Khans run the Food Inn, a 24 hour cornershop. The cornershop offers various products from different cultures and countries such as Poland, Bulgaria and even Nigeria. Khan tells us about working in the shop and his dreams of owning his own business.
This film is part of 1000 Londoners, a five-year digital project which aims to create a digital portrait of a city through 1000 of the people who identify themselves with it. The profile contains a 3 minute film that gives an insight into the life of the Londoner, as well as their personal photos of London and some answers to crucial questions about their views on London life. Over the course of the project we aim to reveal as many facets of the capital as possible, seeing city life from 1000 points of view.
1000 Londoners is produced by South London based film production company and social enterprise, Chocolate Films. The filmmakers from Chocolate Films will be both producing the films and providing opportunities to young people and community groups to make their own short documentaries, which will contribute to the 1000 films. Visit www.chocolatefilms.com
I have Polish, Bulgarian, English, Slovakian, that one Italian, Turkish, Tunisian. That one is English Jam, this is a Turkish jam, this is a Polish jam. That one is Polish. It's German. You can see the Polish line, you can see the Bulgarian line, is the difference. I can sell Nigerian tea as well. No one is selling like this - Tesco, Asda, Iceland. That's why people do come to buy here. Everyone like to his country's product. I'm the store manager in the shop. I do business management, you know, my diploma. I know how to grow up the business. You try to make customer happy as well, how you meet to customer, that's very important. When customer is happy with you, he's coming to regular with you.
'You need help?'
He's my regular customer, I know him 5 years.
'Where are you from?'
'Where am I from? Ukraine'
'Ukraine? Ah you speak Russian'
I can decide what I want to hear, like it's my own store, you know? My boss is happy with what I decide, he never say 'Why?'. I grow up in my country, in Pakistan, you know? Now I'm 30 years old. And when I came here, it's 24. I came to help my brother, he study here when he came, he 16 years. We meet with, first time, with the Facebook, you know? I just sent request, with the fun, you know?
'And is she from Pakistan?'
No, she's Russian. She say 'I don't speak so much English.' I say 'Okay, I translate – I use Google Translate.' After she speak slowly, slowly, she give me her number, and we can speak everyday, half an hour, after we meet. After so long time, everyday we meet, and after, we decide to go married.
'And how long was that period?'
Ah it's like...9 months.
You know, I have future in the plan. I will try to open my own business. I think small with the big. I hope so, maybe I grow up more, more, more. I don't know, no one knows after what's going on, but I have planned my mind like this. We can open supermarket, for the big, me and my wife and my brother. We will work together.