Growth of Indian culture in Gravesend celebrated in new film, The Journey

PUBLISHED: 13:54 28 September 2017

300 Gravesend residents attended a special film premiere at the Woodville titled “The Journey”

300 Gravesend residents attended a special film premiere at the Woodville titled “The Journey”


A film telling the stories of more than 50 residents was screened

A film depicting the lives of Gravesham residents 70 years on from the Partition of India was screened at the Woodville yesterday.

Around 300 people attended the film premiere of The Journey, a film featuring more than 50 residents telling stories of their lives 70 years on from the division of British India into two main states, India and Pakistan.

Produced and written by Kent Equality Cohesion Council and Cohesion Plus working with Samuel Frain from media company GMM, the film has been in the works for four months.

Gurvinder Sandher, CEO of Kent Equality Cohesion Council, said: “We put a lot of time and effort into making the film, I wanted to capture the local community telling their stories so that future generations can learn about their journey and how we have reached where we are today.

“The Indian diaspora is involved in every facet of life in Gravesham, this has not just happened by accident and I wanted to share these stories and celebrate the positive achievements as part of the UK-India Year of Culture.

“I am very grateful to all the local residents who contributed and I hope it is something that Gravesham as a borough can be proud of in years to come.”

Further screenings of the film are being prepared for the coming months and there will be a limited DVD release.

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