My New Home
Fri Mar 29, 9-10pm, C4
Fri Mar 22 2013
Time Out Ratings<strong>Rating: </strong>5/5
Part two of this essential series sees big changes for the three young people trying to come to terms with their new British identities. There are two stories here: we see Zimbawean Marshal, and Altynay from Kyrgyzstan, gradually assimilate more of their adopted country’s culture, while bullied Pakistani Imran retreats into a naively hardline Muslim stance, while keeping one eye on the cricket coverage.
The raw experiences are compelling enough, but subtle editing delivers telling juxtapositions: the tut-tuttable idea of Imran having no say in his arranged marriage in Pakistan is immediately followed with the through-the-hoops ignominy of the UK Citizenship Test, which filmmaker Daisy Asquith would clearly have failed. Asquith herself is a gently authoritative presence; this is a tribute to the old-fashioned idea of letting a story unfold without deciding what the punchline is first, then working backwards.
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