A series of short films that feature survivors of the Srebrenica genocide in 1995 who settled in Bradford is set to be shown this evening at the National Science and Media Museum event tonight with a panel to follow.
Last year a series of six short films were created speaking to people who were displaced by the Balkans conflict and have now settled in Bradford and surrounding areas. The films explored what it was like for the people who found themselves making a new life in the UK after fleeing genocide.
The films were made as part of the 25th Anniversary of Remembering Srebrenica and were first shown during last year’s annual event in Bradford where Civic leaders, faith representatives, community groups and schools from across West Yorkshire came together to mark the anniversary and to make a pledge to renew our efforts to tackle hatred and prejudice.
The films were commissioned by Bradford Council and developed to be educational tools and will be launched at an event on 1 March 2022 from 5.30pm at the National Science and Media Museum, Bradford. The free event will also host a range of speakers from the Bosnian Community, senior councillors including the Deputy Lord Mayor of Bradford, Council Leader Susan Hinchcliffe, from the Bradford district and Simon Couth from the University of Bradford.
Some of the questions participants were asked:
- Do you remember the date when you arrived in Bradford?
- What were your first impressions of the city?
- Have you ever heard of Bradford before arriving here?
- What possessions did you have with you?
- How do you start to rebuild your life in another country?
- Did you manage to maintain contact with friends and family?
- What do you do now in Bradford? Do you feel at home here?
- Do you return to your home city/country on a regular basis? Have you ever been back home?
- What do you like best about Bradford?
Cllr Sabiya Khan said: “I would encourage everyone to come along, listen to the guest speakers and watch this series of short films. They are incredibly insightful and highlight what people go through when fleeing their homes to find sanctuary in Bradford. They will be powerful tools for use in schools and communities.”
For further information and to register your attendance, visit here.