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One Sunday Morning (1996)

Main image of One Sunday Morning (1996)
35mm, black and white, 20 min
DirectorEmmanuel Kurewa
Production CompanyNational Film And Television School
ProducerMyf Hopkins
Written byEmmanuel Kurewa
 Aileen Ritchie
CinematographySøren Bay

The threat of deportation causes tension in the lives of a young Nigerian family.

Video Clips

1. 'You always say tomorrow' (1:48)
2. No further right of appeal (2:30)
3. Drumming (2:40)

What do you think?

Watch the first clip, 'You always say tomorrow'

  1. Why is Mordecai selling flowers on the road?

Now watch the second extract, 'No further right of appeal'

  1. Why do you think the filmmaker chooses to portray the government official in this way?
  2. Why is Margaret shown selling flowers?

Now watch the third extract, 'Drumming'

  1. What do you think the drum symbolises?
  2. Why is Mordecai being refused asylum?
  3. Why do you think the filmmaker chose to shoot the film in black and white?
  1. Mordecai is selling flowers because he has not been granted refugee status. This means he is not legally allowed to work in the UK.
  2. The government official appears firm and perhaps unsympathetic to the couple.
  3. Margaret has now replaced her husband selling flowers because he has not been granted asylum in the UK.
  4. The drum could be seen as a symbol of the family's Nigerian culture.
  5. According to the official it is because he has not put his asylum application in time unlike his wife and daughters.
  6. Filmmakers might chose to use black and white film for many reasons - in this film it could be seen to produce a gritty, realistic quality similar in appearance to documentary.