Two people born to African American GIs and British women set out to discover who their fathers were and learn more about their black heritage.
This is like a Long Lost Family special with a sharp historical twist. Mary from Bristol is in her late 70s and has been trying for 20 years to trace her father. He was a black GI who knew her mother when he was stationed in South Wales during World War II. After the war, he sent a letter inviting Mary and her mother to join him in America, but in a cruel move, Mary’s grandmother ensured they never received it.
Presenter Sean Fletcher highlights Mary’s story as one of thousands of children born to the British girlfriends of African-American GIs – as he puts it, “the first significant generation to be born Black and British, but missing a vital part of their identity.” John from Weymouth has a similar tale and when Fletcher tracks down relatives, we see him and Mary movingly reunited with parts of their US families, as years of stigma and isolation fall away.
Production & Filming Details
- Sean Fletcher.
- Alex Thomas.
- Emily Shields … executive producer.
- Yasmine Permaul … producer.
- Channel 4.
- Release Date: 17 August 2022.
- Rating: Unknown.
- Running Time: 90 minutes.
- Country: UK.
- Language: English.