National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales preserves and celebrates the sound and moving image heritage of Wales, making it accessible to a wide range of users for enjoyment and learning. Its film collection reflects every aspect of the nation’s social, cultural and working life across the 20th century, giving a fascinating insight into Welsh filmmaking, both amateur and professional.
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Home From Home
Iraqi coffee, Welsh songs, the hokey-cokey: ingredients of a multicultural church social, Newport but Yousaf Ali from Pakistan still has to choose to be “western” or “eastern”.
Documentary 1976 22 mins
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Yousaf Ali, who came to Newport from Pakistan at the age of 16 to join his family, works as a bus driver in Cardiff, attends mosque in a YMCA, braves a multicultural church social that offers Iraqi coffee, Welsh songs, the hokey-cokey and snooker and reflects on the big questions of life: security, freedom, belonging. He has come to the conclusion that people are very much the same despite their different origins.
South Asian Britain on Film
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Meet Mohamed Fazal Hussain, elder statesman and all-round Mr Fixit of Bradford's Muslim community, and a film mogul in the making...
1989 29 mins Location: Westminster
Britain beats to the sound of Bhangra and Bangla in Gurinder Chadha's debut film.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1976 4 mins
Wrestling as a metaphor for race relations in this short aimed at Britain's South-Asian community
News 1968 2 mins Location: Newbridge
Mr Dhanjal from Wolverhampton: custodian of one of the most vital positions in any community.
Non-Fiction 1928 1 mins Silent Location: Woking
Britain's oldest mosque welcomes a vast crowd of worshippers, visitors, curious onlookers and the odd newsreel camera!
Non-Fiction 1931 2 mins Silent
Mahatma Gandhi's arrival in England for the second India Round Table Conference at St James's Palace
Drama-documentary 1981 39 mins Location: Cardiff/Caerdydd
War and a grinding economy take their toll on the spirit and soul of the Welsh in this haunting, poetic study
Travelogue 1946 8 mins Silent Location: Shrewsbury
Pin-sharp post-war views of the welshest parts of Wales, from slate and coal mines to the fine cities like Aberystwyth.
Home movie 1952 6 mins Silent Location: Newport/Casnewydd
The notables of Newport know how to party! Men of the cloth live carouse with the best of them at the Mayor's summer bash
Promotional 1955 23 mins Location: Newport/Casnewydd
You can experience the Orb Works Carnival and watch a ship being built in Newport, and you can laugh as Jon Pertwee takes to the catwalk years before he travelled in the Tardis.
Promotional 1959 12 mins Location: Newport/Casnewydd
Forget the old castle and the remains of Caerleon fort, and never mind the increased traffic: Newport is alive to modern business and offers award-winning new housing.
Amateur film 1959 16 mins Silent Location: Crumlin
Owen Humberstone Prosser, an expert on railways and canals, captured the Crumlin Viaduct on film in 1959, before its demolition in 1967, a victim of the Beeching rail cuts.
Documentary 2019 6 mins
A short documentary about a young girl who leaves home to join a travelling Fun Park in hopes of finding a new family.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 2018 4 mins
Sleazy and vain Toast tries to win back an ex flame, the beautiful Egg, but the hideous Big Toast is now on the scene.
Drama 2019 4 mins
A female police officer sees more than she bargained for on her first tough day in the force.
Drama 2019 8 mins
Two old friends take a walk on a summer's afternoon and discover they have less in common than they thought.
Documentary 2020 4 mins
Three young women live in a society which has ingrained gender roles as law. They face the difficulties of being queer women in a close-knit religious society.
Drama 2019 10 mins
Vojta and Rami roam around Prague, witnessing the damage caused by mass tourism.
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