April 26

Year Zero: Black Country

Billy Dosanjh is a keen explorer of stories about second and first generation immigrant family life. He is from the Black Country and trained at The National Film and Television School.

He won The Satyajit Ray award and was nominated for the Grierson Best Newcomer for his film A miracle in West Brom (2010). Billy was selected for yearlong placement in the BBCs Wonderland department. In 2014 he made the film Year Zero: Black Country which excited the interest of BBC4.

The project was funded by the Arts Council and was inspired by his need to see what had been filmed in the 60s and 70s to do with commonwealth immigration in the Black Country. He gathered through various sources 100 hours plus of material, reappropriated it to then give the impressions of a neighbourhood in Smethwick,

Billy’s work is currently being developed with the BBC with a view to a TV one hour and he’s on a big hunt for any footage from foundries in the 70s and any home archive that any families have that include black and south asian faces from the time. His hope is really to tap into the spirit of early immigrant stories from the 70s and bring it to life with extraordinary archive.

Can you help Billy? Do you have any footage that he could use? If you do please contact him via email at billy.dosanjh@gmail.com 

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