I grew up understanding that if I wanted to see people of colour in the movies, I needed to look for them in the margins to which they were always consigned. I hadn’t watched a film with my brothers for many years by the time I saw East is East (1999). At University in Leeds by this time, I remember its impact clearly and I wished my family and I had had the chance to watch this film together. As the first cinematic depiction of a dual-heritage family that I saw, East is East made a huge impression on me. Yes I see its flaws, the missed opportunities to do greater justice to the story of the mother and father in particular, but I love the movie regardless of these. East is East is the first time I saw a film family I could connect with however remotely and that meant a great deal to me, then and now.