WCFF 2023 Virtual Festival

Standing Firm: Football's Windrush Story

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Modern Britain is fundamentally built on immigration from every corner of the world and Caribbean migrants have had a transformative impact on arts, culture and football. This essential documentary catalogues everything black footballers have done for the beautiful game - and the disgraceful abuse they have suffered in return. The 500 Jamaicans who arrived on HMT Windrush paved the way for nearly half a million people to embark on the voyage between 1948 and 1970. The immigrants, referred to as the Windrush generation, contributed an enormous amount to British society, but in few places has this been more visible than on the football pitch. Presented and narrated by BAFTA award-winning poet, author and broadcaster Benjamin Zephaniah, Standing Firm: Football's Windrush Story explores the impact they, their descendants and their continued Caribbean migration to the UK, has had on English football and the national team.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    80 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United Kingdom
  • Director
    Theo Lee Ray
  • Executive Producer
    Sally Brown