Life in Bri­tain as told by three gen­er­a­tions

Ac­claimed film is now avail­able to watch on­line

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­

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.

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