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Black Britain on Film
Sat 18 March 2017, 18:00 – 20:00 GMT
Black History Studies in collaboration with the Independent Cinema Office (ICO) presents 'Black Britain on Film' which is a brand new series of archive film programmes featuring extraordinary treasures from archives across the UK, available to the British public for the first time.
The latest release from this touring programme explores the vital history of Black Britain throughout the 20th century. Bringing together films spanning 1901 to 1985 and taken from many different regions of the UK, it offers incredibly rare, little-seen and valuable depictions of Black British life on screen.
Watch miners in the collieries of Edwardian Lancashire and Yorkshire; and soldiers from across the Empire joining the services to fight for King and 'mother country' in World War I. See rare colour footage of multi-racial Cardiff in 1957, a Nigerian wedding in Cornwall in 1964, and touching interviews with black school leavers in 1965; witness growing racial tensions on a Liverpool housing estate and in New Cross, London; communities in search of their roots and partying on the streets of Notting Hill during Carnival.
Revealing new voices from across a century of vast and turbulent social change in the UK, Britain on Film: Black Britain is not just an important educative tool - offering audiences the chance to explore stories of migration, community and the struggle against inequality - but also an opportunity to celebrate vivid Black British life and culture on screen.
Films in this programme:
• Miners Leaving Pendlebury Colliery (1901)
• Hull Fair (1902)
• For the Wounded (1915)
• From Trinidad to Serve the Empire (1916)
• Hello! West Indies (1943)
• Mining Review 2nd Year No. 11 (1949)
• To the Four Corners (1957)
• Black Special Constable (1964)
• Black Police Officers (1966)
• Cold Railway Workers (1963)
• Nigerian Wedding in Cornwall (1964)
• Coloured School Leavers (1965)
• Liverpool 8 (1972)
• Blood Ah Go Run (1982)
• The Jah People (1981)
• Grove Carnival (1981)
For the Q&A we will be joined by 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.
Also for the Q&A, we will joined by June Givanni www.junegivannifilmarchive.com who is a pioneering international film curator who has considerable experience in film and broadcasting for over 30 years and she is regarded as a resource for African and African diaspora cinema. The development of the Pan African Cinema Archive is based on her collections from years of working in the field of cinema. Her motivation for the archive is to make this valuable heritage collection as widely accessible as possible.
THIS EVENT IS NOT TO BE MISSED!!
AN EVENT FOR ALL THE FAMILY!!
This event will take place on SATURDAY 18TH MARCH 2017 from 6pm to 8pm.
Doors open at 5.30pm.
This event will be held at St Ann's Library, Cissbury Road, Tottenham, London, N15 5PU. Approx 10 mins walk from Seven Sisters Station. On street parking. Buses 67, 259, 279 stop nearby.
Admission will be FREE. Donations would be appreciated.
PLEASE ARRIVE AT LEAST 15 MINUTES EARLY.
Places for this event are limited so if you are interested in attending please secure your free ticket.