Video

Uganda 1972: The South Asian Expulsion

Farhad Dastur

1999, 11:30 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 665.01

Uganda 1972: The South Asian Expulsion tells the story of one family's sudden and forced expulsion from their homeland, and their subsequent migration to Canada. That family is my family; that homeland was my birthplace.
The expulsion order followed from the twisted logic of dictator Idi Amin Dada who, is August 1972, gave notice to Uganda's South Asian population to leave the country - their country- within 90 days. Some 80,000 South Asians fled, either as immigrants or refugees and settled in countries such as Canada, Britain and the U.S.
Uganda 1972: The South Asian Expulsion attempts to make vivid and comprehensible an event almost incomprehensible in its madness. This is produced by keeping the story intensely personal, reflective and experiential. The video weaves a coherent narrative of image, interview, video-clip, voice-over and music to illuminate that historical moment when absurdity triumphed over reason, but the human will to survive and carry on, triumphed over despair.

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