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All White in Barking (2007)

Not Rated | | Documentary | November 2007 (Netherlands)
Through revealing interviews, alternately shocking and humorous, this documentary profile of a white working-class community east of London offers a timely snapshot of an increasingly multicultural Britain.

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Through revealing interviews, alternately shocking and humorous, this documentary profile of a white working-class community east of London offers a timely snapshot of an increasingly multicultural Britain.

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Mark Issacs does an interesting study...
3 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This documentary is not shown often in the U.S. Sometimes you may catch it on Link TV or free speech TV. It is very interesting in that it simply documents the residents of a London neighborhood, Barking, which is in process of changing, new people moving in, others moving out. Similar to class division issues in New York in the 1970's, when the cultures and ethnic diversity began to change.

I like films that address this as I am from New York and feel that especially in the U.S. certain regions are isolated and inured to reality. "All White In Barking" shows older Anglo couples, business owners who lived in Barking for 50 years and now have a hard time in the economy, new neighbors from Ethiopia, and a Jewish WWII veteran who has his Jamaican assistant as a new girlfriend, he attends a reunion and we see various mixes of people.

What we come away with is a tapestry of human emotion, complicated, some racism and class-ism, and outright hypocrisy. People are people, and should be able to learn to live together, peaceably. The one segment disturbing was the family from East Africa which invites their neighbors, an older British couple to visit for dinner. They have different rituals and food. The couples are genial, but once they return home the older couple decides to be civil, but not overtly friendly.

An interesting issue worth watching, to explore people and their various attitudes toward change and diversity. Recommended.


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