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Moslems in Britain - Manchester, Short Movie, 1961

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dsl SX

2016-09-18 03:17

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Spelling of film title is correct for its official name. Companion film (20 minutes) to Moslems in Britain: Cardiff but no imdb entry and not on that BFI/COI Collection Vol 5: Portrait of a People 2-DVD set.

The only direct source I can find is the BFI Player page which states "This was one of four recruitment films commissioned by the British government in the early 1960s (see also Moslems in Britain - Cardiff) to encourage people from Arabic-speaking countries to come and work in Britain's industries. Aimed squarely at prospective migrants, the film presents an appealing portrait of Manchester as a warm and tolerant place offering a happy, prosperous life to the city's existing Muslim community." It was designed solely for showing abroad and probably never seen within the UK at the time - if anyone wants to watch it on the BFI link, you can fiddle about and activate English subtitles in the video playback bar.

Also "Moslems in Britain was a short-lived black and white series made by United Motion Pictures (London) Ltd for the Central Office of Information and sponsored by the Foreign Office. The first two films, MANCHESTER and CARDIFF, were presented in Arabic by Gamal Kinay and featured interviews with both Muslim women and men about their lives in Britain. Shooting scripts for a further two films on Liverpool and Sheffield were commissioned in October 1961 but neither went any further." from this page.

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