Glenda Caesar: Justice4Windrush social edit

Client

Justice4Windrush

Distribution

Social Media

Type

Purpose

Location

London

Director:

Steve Maud

Producer:

Katia Hérault

Editor:

Molly Drnec

Camera:

Matt Crisp

After spending the majority of her life in the UK and dedicating over 20 years of service for the NHS, Glenda Caesar was wrongfully terminated and told she no right live and work in the UK.

One of her sons’ citizenship status was also wrongfully rejected. Glenda was forced to forced to rely on her children for financial support as she was unable to work and had lost access to benefits. The immense amount of pressure and burden that Glenda suffered led her to feeling suicidal. It was only after revealing her story to the media and general public that the Home Office rectified her and her son’s citizenship status. Glenda is a supporter of the Justice4Windrush campaign who continues to use her voice in the fight for justice for the Windrush generation and their descendants.

About the Justice4Windrush campaign

What started as a discussion between our MD, Steve Maud, actor Colin McFarlane, and Annie Lennox grew to become the fully-fledged Justice4Windrush campaign brought to life through film. Among the prominent voices brought together are Baroness Doreen Lawrence, Former Police SI Leroy Logan MBE, stars of film and screen such as Hannah Waddingham, Adrian Lester, Danny Sapani and Eddie Marsan, and a long list of musical icons such as AJ Tracey, Leee John, Don Letts, Hak Baker, Mega and Cashh, in addition to Windrush activists who have long called for redress.

The Windrush generation refers to Caribbean migrants who arrived in the United Kingdom between 1948 and 1971, in the aftermath of World War II. These individuals were invited to help rebuild Britain after the war and fill labour shortages in various sectors such as transportation, healthcare, and public services. Despite their contributions to British society, they have faced systemic racism, discrimination, and difficulties in obtaining documentation to prove their legal status in the UK.

In 2012 the Home Office’s ‘Hostile Environment’ policy led to the mass violation of rights of the Windrush generation and their descendants. As a result, more than 16,000 British citizens were misclassified as immigrants without a legal right to remain. Many were wrongfully detained, deported and lost access to essential services.

In giving their stories the platform they deserve, this historic campaign shows how our films can bring people together, bridge divides and level the playing field.

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