Social History | 1960 | Sound | B/W
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The consequences of colonialisation seen in the variety of ethnic minorities, plus the present attitudes of the British.
Three black teenager boys, one throwing something, probably in adventure playground. Back to back housing in the background and the adventure playground, full of children in the foreground. Close up of black boy in wellington boots climbing a fence. Black and white teenagers together, walking in the street. White and black middle-aged men in the street. Women in front of a shop. Woman pushes pram across the street. derelict shop front with "I. Rabimovitch" over the door and graffiti on the shutter. "The Indians". Another Asian shop front which is shuttered with "Shah Jalel, Halal Butcher" over the door.
Next a view of an open shop with a fluorescent light on. Over the door it reads "Choudry Continental Food" "Pakistani - Indian - West Indian - Food Suppliers". An open shop doorway, "Gandhi Oriental Foods is printed above, with "Importers of Indo-Pak-Food" below that. The next view is a board with Indian or Hindi writing on it. A high street scene which has a mixed population of varying ages. The film focuses on two black men wearing either railway or busman's uniforms. We then see a bus stop with what appears to be three black males.
A hospital ward and an Oriental nurse. A group of Indian or Pakistani men. A view of a black man cutting sugar cane. Men who look either Indian or Pakistani moving filled sacks. All are wearing shorts. (Appears to be India). A historical shot of slaves who are bound. An old fashioned bird's eye view map of a city is revealed. A brief showing of thatched storehouse-like buildings. A black representation of a face is shown (mask-like) followed by a painting of a foreign-looking face. We see a quick shot of camels in a desert scene - Egypt?- and riders.
A picture is then shown of men with turbans, carrying guns pointed at black natives. They are shown chained, with sad faces. We are then given a view of a ship and how the slaves would be arranged. A close up is shown of black men laid flat, heat to toe. An advertisement of the sale of slaves by public auction is shown, along with other household goods such as ribbons, rice and muslins. The era of the 18th century is apparent by the style of clothes that white people wear. The location is not apparent.
Black people are shown being ill-treated. An industrial scene, presumably in England, is shown. We then see a rough map which reveals the link between England and Africa with an arrow between with the words "Cotton Goods Guns". A second map is shown. The addition of the word "Slaves" is sandwiched in an arrow between Africa and America. The place maps have no names on them so it is assumed that they are representations of these countries. Another arrow appears, beginning at America and pointed towards the look-alike Britain with the words "Cotton Sugar" written in between. A brief showing of a ship followed by a group of official-looking white men situated in a room, wearing wigs. We can then see a huge river with established tall brick buildings in the distance. A frontal view of an imposing terrace is shown. We can see what appears to be a cathedral, immediately followed by rows of terraced working class housing and tall tower blocks, plus long chimneys in the distance. A few people can be seen, as well as a pram and a small child. A steam engine turning. A picture of old-fashioned sailing ships are shown Drawings of Indian men wearing turbans is revealed. Old war paintings are shown, with men in action. Another drawing of a ship scene is shown conveying an important looking white man along with an equally important Indian. We are given a view of the British in India, both white men and women are shown with photographs of Indian servants. Scenes of English back to back housing are highlighted. Drawing of women and children in a factory situation. Drawing of railways being built by Indians, followed by a drawing of a river scene and a canal bridge below mountains are shown. A white family with Indian servants. We then see a white woman doctor examining an Indian child. The period is either late Victorian or early Edwardian. All the other Indian people in view are wearing traditional Indian dress. Rows of Indian children are seen in a photograph, sat against the wall. We are given the view of an Indian collecting water from a well. A sparsely dressed black man tossing dried hay or straw. A black man collecting bananas which he cuts from a tree. An industrial view in British Colonies is shown. We then see a bulldozer. Hay is seen being collected by a tractor. A huge lorry filled with sacks. A picture of people leaving a ship. Their colour appears to be black, as the light is not so good. We are shown people from different racial backgrounds leaving a plane whose location is not clear. Eighteenth century white people are displayed or paintings of these type of people. Another man on board ship. Men on battlefield fighting. Drawings of people wearing 18th century clothes. Thatched houses in Ireland with the roofs missing. People resting under straw ricks or hay stacks (all drawings). Destitute people are seen quite a lot. One man appears with an empty bowl, followed by others.
Three women are being interviewed and we are shown other women in the same room. A black man using a spanner in a factory situation. We can then see a face of a black man. A white man is then seen working a machine. We do see a scene from a hospital which begins with an oriental doctor with a black patient. Two nurses are shown, one black, one white. After that scene ends, we are shown black or Indian men. The first removes a newspaper from a box in the street, while the second is doing factory work. It appears to be a cotton mill. He is removing empty bobbins from the loom. We are shown the faces of two white men, one is a side view.
Enoch Powell giving a speech at a meeting where other men are present. The next view is in a room. A man wearing a flat cap, while the man sitting opposite him is younger and wearing glasses and is talking, the first man wearing the cloth cap begins to talk also. A scene in a workshop or a factory floor is shown, while a man in a white coat is talking. We then see two men one black and youngish with the older white man with glasses, who is showing the younger something to do with the machinery. We are then shown a black man turning a spigot on a machine.
The scene is reverted back to the white man, wearing a white coat on the factory floor. Again we return to the man wearing the glasses who is seated at a table in the room, who speaks some more.
The setting switches to a large room with numbered cubicles, while a man sitting on a bench, who is white and is wearing a white shirt, dark tie and dark jacket is also wearing glasses, talking. A view is given of an Indian or Pakistani woman with a young child in one room, which has a cot and a kitchen stove, food etc. Two black boys can be seen walking down the stairs. We are shown a glimpse of both boys taking a young child out of the front door. The black woman wearing a white coat can be seen talking again. We can see an Indian or Pakistani woman who wears a sari with three young boys. All are sitting on a bed. She is putting shoes on the youngest. The black woman wearing a white coat can be seen talking again. Next we see a white woman wearing a white cardigan and glasses. She has short dark hair and is talking to what appears to be a Muslim woman, while a young boy clutching a football runs across the road, he too has dark hair and wears glasses. He has a darkish coloured v-necked jumper on with what appears to be a button through collarless T shirt underneath and dark trousers.
A black man wearing a long white jacket - a surgical coat - runs up the street past the two women talking. we are given a more long distance view of the young boy kicking the football. We can see what appear to be three black or Indian boys, kicking a football. We can now see a woman who is white, with dark frizzy-type hair and wearing a pale coloured twin-set and what appears to be a St Christopher. She is sitting on a chair with a bright floral curtain behind her. As she faces the film (sideways looking right) on her right is a cupboard with a torch and a tin of Good Boy on it. She is talking. The next scene is the woman with three other females, one of whom is black and clutches a baby, while a black man wearing a striped jacket has his back to us. We briefly see the women talking again. The film has returned to where it started at the adventure playground. A black boy talking. A black girl with shortish hair then talks. A mousy haired teenage lad wearing a coat with a sheepskin like collar and a dark polo necked jumper. The film ends.
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