NOT A NUMBERS GAME
Why are members of the South Asian community less likely to use palliative care services than other ethnic groups?
From language barriers to ingrained beliefs that families should ‘care for their own’, this documentary explores the actual and perceived barriers faced by Wolverhampton’s South Asian community.
Lead by Wolverhampton palliative care provider and charity Compton Care, this film takes a raw and unfiltered look into the experiences of real people and offers a series of solutions to ensure those diagnosed with an incurable illness are able to access the care and support they need and deserve.
Funded by The National Big Lottery Community Fund and supported by Hospice UK this documentary was first aired on September 25th 2019.
View the trailer here and the full documentary below.
Not A Numbers Game Trailer
Not A Numbers Game
DIRECTORS STATEMENT – BHULLA BEGHAL
This was a truly special and exciting project where I had creative control in the direction. Firstly, it was important to not make a film made of just interviews talking about barriers in the South Asian community, many of these exist and they leave the viewer with little take home information. We wanted to offer solutions to each of these barriers which is where Dr Karan Jutlla’s calculated insights help.
Knowing that we were able to offer solutions, the second challenge I wanted to overcome was, “how can I involve sequences that are not only interviews?” This forced me to thinking creatively about how to show certain points without saying them. For example, to show that Maz, the community engagement coordinator, is good at her job and loves it but will still face barriers, as much as she tries to connect with the community, we introduced the radio station scenes. It demonstrated Maz’s determination to connect with the community, by going a local Asian radio station, whilst allowing the viewer to see her dialogue being translated for the audience.
When I am being advised by someone, I want to be reassured that the advice is coming from a credible source. And therefore, it was important for the audience to have an insight into Dr Jutlla’s background; proving her credibility in her analysis’s.
Overall, with trust from Compton Care in my ideas, direction and editing, mixed with the fascinating characters we had access to, I was able to push this video journal of a study into a documentary that would appeal to a broader audience.
NOT A NUMBERS GAME PREMIERE AT THE LIGHT HOUSE, WOLVERHAMPTON, SEPTEMBER 2019