Film Screening Barrel Children: The Families Windrush Left Behind


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Barrel Children: The Families Windrush Left Behind

Wednesday, February 22, 2023 | 7 to 9 p.m.
Newmarket Public Library (438 Park Avenue) | Free Admission | Attend the In-Person Screening or Watch via Zoom

Hosted and sponsored by the Newmarket Public Library in partnership with the Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association

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A Riveting Documentary Film Presentation 


Film poster by Kirsty Latoya

“Barrel Children,” a documentary film from British-Jamaican journalist Nadine White, depicts the experience of the children left behind in the Caribbean when their parents traveled to Britain for work after World War II in what has come to be known as the Windrush Migration. 

The announcement of the documentary came on Windrush Day in the United Kingdom, June 22, 2022, which was established in 2018 on the 70th anniversary of the Windrush Migration to mark the experience of the nearly 1,000 Caribbean people who landed at Tilbury Docks in Essex in 1948 on the Empire Windrush ship. 

These people had been recruited by the British government after the war to address a critical labor shortage.

White was inspired to make the documentary by her late father who was one of the so-called “barrel children” who were raised by their grandmothers or other members of their extended family when their biological parents left the Caribbean to help with the rebuilding of war-damaged Britain.

About the filmmaker, Nadine White

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Nadine White is a multi-award-winning journalist and filmmaker from London, England. In 2021, she became the UK’s first dedicated Race Correspondent at The Independent where she reports on perspectives from within Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. 

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