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Identity: An Alternative History

Lipika Pelham

Jewish Book Week 2021

Lipika Pelham speaker

This is an online streaming event

After the live broadcast, ticket holders and on-demand bookers will be able to watch this performance until midnight on 31 March. For information on how to use KPlayer please refer to our guide or see the KPlayer FAQ.


A slave woman in 1840s America dresses as a white, disabled man to escape to freedom; 170 years later a black rights activist is ‘cancelled’ for denying her whiteness. From Pope Joan to Parasite, as long as we’ve drawn lines describing ourselves and each other, people have naturally fallen or deliberately stepped between them. In Passing: An Alternative History of Identity, award-winning BBC journalist and filmmaker Lipika Pelham reflects on tales of fluidity and transformation, including her own as a Bengali-Indian-Bangladeshi with a Hindu-Muslim background, who now speaks Hebrew after her eight years in Jerusalem.

Click here to buy Passing: An Alternative History of Identity by Lipika Pelham from Blackwell’s.


Lipika Pelham worked in the BBC newsroom for over a decade, and has reported from the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. Having made several award-winning documentary films, she now writes and produces independent programmes for the BBC. Lipika is the author of Jerusalem on the Amstel, also published by Hurst, and The Unlikely Settler.

Identity: An Alternative History

Lipika Pelham

Jewish Book Week 2021

Date & start time:Sun 28 Feb – 6.45pm
Price:£9.50
Performers:Lipika Pelham
Genres:Jewish Book Week, Online Events, Words

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