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Channel 5-White Nanny, Black Child

Synopsis

A group of adults find solace in sharing their experiences of growing up as children of Black Nigerian immigrants who were fostered by white British families. Between 1955 and 1995, over 70,000 West African children were fostered by white Britons, in a practice known as ‘farming’. Many individuals then had to live, often in silence, with the long-lasting impact of this controversial official policy. Nine of those raised this way were invited to a workshop retreat, under professional guidance, to discuss their experiences. Each take turns delving into their past, revealing the confusion and trauma of dealing with such change at a young age. For many, this marks the first time they have had the opportunity to connect with people who have shared a similar childhood. White Nanny Black Child presents a personal, moving and sometimes unsettling meditation on identity, belonging and the nature of family. 

Production Notes

A passion project for director Andy Mundy Castle, who wanted to shed a light on to this important untold story from 20th century British history, WHITE NANNY BLACK CHILD was developed with support from BFI Doc Society.  Channel 5 then came on board for with additional finance and took UK TV rights.  Filmed over 6 days at the end of the summer in a stately home outside of London, the film makers brought together nine carefully selected participants who all share a common background as British Nigerians, but who had also all experienced being fostered as babies or children into white British families.  

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