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Posted On: 27th Jun 2013

Worlds Apart Fix on ITV

Fixer Mustak Abdul
The screening of Mustak's film
Dr. Paul Hitchings from Swansea Metropolitan University

Fixer Mustak Abdul from Swansea feels there is a divide between the older and younger generation in his community – particularly within immigrant families – and wants to help bridge this gap by encouraging both groups to communicate and better understand one another.

 

Watch the video, which was featured on ITV News Cymru Wales on Thursday 4th July, at the top of this story.

 

The 22-year-old Fixer moved to the UK eight years ago from Bangladesh, where he used to regularly socialise with his parents.

 

In the UK however he noticed a distinct communication gap between young and old people.

 

With the help of Fixers, Mustak held an event where over 80 people of all ages from his local community came together to share their views on the subject in an effort to better understand one another.

 

The footage from the event was put together into a short Fixers film, which Mustak is screening to various groups in Swansea offering viewers insight into both sides of the generation gap.

 

He says: 'I used to chill out with my parents and there was not any confusion or communication gap. But in the UK, a lot of the younger and older generation are separate. 

 

'The segregation really surprises me, so I just want to do something which can bring people together.'

 

Also featured in the piece is Dr Paul Hutchings, Psychology Programme Director at Swansea Metropolitan University: 'Healing a communication gap is extremely important, especially when you have parents born in another country,' he says.

 

'Their culture may be extremely different to what their children are growing up in. It’s important to keep talking.'

 

Author: Ashley Scrace

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