POWERFUL REMEMBRANCE FILM UNITES BRADFORD MUSLIM AND NON-MUSLIM YOUTH TO RAP ABOUT SHARED WW1 HISTORY
We were the same then, how come we’re not the same now, when all our men fought on the same ground?
A powerful new film, released on Wednesday 8 November ahead of Remembrance Sunday, brings together Bradford teenagers from Muslim and non-Muslim backgrounds to express in rap lyrics how our shared history, dating back to the First World War, can help integration and bring people together in modern-day Britain.
The film will be officially launched today at an 8 November Bradford event where local MP Naz Shah, Leeds Imam Qari Asim and a representative of the Yorkshire Regiment will discuss with British Future Director Sunder Katwala how understanding our shared history can help integration in Britain today.
Teenagers from Belle Vue Girls School, Buttershaw Technology College and the JAMES Centre interviewed descendants of Indian soldiers who fought for Britain in the First World War and learned about the contribution to the British war effort of 1914-18 from soldiers from modern-day India and Pakistan.
They then worked with Bradford rapper Blazer Boccle to produce lyrics about British identity and how it is shaped by this WW1 history.