Compelling Television from Scotland
Authentic, Creative, Distinctive
Telebhisean buadhail à Alba
Dearbhte, Cruthachail, Sònraichte

Winner of the Spirit of the Festival award, Celtic Media Festival 2022

Singer Cass Ezeji journeys to meet Gaelic speakers of African heritage. As a young woman with roots in Nigeria and Scotland, she felt disconnected from the Gaelic community growing up. Though she speaks the language fluently, she’s never been sure of her identity within the Gaelic world.

Beginning at the school where she learned Gaelic, Cass gives a personal insight into her life as she tries to find her place in a culture where she rarely sees herself represented. She uncovers the historical ties between the Gaels and the slave trade and how Highland families greatly profited from this vile enterprise. Cass meets experts to look at the evidence that can still be found, both in the countryside and cities. Difficult questions will be raised as racism continues to have an impact to this day.

In speaking with fellow Afro-Gaels, Cass examines just what it means to be part of the Gaelic community. And, for the first time, she gives Gaelic singing a go.


Catriona Lexy Campbell