‘Dear Bradford’ follows the journey of Farhaan Mumtaz exactly 21 years after the notorious Bradford riots. This intimate and heartfelt documentary celebrates a complex city and the rich legacy of South Asian communities in the area.
As Farhaan returns to his home during the pandemic, for the first time in a decade, he sits down with his Pakistan-born grandmother to understand more about his family’s own relationship with the city. What emerges is an intimate, complex portrait of a family’s rich legacy, and of growing up in areas still defined by stereotypes.
Directed by Vivek Vadoliya and produced by the BAFTA and Academy award-winning Guardian Documentaries team, the 20-minute documentary was produced by Soursop, who co-created the idea with Vivek and writers Ravi Amaratunga Hitchcock and Farhaan Mumtaz.
It is part of a continued commitment from Soursop to support, promote and platform creative stories from the South Asian diaspora that would otherwise not be told. The film continues to be used as an educational resource bridging different communities and perspectives.