Film telling councillor's story to be premiered
A FILM chronicling a local councillor's rise from shopkeeper to society high-flier will be premiered tomorrow.
Drake ward councillor and Deputy Lord Mayor of Plymouth Chaz Singh is the focus of 'Sikh and Ye Shall Find'.
The short film documents Cllr Singh's ten-year personal and professional journey since arriving in Plymouth – and is being screened tomorrow as part of a huge celebration of diversity.
Well-known Cllr Singh is a community development worker for the Devonport-based inclusion organisation Fata He.
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The proud patriot is also the brains behind Plymouth's annual St George's Day celebrations, which raise thousands of pounds for charity every year. The Labour councillor teamed up with Plymouth University student, Metal Snare Productions film-maker and fellow Fata He worker Bill Sheikh to produce the 30-minute movie.
It will be shown at Plymouth Central Library's meeting room at 5pm tomorrow, followed by a question-and-answer session with the pair and the chance to dip into some refreshments.
The screening is part of national Black History Month celebrations.
Cllr Singh became the city's first ever Sikh councillor when he was elected in May last year.
He said: "This has been a fantastic opportunity to work with Bill from Plymouth University, Plymouth Central Library, and to look back and document on how it all happened.
"It is a question I do get asked a lot. It also highlights the contribution made by members of the black, Asian and minority ethnic community''
Cllr added that there had been interest in showing the film on the Sikh Channel, a free-to-air satellite, internet and Sky Digital TV station.
Entry to tomorrow evening's premiere is free. However, spaces are limited so booking is essential, organisers have warned.
To reserve a place, visit www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/4520514982.
Alternatively, contact Plymouth Central Library on 01752 305901 or by emailing email@example.com.
A second public showing, which is set to be held at Plymouth University, is also being planned to take place next month.