Search

Hackney resident sets up project to challenge stereotypes of British Pakistanis

PUBLISHED: 13:00 29 December 2013

Shazia Ali-Webber (red top) and pupils from the three sixth form colleges who took part in a project to challenge stereotypes of British Pakistanis

Shazia Ali-Webber (red top) and pupils from the three sixth form colleges who took part in a project to challenge stereotypes of British Pakistanis

Archant

» Often referred to as a failed state on the brink of collapse and a breeding ground for terrorists, Pakistan does not enjoy the good reputation that neighbour India has, despite similar food and culture.

Here in the UK, the Pakistani diaspora regularly comes under attack from some politicians and parts of the media.

It is for this reason that Hackney resident Shazia Ali-Webber set up a pilot project asking sixth form students of Pakistani origin to make short films about their lives.

The result was seven short films which were screened at the Rich Mix centre in Shoreditch last month.

Lawyer Mrs Ali-Webber, 38, of Sharon Gardens, Victoria Park, said: “There’s so much negative media coverage of Pakistan and Pakistanis.

‘Identity’

“I set up the project as I thought young Pakistanis should be given a right of reply.

“They produced 10-minute films about being ordinary British Pakistanis.

“There’s no crisis of identity among British Pakistanis. They are very proud and confident in their dual heritage. It was very eye-opening.”

Her project was inspired by a similar one run by the Royal Society of Arts and online magazine The Samosa in 2011.

The Pakistan Calling project aimed to increase awareness and support for Pakistani civil society organisations, and activists, working to tackle the country’s social problems.

“I got involved in Pakistan Calling and thought it would be good to do something with British Pakistanis talking about their ordinary lives”, Mrs Ali-Webber said.

“I invited three sixth form colleges from Luton, Leyton and Newham to take part.

“It’s a good age as they understand politics a bit better. Most of them were media students.”

‘Archive’

Mrs Ali-Webber will roll out the project nationally with a film screening at the same time next year.

She said: “Generationally things have changed.

“It would be wonderful to create an archive of films of how this generation is feeling and that would create a record of heritage and how identity in immigrants changes and evolves.”

0 comments

Latest Hackney News Stories

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Emma Bartholomew spent a night on “vice patrol” with police officers in Brownswood ward. This week, we focus on the women selling sex. Next week, we will look at how the men who buy it are dealt with.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Three men from Tower Hamlets have been jailed for running a ‘drugs hotline service’ where they delivered to the Hoxton area after taking orders over the phone.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Hundreds of teachers, students and parents flocked to Hackney’s parks this afternoon to protest against funding cuts to schools across the borough.

Friday, May 26, 2017

The Gazette hunts high and low each week to bring you news of the most interesting and unusual new businesses in Hackney. This week we speak to Tim Soar about his high-end sports brand.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Emma Bartholomew finds out more about the not-very-well documented history of Ridley Road Market after coming across a Gazette article dating back 60 years to its 30th birthday – give or take

Friday, May 26, 2017

Hackney North and Stoke Newington candidates locked horns at a packed hustings to debate the unprecedented challenges currently being faced by schools.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Each week, the Gazette takes to the streets to unearth something being manufactured right here in Hackney. This week we spoke to Ben Kulchstein who single-handedly pumps out hundreds of bottles of his chilli sauces every week.

Friday, May 26, 2017

A Catholic priest who repeatedly raped and assaulted boys is facing jail.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists