Director Ken Loach explores the politics of race, class and charity in a capitalist society in this documentary funded by the Save the Children foundation.
Did You Know?
According to the book 'Which Side Are you On?', Ken Loach
shot some of this documentary at a school in Kenya which had been financed by the Save the Children Fund. Loach felt the school was very similar to an English public school in the way it was run. The school was a joint venture between the Fund and Kenyan businessmen where the pupils were being groomed for positions within the Kenyan Civil Service. Pupils saluted the flag, teachers had to wear Western style clothes, one member of staff (who felt the school represented a new form of colonialism) had even been forbidden to wear a local style shirt. The head teacher had allegedly been involved in the killing of victims of the Mau Mau uprising. The Save the Children Fund attempted to have the cutting copy of the film destroyed when they found that Loach had depicted these aspects of the school. See more