Lancaster used to be Roman fort once. In 18th century Lancaster traded over 29 000 African slaves to America. In 19th century it was the Linoleum exported to many countries around the world and from 20th century onwards it is the University that makes Lancaster international place with over 120 nationalities living in this small city in the North West England.
Many foreigners, who come here, did not have Lancaster in mind as their original destination. So what brought them here? What was the most challenging aspect of their life in the beginning when they came? And what is going to happen to international community this year, when Brexit is finally here? These are some of the questions asked in this new short film documentary “Lancaster International”.
Lancaster International is about everyday lives of ordinary people. But are they really ordinary? They were not afraid to change jobs, country, leave their families behind, adopt new language and embrace new culture. They now live in a country that wants to end free movement and because they are not citizens and cannot vote, they can’t do anything about it.
Lancaster International captures the time at the moment before Brexit. So that some years from now, people will look back and see how colourful and international Lancaster used to be.