A day celebrating experiences and creativity of child migrants through music, play and films.
Book your place for short films followed by discussions about children who migrated to, and settled, in East London.
11.30 – 12.00 Child Migrant Stories – experiences of children (under 18) who migrated to East London (Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets) from 1930 to the present day. Q&A with filmmakers. Eithne Nightingale and Mitchell Harris.
13.30 – 14.10 Passing Tides – the story of a young girl, Linh Vu who escaped Vietnam by boat with her father, Thanh Vu along with a reading from her father’s recent autobiography, Catholic with Confucian Tendencies. Followed by Q&A with Linh Vu.
14.15 – 14.55 Ugwumpiti – the story of a young boy, Maurice Nwokeji who survived hunger and bombs in the Biafran war in Nigeria. Ugwumpiti was the children’s name for the meal a day provided by the International Red Cross that saved Maurice’s life and that of his brother. Followed by Q&A with Maurice. Maurice Nwokeji will also be performing music in the main hall at 16.30.
15.45 – 16.25 Life is a Destiny – the story of a young Turkish Cypriot boy, Argun Imamzade who protected and then rescued his family photographic album from his bombed out house in Cyprus. The album was the sole possession he brought with him on the journey by boat and train to London. Followed by Q&A with Argun Imamzade.
This event is part of the Being Human festival - the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. As our festival events are free, not everyone who asks for tickets come to our events. To make sure we have a full house, we allocate more tickets than there are seats. We do our best to get the numbers right, but unfortunately we occasionally have to disappoint people. Admission is on a first-come-first- served basis, so please arrive in good time for the start of the event.