Frances-Anne Solomon | UK | 25 mins | Short Documentary | 1993 | English
It took the War Office two years of infighting to allow Caribbean women of colour to join the ATS, a branch of the British Army. Five of these women get together again some 50 years after they were among 300 West Indian women who came to Britain to serve in the war so that male soldiers could leave their desk duties to go to the Front. Solomon’s upbeat film makes good use of some truly appalling War Office internal memos. The documentary also uses archival footage and still photographs of these young women looking astonishingly exotic in foggy wartime London. These five friends settled in England afterwards, one to become a Head Teacher while another became a midwife.