eras. The first is the initial wave that arrived in the 1960s with their husbands, isolated from their families at home and struggling to integrate. The document-
A MOVING PICTURE: Chiltern Moving Art’s acclaimed film Grey Side of the Sky is now available to watch online ary says the UK was like a prison for many.
The second part of the film looks at women who arrived in Bucks in the 1990s. With an education and careers, coupled with electronic communication with their homelands, their path to integration was easier.
The final part looks at the young British Asian girls of today, often torn between two cultures. Grey Side of the Sky was directed by Mahuya Kanjilal, from Chesham, on behalf of Chiltern Moving Art.
She said: “I wanted to make the film because this is a story that simply hadn’t been told. These women had been through so much in their lives, some of it very challenging and tragic, yet no-one knew their stories. This was an issue I had to do something about.”
Monish Sengupta, editor of the film and also from Chesham, added: “Grey Side of the Sky is a film that will play an important role for Buckinghamshire in the future, to document the lives of women who are hard-working and brave, and who have played an instrumental part of how our county has developed.”
Grey Side of the Sky was produced in association with Bucks New University, Bucks Community Foundation, Chiltern District Council, Aylesbury Vale Community Chest and Wycombe District Council.
Anyone interested can watch the film on Chiltern Moving Art’s website, at www.chilternmovingart. co.uk.