“An Unfinished Conversation” Examines the History of Migration in the U.K. Through One Woman’s Story

Derica Shields‘s mother came to the United Kingdom by way of Jamaica, a journey made by hundreds of thousands of black people from the British West Indies in the second half of the 20th century. So, her short film An Unfinished Conversation is both a personal and historical work. Juxtaposing her mother’s story of leaving Jamaica to live in the UK with old family photos and footage of mass black migrations, Shields centers her family’s story as part of the long history of the British Empire, which (like our own) has had a penchant for ravaging homelands around the world before asking the survivors to migrate to the “mother country.” Read more of her historical insight in her essay for The New Inquiry.

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