This work examines the experiences of a mother from South Shields who tragically lost her son in a racist murder in 2006. It is based on a detailed process of research conducted over four months. It uses photographs; video and audio recordings of the mothers’ voice to examine the family’s experiences, and attempts to explain her experiences before and after the murder, and some of the lasting legacies of this experience. Through the photofilm we get insights into the specific social, political and historical context for her experiences, and begin to understand the fragile and shifting relationship between ones identity, ideas around belonging and nationalism, and the process of victimisation.
n the film, Barbara Yusef Porter, recounts the events which led to her son’s murder in 2006. Her son, Lee Phipps made numerous reports to the police over a protracted period of time. The general nature of the complaints was that people in the their community were subjecting them to racist threats and actions. It is clear that before his death, Lee had a genuine sense that he had been let down by the police response to those complaints. He died on the 2nd March 2006.