Video Diary of a 60s Indian Immigrant

Writing about I for India

(Yes, I do listen to far too much Radio 4 – picked this up from Front Row, it sounds like a wonderful piece of social history.)

When Indian doctor Yash Pal Suri arrived in England in 1965, the very first thing he did was to buy two Super 8 cameras, two projectors and two reel-to-reel recorders. He sent one set of equipment back to his family in India and kept the other for himself. For 40 years his observations of life and experiences in Britain – snow, mini-skirts, trips to the seaside, racists comments and white friends – were sent back to India, while his relatives responded with footage of family events and festivals and their hopes of being reunited with him and his young family. Now his daughter Sandhya Suri has turned the material into a documentary, I For India.

I For India is released in key cities around the UK on Friday August 3 – hopefully Birminfgham is one such key city.


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