Bearing Witness through Pandemic Borders and Film: Convergent Media, Mobility and Windrush Betrayal

Susan Mains (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    This paper examines the role of convergent media and the film, Windrush Betrayal (2020), in representing and challenging borders, mobilities and UK government immigration policies. Print and digital news provide important contexts for exploring media geographies of current events. Documentary film is also a provocative medium for investigative analyses that go beyond more general headline reporting. This study seeks to expand on earlier studies by examining how complementary mediums such as digital news media and film can respond to each other and become part of dynamic transnational conversations around place and identity. Media formats have been pushed to incorporate new settings and styles as Covid-19 restrictions have been implemented and alternative approaches utilised in media production. Adopting innovative techniques for filming in response to pandemic restrictions, Windrush Betrayal illustrates the ongoing impacts of immigration policies on Caribbean Diaspora populations in the UK. This paper provides a timely opportunity to tease out the ways in which changes in government immigration policies, media work practices and the production of migration narratives can highlight hidden geographical stories and marginalised voices
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)115-124
    Number of pages10
    Early online date9 May 2022
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022


    • Convergent media
    • Caribbean Diaspora
    • Film
    • Windrush
    • Immigration

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geography, Planning and Development


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