I set up Syncopate Media production company in 2012. As an independent filmmaker and director, my films have tackled a range of issues including racial inequality, the effects of early onset dementia, the plight of young careers and domestic violence. My interest in giving a platform to those seldom heard motivated me to make my first film, Many Rivers To Cross, which charted the experience of West-Indian migrants who travelled to, and settled in Nottingham during the 1950s and 1960s amidst racial hostility. Called the 'Windrush Generation', their voices told a non-London centric tale of resilience adding to Britain’s rich Black, oral history landscape.

 

My second film, premiered at the Nottingham Contemporary, one of the largest arts gallery in the UK.  Making Waves, is a cultural response to the 2011 uprisings that occurred around England, including Nottingham. After the death of Mark Duggan, the film questioned the effectiveness of the 1976 Race Relations Act, and whether the ‘waves’ made by one generation, have had a positive effect on the next.

 

More recently I have researched and produced a series of documentaries for national broadcast and continue to highlight social change and injustices.

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THE
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OF OPPRESSION
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MAKING WAVES
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MANY RIVERS TO CROSS
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ACTIVISM

© 2021 by Patricia Francis.

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