The Media Archive for Central England is the public screen archive for the East and West Midlands. An independent charity and company based at the University of Lincoln, MACE acquires, catalogues, preserves and makes widely available moving image materials that inform our understanding of the diverse cultures and histories of communities between the Lincolnshire coast and the Welsh border.
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Strength, speed and agility on show at the Sikh Games held at Hadley Stadium in Smethwick with a special welcome for local weightlifting hero Gian Singh Cheema.
Non-Fiction 1979 4 mins
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Tony Maycock from ATV Today meets Gian Singh Cheema star of the West Midlands weightlifting scene. It's not just strength on show at Hadley Stadium though as a local police officer is on hand to describe the rules of kabaddi, the breath sapping Asian team game in which competitors take it in turns to run into the opposition's half and 'tag' members of the opposing team whilst holding their breath and chanting, "Kabaddi, kabaddi...".
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 1976 4 mins
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Non-Fiction 1928 1 mins Silent Location: Woking
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Non-Fiction 1931 2 mins Silent
Mahatma Gandhi's arrival in England for the second India Round Table Conference at St James's Palace
News 1978 6 mins Location: Smethwick
Hindu and Muslim creations in gold inject bright new styles into Birmingham's jewellery making industry.
Visit of Their Majesties the King and Queen to the Works of Chance Brothers and Co Limited Visit of Their Majesties the King and Queen to the Works of Chance Brothers and Co Limited
Amateur film 1940 8 mins Silent Location: Smethwick
19 April 1940 finds the King and Queen on a morale boosting visit to the glassworks of Chance Brothers in Smethwick - another vital cog in the wheel of British war production.
Non-Fiction 1970 3 mins Location: Smethwick
The Boulton Place flats in Smethwick are 14 years old but some residents who used to be proud to live there want them pulled down. What's gone wrong?
Magazine and Review show 1983 8 mins Location: Smethwick
The dirt, grime and molten metal of the foundry has long reflected the strength of West Midlands industry; but for how much longer?
Non-Fiction 1965 4 mins Location: Smethwick
Blissful long summer days with children playing outside late into the evening. In Smethwick not everyone is enjoying the fun.
Current affairs 1980 13 mins Location: Smethwick
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Documentary 2019 16 mins
Three years after their father passed, a family of four women come together through a series of phone calls spanning over three months.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 2017 4 mins
A comedy-drama animation about two best friends growing up in the same world but experiencing it completely differently.
Drama 2018 8 mins
Samona Olanipekun explores the concepts of home, identity and belonging, from the starting point of the theme of globalisation.
Drama 2017 16 mins
Compelling story of a complex relationship between an imperious father and his son.
Documentary 2020 28 mins
Three African American fathers unravel the incomparable partnership of forgiveness and community.
Music video 2019 8 mins
A conceptual film following musical artist Jords’ quest to serendipity. The Tree of Life’ is the cornerstone of the film as he battles to triumph through grief.
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