NEPALI elders hope a new video will connect youngsters born and raised in Swindon with the culture of their forefathers.

Made by Martin and Hannah Parry of Swindon Viewpoint, the film was commissioned by the Nepali Association of Wiltshire - and shown at the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Kalabang Gharedi Samaj, a UK-wide group for those originating from Nepal village Kalabang Gharedi.

JB Gurung of the Nepali Association of Wiltshire said of the film: “It will speak forever.”

The video, premiered at the Buckhurst Community Centre in Walcot, sees young and old Swindon Nepalis share their experiences of living in the UK.

One young woman, interviewed for the film, says to the camera: “There’s a huge difference in the life there and the life here.”

She adds later in the film, which features narration from Joanna Lumley: “As a parent or as an uncle you would encourage children to know so much about their culture.

“I think sometimes they need to be patient or understand it doesn’t come straightaway.”

JB Gurung of NAW told assembled dignitaries after the film was screened: “I am sure this film will reflect us, the Nepali Gurungs: who we are and where we are from.”

Swindon mayor Kevin Parry told the celebration: “I’m absolutely delighted to be here today to celebrate your anniversary. I think one of the most amazing things about Swindon is its diversity and culture.

“As I go out throughout my mayoral year I’m seeing that more and more. I’m really pleased Swindon is such a diverse town.”

The film was funded by a £3,850 grant from the Wiltshire Community Foundation.

Chief executive Rosemary Macdonald said: “It’s been our great pleasure to be able to award a grant for the making of this film. The Nepali community in Swindon really stands out as a community that works together. You’re helping not only your own community but many others as well.”