Pobl Fel Ni

People Like Us

 

An Anti Racism Wales Initiative
coordinated by NWREN

FILMS

The Pobl Fel Ni Short Films

Professor Charlotte Williams OBE gives us a glimpse into NWREN’s  project Pobl Fel Ni / People Like Us, which explores the contributions and lived experiences of people from Black Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds in North Wales. This project is funded by Welsh Government’s Anti-Racist Wales Action Plan Culture Heritage and Sport Fund.

Statement from Lal Davies
Filmmaker

The Pobl Fel Ni/People Like Us short film series focuses on the lived experiences and contributions of Black Asian and minority ethnic people and veteran anti-racist activists in North Wales.

From acclaimed artist Jean Samuel Mfikela who tells us why his mother is his hero and how digital communications help them stay in touch over long distances; to Tai Tei Cheung who describes her journey as a teenager from a tiny island near Hong Kong right to the heart of The Troubles in Belfast; to Professor Robert Moore discussing the origins of modern British racism and Professor Charlotte Williams OBE making sense of her journey via her dual heritage upbringing in Llandudno to ensuring Black British history is embedded in the Welsh curriculum, these films highlight the work and lives of Pobl Fel Ni / People Like Us and tell a set of important stories often hidden in the wider national picture of who we are in Wales today.

Lal Davies and NWREN hope to share these films far and wide via the Pobl Fel Ni/People Like Us website; at exhibitions and screenings and as educational resources.

Contact us, by clicking the button, to find out how your organisation or community group could host a screening or use the resources.

Filmmaker Lal Davies, a woman wearing a maroon saree operates a professional video camera on a tripod indoors. She stands beside a woman with short hair in a white and black outfit. Background displays include informative posters with text and images, one titled "Outside Lives." A white handbag is on a red podium.

Lal Davies

Award-winning filmmaker Lal Davies, herself of dual heritages from South India and Southern Ireland says:

“Making this hugely significant short film series was a vital opportunity to shine a spotlight on what people most often think of as a largely white area with little or no historic or contemporary presence of people from Black Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. Pobl Fel Ni/People Like Us film series aims to overturn that notion, with an exploration of historic and contemporary anti-racist activity in North Wales as well as looking at stories from the everyday lived experiences of from those backgrounds. We hope that audiences will gain a greater understanding of what People Like Us contribute, past and present and hope that by connecting to some of these stories, a greater understanding can be forged as we work towards Welsh Government’s aspiration for an Anti-Racist Wales by 2030”

Short Film Index

A black-and-white image of a bald man with a beard, wearing a plaid shirt, tie, and suit jacket. He appears to be gesturing with his right hand. In the background, there is a scenic green-tinted mountainous landscape with clear skies.
Jean Samuel Mfikela

My Mother My Hero

Artist Jean Samuel Mfikela describes how the experience of making his ‘Stitched Story’ for the Pobl Fel Ni/People Like Us project caused him to reflect on how much his mother means to him and how her influence has shaped the direction of his life.  Click the button to learn more about the story and to view the film.

An elderly person with short white hair and glasses is seated and wearing a light-colored shirt and scarf. They are gesturing with one hand, appearing to be in conversation. The background features a serene mountain landscape with a lake below a cloudy sky. The image is in black and white with a greenish tint.
Susheela Lourie MBE

A Thread Running Through My Life

Susheela Lourie MBE (1940 – 2023) describes the early motivations for her lifelong anti-racist activist work, like a thread running through her life and inspiring her to set up the North Wales Race Equality Network. 
Click the button to learn more about the story and to view the film.

An elderly man with glasses and a beard sits pensively, wearing a shirt and tie. He gestures with one hand while the other rests on a long-haired cat on his lap. The background is a serene lake with silhouetted trees and mountains at sunset. The image has a black-and-white effect on the man and cat.
Professor Robert Moore

A Commitment to Justice & Equality

Professor Robert Moore recalls his early motivations for his 60 years plus of anti-racist activism as an academic and author. He tells us how his background has given him a lifelong commitment to humanity, which he continues to work tirelessly to achieve. Click the button to learn more about the story and to view the film.

A woman with glasses and a striped shirt appears superimposed in front of a rugged mountainous landscape under an overcast sky. She is focused on shaping something with her hands, blending elements of a domestic and natural scene. The overall color tone is sepia.
Tai Tei Cheung 张带娣

Ma Wan – Belfast – North Wales

Tai Tei remembers her journey from Ma Wan to Belfast then Rhyl as a teenager, living in the middle of the Northern Ireland troubles in the 1970’s and how she found peace in North Wales.  Click the button to learn more about the story and to view the film.

A monochrome image showing a mountainous landscape under a partly cloudy sky. Superimposed in the foreground is a faded, transparent image of a person with short hair, wearing a headscarf and gesturing with their hands, suggesting a narrative or explanation.
Professor Charlotte Williams OBE

Making Sense in My Cynefin

Academic author and activist Professor Charlotte Williams OBE describes her early experiences and motivations for her lifelong anti-racist work, a vital part of Welsh Government’s aspirations for an Anti-Racist Wales by 2030. Click the button to learn more about the story and to view the film.

A sepia-toned image features a mountainous landscape under a sky with scattered clouds. Superimposed in the foreground is a semi-transparent image of a woman, appearing as if she is speaking, with her hands gesturing. Her presence blends artistically with the natural scenery behind her.
Xie Hong Hodgson 李撷宏

Journeys & Changes

Xie Hong explains how journeys and changes in life have helped her grow as a petson and cope with life’s challenges. Click the button to learn more about the story and to view the film.

A monochrome image showing a mountainous landscape under a partly cloudy sky. Superimposed in the foreground is a faded, transparent image of a person with short hair, wearing a headscarf and gesturing with their hands, suggesting a narrative or explanation.
Professor Charlotte Williams OBE

People Like Us – Shifts in our Cynefin

Professor Charlotte Williams OBE describes how people have been working on the ground in North Wales to pursue an anti-racist agenda leading to the Welsh Government’s aspirations for an Anti-Racist Wales by 2030.
The People Like Us series is funded by Welsh Government’s Anti-Racist Wales Action Plan Culture Heritage and Sport Fund.
Click the button to learn more about the story and to view the film.

An older woman with short dark hair gestures with both hands while smiling. She is superimposed over a serene landscape featuring a sunset, snow-covered trees, and a calm lake with reflections. The image combines the woman's expressive demeanor and the tranquil natural scene.
Mei Chen Callcott 陈梅

Mei Hua Fu

Mei tells us why dancing connects her to her name and makes her feel happy and healthier
The People Like Us series is funded by Welsh Government’s Anti-Racist Wales Action Plan Culture Heritage and Sport Fund. Click the button to learn more about the story and to view the film.

A digitally edited image depicts a woman wearing glasses and a headscarf in the foreground. She is holding onto something with both hands. The background features a green-tinted mountainous landscape with scattered clouds, blending seamlessly into the woman's form.
Helga Uckermann

Strong Determined & With a Goal

Tribute to the life of Helga Uckermann Political Scientist and Race Activis. Click the button to learn more about the story and to view the film.

An elderly man with glasses and a beard sits pensively, wearing a shirt and tie. He gestures with one hand while the other rests on a long-haired cat on his lap. The background is a serene lake with silhouetted trees and mountains at sunset. The image has a black-and-white effect on the man and cat.
Professor Robert Moore

The Rise of Modern British Racism

Professor Robert Moore takes us from his days as a researcher in race relations and how this has given him unique insights into the rise of modern British Racism.  Click the button to learn more about the story and to view the film.

A woman with long curly hair and wearing a crochet halter top, jewelry, and a skirt with a floral pattern stands outdoors. She gestures with her left hand, appearing to speak. Behind her is lush greenery, a river or lake, and mountains. The image has a green-tinted effect.
Rebecca Wilson

Welsh Jewish

Becca tells us about her experiences growing up in a Welsh-speaking community as a Jewish person. Click the button to learn more about the story and to view the film.

A monochrome image with a greenish hue showing an older man with short grey hair and a serious expression in the foreground. His hands are clasped together. The background features a serene, mountainous landscape reflected in a calm lake under a cloudy sky.
Enrico Stennett

The Race Relations Industry

Enrico Stennett Windrush Elder describes the historical context about what he called ’The Race Relations Industry’. Click the button to learn more about the story and to view the film.

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