Vilayati Tarti/Foreign Land

  1. History must be written of, by and for the survivors -- Anonymous

    I feel very strongly that I am under the influence of things or questions which were left incomplete and unanswered by my parents and grandparents and more distant ancestors. - CG Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections

    The Vilayati Tarti/Foreign Land Project Chronicles the story of women, mostly Punjabi women, who, in the decades following the Partition of India, left for England in search of work and found themselves in Southall, a town in the outer suburbs of West London, to where thousands of people from the Punjab migrated in the decades following the partition of India. Now five decades later, Southall has come t0 be affectionately called “Little Punjab” or "Little India."

    The documentary film is part of a larger oral history project that seeks to explore issues of migration, displacement and the attendant experiences of establishing new lives in foreign lands. The project, inspired by my maternal grandmother who lived and died in Southall, is based on video and audio interviews with the women in the diasporic South Asian community in, Southall and environs.

    The project currently exists as an 11-minute documentary short, additional video segments, a photo essay and this website which is intended to serve as an electronic archive and resource.

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  2. Filmed in collaboration with South Asian Archive Project of Gunnersbury Museum, London for the Foreign Land/Vilayati Tarti Project: foreignland.org

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  3. Filmed in collaboration with the South Asian Archive Project of Gunnersbury Museum, London, for the Vilayati Tarti/Foreign Land Project. More info here: foreignland.org

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  4. Filmed in collaboration with the South Asian Archive Project of Gunnersbury Museum, London, for the Vilayati Tarti/Foreign Land Project. More info here: foreignland.org

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  5. Lakbir Kaur Bains discusses the “economic reasons” for which her family left for England after Partition, shares anecdotes about the culture clash she encountered while working as a teacher, and highlights the intense prejudice she faced in daily life. She goes on to speak passionately about her first-hand experiences with discrimination, police brutality, and hate crimes, the latter of which she has witnessed even in modern times.

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We are our stories, from the stories that are our family inheritance to the stories we tell ourselves to make sense of our our lives. Engaging consciously and actively with our stories can help us evolve and grow, individually and collectively.

The Vilayati Tarti/Foreign Land Project is a documentary film and oral history project that seeks to explore issues of migration, displacement and the attendant experiences of establishing new lives in foreign lands from the perspective of the women of the community. The project is based on video and audio interviews with the women in the diasporic South Asian community in, Southall, a town in the outer suburbs of West London, to where thousands of people from the Punjab migrated in the decades following the partition of India.

The project currently exists as an 11-minute documentary short, additional video segments, a photo essay and a website (foreignland.org) which is intended to serve as an electronic archive and resource.

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