Black Britain on Film, Screening in Tottenham
Written by: Sophie Taylor
In collaboration with the Independent Cinema Office (ICO), Black History Studies presents ‘Black Britain on Film’, a new series of archive film programmes. Available to the British public for the first time, we can now catch extraordinary footage from film archives across the UK.
The touring programme’s freshest offering looks at the history of Black Britain, spanning 1901 to 1985 across a spectrum of regions throughout the UK.
You will get to see incredibly rare and valuable insight into black British life. From miners in the collieries of Edwardian Lancashire to soldiers across the Empire joining the services in World War I, there is rare colour footage of multi-racial Cardiff in 1957 and a beautiful Nigerian wedding in Cornwall in 1964. Racial tension is depicted on a Liverpool housing estate and in New Cross, London while communities celebrate their roots on the streets of Notting Hill for Carnival.
Showing a century of voices and vital social change in the UK, Britain on Film: Black Britain is educational and a celebration of Black British life and culture on screen whilst audiences hear stories of migration, community and the struggle against inequality.
After the screening a Q&A will take place with Menelik Shabazz, a Barbados-born film director, producer, educator and writer, acknowledged as a pioneer in the development of independent Black British cinema. Having been at the forefront of contemporary British filmmaking for more than 30 years, Shabazz is best known for the 1981 film Burning an Illusion, his first feature. He was also co-founder in the 1980s of Kuumba film production company and Ceddo Film and Video Workshop, as well as being “founding father of the BFM media project” as the publisher of Black Filmmakers Magazine and creator of BFM International Film Festival.
Admission is free but donations are always very welcome. Secure your free ticket early however as places are limited.
Black Britain on Film: Saturday 18th March, from 6pm to 8pm. (Doors open at 5.30pm).
St Ann’s Library, Cissbury Road, Tottenham, N15 5PU.
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