Black screen Film Festival stemmed from the ABE (All black everything) meetup group based in Manchester. The group was created in September 2015 with the sole purpose to promote and support black/African events around the country.
For 2016, BSFF will host its first event showcasing – through films - the rich history, values, and culture of people of pan-African origin and also to highlight the achievements of ancestral heroes and their contribution to shaping the world as we know it now.
The primary purpose of the festival is to create a platform on which Black and African positive history and rich culture is shared and talked about.
The maiden edition of the Black screen Film Festival is scheduled for Nov 2016 in Manchester with future prospects in other parts of the UK in subsequent years.
Key features of the festival include screening of films, lectures, documentaries, autobiographies as well as Q&A sessions and networking.
Blood go ah run - 1982, 20mins
It was February 1981 and a fire in New Cross takes 13 young peoples lives. When I heard the news, like many, I was in a state of shock! The fire was one incident that to many of us didn’t feel right, the police wanted us to believe there was an argument and that a black person was responsible - discounting a racist attack possibility. I got involved with the various organisations who came together to express community anger at the deaths and the way the police were handling the case. We were sure it was a racist attack in an area where similar types of incidents have happened before using petrol bombs. We organised the Black Peoples Day of Action March that was called for at the local community meeting and I felt compelled to record this moment on film. This incident touched people far and wide.
Step forward youth - 1987, 30mins
STEP FORWARD YOUTH The title came from a reggae tune of the same name by Prince Jazzbo. I wanted this film to be relevant to my community more than looking for outside recognition. menelik shabazz
Food and drinks will be provised at the event.